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Sweeten things up with these milk chocolate treats, from bark to lollipops

July 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM ET

Video: Jacques Torres, the master pastry chef known as "Mr. Chocolate," shows KLG and Hoda how to sweeten things up with easy-to-make milk chocolate treats, from bark to lollipops.

If you're looking for a fun activity to do with the kids or just a way to get your chocolate fix, these crafty dessert recipes are for you. Jacques Torres, a master pastry chef known as "Mr. Chocolate" and the face of Jacques Torres Chocolate shops, is showing TODAY how to sweeten things up with these easy-to-make milk chocolate treats, from bark to lollipops. 

Milk chocolate bark 
Makes 1/2 of a sheet pan

Jacques Torres, Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford make chocolate on the TODAY show in New York, on July 29, 2014.
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  • 4 cups chocolate 
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 3/4 cups hazelnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups almonds
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pretzels
  • Corn Syrup

Caramelize all the nuts together in corn syrup, then roast them in the oven. Once cooled, mix with the tempered chocolate. Pour into a sheet pan and allow the bark to cool. 

Milk chocolate lollipops

Jacques Torres, Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford make chocolate on the TODAY show in New York, on July 29, 2014.
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  • 1 lb. milk chocolate, tempered 
  • Fruit candies
  • Gummy candies
  • Chocolate candies
  • Pretzels
  • Various nuts 

Melt the chocolate. 

Pour the tempered chocolate directly into the plastic lollipop molds, filling to the top. 

Set the lollipop sticks in place by inserting them just far enough to be firmly placed in the chocolate in the mold. Decorate with candies, and set aside for 30 minutes. 


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