Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003

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.

Ingredients 48 servings

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  • ¾ cup roasted, shelled pistachios, (3 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup dried cherries, or dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 24 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ¼-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.
  5. 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.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The bark will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 piece
  • Per serving: 79 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 6 g added sugars; 72 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 0 mg sodium; 26 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ fruit, 1 fat

Reviews 8

January 19, 2019
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By: Sunflower 49
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!
December 01, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
November 12, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
December 04, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
February 12, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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!!
December 10, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
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!
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
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
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
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
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