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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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003

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total:
1 hr
Servings:
48
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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; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 11g; dietary fiber 1.5g; sugars 7.7g; fat 5.1g; saturated fat 2.4g; vitamin a iu 71.9IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 0.9mcg; calcium 2.8mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 1.9mg; potassium 25.7mg; sodium 0.2mg; added sugar 6g.
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