With the news that dark chocolate contains some healthful properties, there is a better excuse than ever to indulge during the holiday season. Specks of green pistachios and red dried cherries in this chocolate confection make for a festive holiday gift. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Line the bottom and sides of a jelly-roll pan or baking sheet with foil. (Take care to avoid wrinkles.) Toss pistachios with cherries (or cranberries) in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture in half; stir orange zest into 1 portion.

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  • Melt 18 ounces chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. (Alternatively, microwave on low in 30-second bursts.) Stir often with a rubber spatula so it melts evenly.

  • Remove the top pan and wipe dry (or remove the bowl from the microwave). Stir in the remaining 6 ounces chocolate, in 2 additions, until thoroughly melted and smooth.

  • Add the pistachio mixture containing the orange zest to the chocolate; stir to mix well. Working quickly, scrape the chocolate onto the prepared pan, spreading it to an even 1/4-inch thickness with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the remaining pistachio mixture on top; gently press it into the chocolate with your fingertips. Refrigerate, uncovered, just until set, about 20 minutes.

  • Invert the pan onto a large cutting board. Remove the pan and peel off the foil. Using the tip of a sharp knife, score the chocolate lengthwise with 6 parallel lines. Break bark along the score lines. Break the strips of bark into 2- to 3-inch chunks.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: The bark will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

79 calories; 5.1 g total fat; 2.4 g saturated fat; 26 mg potassium; 11 g carbohydrates; 1.5 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 1.1 g protein; 72 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mcg folate; 3 mg calcium; 2 mg magnesium; 6 g added sugar;

Reviews (8)

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2019
I have made this for years and often give it as gifts for holidays or special occasions. The many folks who have tasted it love it as much as I do especially when they receive a copy if the recipe and see how simple it is to make. Thank you for a tasty and healthy treat! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2013
Delicous--and SO easy to make! I used the semi-sweet chocolate chips and dried cranberries. The orange zest just made it that much better! Try it once and you'll be hooked. Pros: Great flavor easy to make lots of compliments from friends and family Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2013
A huge hit- absolutely delicious! This recipe is delicious and perfect for the holiday season- or any time! I brought it to the office for everyone to try and the entire batch was gone by the end of the day. I highly recommend it and it will be featured in this year's Eat Smart Move More Maintain don't gain Holiday Challenge as a healthy holiday recipe! Pros: Great flavor Cons: expensive ingredients Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2012
Excellent for Chocolate Lovers! I make this with chopped toasted almonds as my honey is allergic to pistachios. I have made it several times and when I cannot find dried cherries I substitute dried cranberries. I love that it is easy to modify that way. I also use Ghirradelli Chocolate Chips for ease. My only problem is that I want to eat all of it!!! Pros: Super easy & quick adapts easily to modifications Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I have been making this for years and it is always a hit. Super fast super easy. Like the previous commenter I also use chips semi sweet or bitter sweet. I try to get good quality. Chopping the chocolate takes a lot of effort and is a bit of a mess and my favorite thing about this recipe is that it is quick and easy. Catherine Chicago IL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
This recipe was very good. I didn't have any bittersweet chocolate so i used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead. It turned out great. Very easy to make and you don't need a lot of ingredients. Anonymous Powhatan VA Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
A friend of mine made this over the weekend and we loved it! I am going to make it and take it to a cookie swap instead of cookies! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this for the office party during Christmas and it was a BIG hit!! Now making it for Valentines to give my family! This is a 5 recipe. Thanks!! Read More