Why is Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit and Almonds the perfect holiday treat? Well, first, unlike most candy, it is easy and pretty much fool-proof. I am hoping to make some fudge and peanut brittle later this week, but today I needed to make something without any stress-factor. These treats also have lots of good-for-you ingredients to boot -- with dark chocolate, almonds and dried cranberries, cherries and almonds is practically a Super Food! It keeps beautifully. Make it today and you can serve it through the new year. And finally, it has that sweet-salty contrast that I love.
We first made a variation on this last winter when we were snowed in the weekend before Christmas. I had a variety of chocolates, dried fruits and nuts on hand, as well as crystallized ginger, and put together a batch inspired by this recipe on Epicurious using semi-sweet chocolate chips. Today’s blizzard inspired me to make another batch.
Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit and Almonds
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
- 2/3 cup mixed dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, and quartered apricots)
- 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel
- Line a small baking sheet with foil. Spray it lightly with cooking spray.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in a medium bowl over saucepan of simmering water, stirring until melted and smooth.
- Pour the melted chocolate onto foil, spreading it with plastic spatula to the thickness of a scant 1/4 inch.
- Scatter the nuts and dried fruit over chocolate.
- Sprinkle with fleur de sel to taste.
- Chill until the chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes.
- Peel off the foil. Cut the chocolate into irregular pieces. Serve the bark slightly chilled.
Total time: 45 minutes
I put together a box to share with my colleagues tomorrow, assuming any of us make it to campus. Some of the rest will get bagged up and given away to friends – an indulgence that even the most health conscious can enjoy! It keeps so well that I’ll be able to take whatever is left to share with my family on the coast next week.