Homemade treats are great gifts for the holidays, whether you want to bake cookies or make candies. One of the easiest – and tastiest – treats to make is chocolate bark. Chocolate bark, in its simplest form, is a relatively thin sheet of chocolate studded with nuts, dried fruits or even candies. The sheet of bark is set and then broken into uneven pieces to package and serve.
It’s called “bark” because, when made with milk or dark chocolate, the shards look a bit like tree bark. You can make it with just about any kind of chocolate, though. I really like to use a combination of white chocolate and dark chocolate. The two chocolates can be layered or swirled together to give each bite a bit of each flavor and a good balance overall. I topped this bark off with pistachios and dried cranberries for a holiday look. You can use any kind of nuts or dried fruits you like. Roasted and lightly salted nuts are going to give you the greatest depth of flavor.
To make the bar, all you need is a nonstick surface on which to spread out the chocolate. Parchment and wax paper both work very well, but I generally use my silpat for chocolate work. The melted chocolate can be spread out with a knife or a spatula and should be about 1/8th inch thick. Feel free to make a double batch if you want to make it thicker or want to serve a crowd.
Choose good quality chocolate for this bark, since chocolate is the main ingredient. The chocolate needs to be tempered for the best results in your finished bark, a process that is easy to do in the microwave (tutorial here). I used Guittard White Chocolate and Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate for this batch. Make sure that when you choose chocolate – especially with the white chocolate – that you look for something made with real cocoa butter and not vegetable oils, like Candy Melts.
Black and White Chocolate Bark
2 cups white chocolate, chopped
1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup toasted, chopped pistachios
Lay out a piece of parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet.
In a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, partially melt the white chocolate (heating in 30-60 second intervals until about half of it has melted, then stir until smooth). In a small-sized microwave safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate in the same manner. Partially melting the chocolate and stirring in solid pieces will allow you to temper the chocolate.
Pour the white chocolate onto the prepared parchment paper and spread out slightly. Drizzle the dark chocolate over the top and gently smooth the chocolate into an even layer. Chocolate should be about 8×8-inches.
Sprinkle nuts and dried fruits on top of chocolate and place baking sheet in the refrigerator until chocolate is set.
Break up into pieces before serving.
JenDecember 11, 2008
I love making chocolate goodies like this. Yours looks wonderful.
KrisDecember 11, 2008
Wow – looks so easy! With a busy schedule and time running out, this looks like a perfect homemade Christmas gift. Thanks.
EmDecember 11, 2008
what brand of chocolate would you suggest using for this?
NicoleDecember 11, 2008
Em – I used Guittard chocolate, both white and bittersweet/dark for this batch of bark. I love their stuff!
CookiePieDecember 12, 2008
They’re so pretty! What a lovely gift idea.
NamrathaDecember 12, 2008
Looks very pretty!
MeganDecember 13, 2008
I have been planning to make dark/white chocolate bark candy for holiday gifts this year. The pistachio and cranberry sounds like the perfect accompaniment! YUM!
MayaDecember 14, 2008
A great tasting and quick gift!
muddywatersDecember 15, 2008
This looks greats. My wife would be very happy if I made this. Thanks for taking the time to share.
chenboonDecember 18, 2008
Interesting sharing, it looks great.
My family, friends and I will have potluck this Saturday and I think this is a great door gift for my visitors.
Thanks for sharing.
Jamie - Mac GamesJanuary 6, 2009
hello everyone..!! it seems very delicious.. and it won’t take too much time to prepare them.. thanx Nicole..
Leo - WindowJanuary 9, 2009
it looks so intriguing 🙂 fortunately i have all teh necessary ingredients so i’m busy right now preparing it..
HaydenJanuary 26, 2009
Sometimes it seems to me, that I can’t live without chocolate, it makes me work harder and give nice mood! in this pic it looks especially tasty and seductive! mmm…
Takis mpalaskasJune 2, 2009
Wow .. This looks yummy! .. I am gonna make it for my mom 😀
Andrew DriverJuly 20, 2009
Oh… Very delicious pic and recipe… Chocolate is my favourite, can’t live without it. I’ll ask my wife to cook this bark =)
DeepikaDecember 13, 2010
I’ve tried this recipe over the weekend and it was super easy but looks so professional and tastes great. Thanks so much for this recipe!
ErinDecember 19, 2010
I just made this b/w chocolate bark, it was quick and easy and turned out gorgeous. Thank you for your great instructions and recipe! I had cherries and walnuts on hand so I used those and it tasted heavenly.