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Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Cranberry Pistachio Bark
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Gluten-Free20 minutes
This beautiful and festive Cranberry Pistachio Bark is a perfect handmade gift to give to your loved ones (they don't have to know how easy it was to make!).

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Cranberry Pistachio Bark

I’m one of those super annoying people who would play Christmas music and wear jingle bells all year ’round if it was socially acceptable. I know a lot of people get frustrated when the fa-la-la-laing starts before Thanksgiving, but I’m all about adding a little holiday cheer whenever you can—even if it comes before the unofficial start date.

I have such fondness for all the glitter and joy and love that is the holiday season, I just can’t resist starting it a little early each year. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is showering my favorite people with handmade gifts. It brings me such joy to craft something special for the people I love and appreciate.

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Since we are personally on a charge to remove clutter from our lives, we like to extend the clutter-free lifestyle to our friends and family, too, by gifting consumables. We gift cookies. We gift homebaked bread. We gift homebrew. We gift homemade soap. We gift garlic from our garden. We gift jam. Some people even get big baskets filled with all of these things!

I’ve seen Facebook posts out there around Christmastime that say people don’t want food, they want cash, but I refuse to believe we live in that kind of world. I want to believe that the people we gift our wares to understand how much time and love go into them. Maybe it’s naive, but I like to believe that my mailman really does love (or at least, appreciate) the tin of goodies I leave for him in our mailbox every December. And I know our dogsitter enjoys his yearly six pack of homebrew.

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

This Cranberry Pistachio Bark will be added to our list of consumable Christmas gifts this year. It’s beautiful (and festive with the red and green!), delicious, and so easy to make. Easy enough that you could make enough of this stuff in an afternoon to gift to every mail carrier in your state!

Since this recipe is mega simple (four ingredients total), it’s important to use really great quality ingredients—especially the chocolate. You want good, velvety, intense chocolate. I chose to use GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC Chocolate (in both 70% Dark and White). The 70% Dark is wonderfully smooth and has great chocolate flavor. The White Chocolate is one of the only white chocolate bars out there that actually tastes like something! It has glorious specs of vanilla bean and has a wonderful vanilla flavor. Plus, all of GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC Chocolate is certified organic and fair trade certified. It makes my heart happy to use chocolate from a company who is so committed to social responsibility.

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

If you’ve never made a bark before, it’s super simple—you’ll want to make bark all the time! All you do is melt some chocolate, pour into a pan, and then sprinkle some yummy mix-ins on top. Let it cool completely, then cut or break it into pieces.

I chose to do a thin layer of dark chocolate, topped with a thick layer of white chocolate that holds the cranberries and pistachios. I really like the look of the cranberries and pistachios on the white background, and I think adding just a thin layer of dark chocolate adds some nice richness. You can, of course, play with the layers however you like. Not a fan of white chocolate? Skip that layer. Want to use milk chocolate? Go for it. Make this cranberry pistachio bark your own!

Cranberry Pistachio Bark
Cranberry Pistachio Bark
Cranberry Pistachio Bark
Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Of course, this bark doesn’t have to be a Christmas recipe. It’s a tasty, fun treat all year ’round. Make up a batch of it for a host or hostess gift to thank your Thanksgiving cook for all their hard work. Bring a batch to work to cheer up your coworkers (treats always do that!). Or just make a batch to enjoy with a hot mug of tea by the fireplace with a good book at home. Just make a batch! Enjoy.

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This beautiful and festive Cranberry Pistachio Bark is a perfect handmade gift to give to your loved ones (they don't have to know how easy it was to make!).

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces dark chocolate (2, 3.5 ounce GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC 70% Dark Chocolate)
  • 10 ounces white chocolate (about 3, 3.5 ounce GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC White Chocolate bars)
  • 1/2 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 cup shelled, salted pistachios

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a double boiler over medium-low heat, melt the dark chocolate, stirring constantly, until very smooth. Pour chocolate into the prepared baking pan. Spread into an even layer. Let cool completely.
  3. Clean out the double boiler, then add the white chocolate. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until very smooth. Pour over the cooled dark chocolate and spread into an even layer.
  4. Immediately sprinkle on the cranberries and pistachios. Press lightly on top to seat them into the dark chocolate.
  5. Let the bark cool completely to harden, then lift out of the pan. Break up using your hands or cut using a sharp knife.

Notes

Speed up the cooling process by popping the bark into the freezer—just make sure to use a flat spot or your bark will be uneven.

If you can’t find salted pistachios, use unsalted, but sprinkle the top of the bark with a little flaky sea salt before it cools.

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

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103 Responses
  1. Linda P

    This recipe looks incredible and gorgeous!!
    I will be going shopping today for GREEN & BLACK’S ORGANIC Chocolate and the other ingredients! I think these will make wonderful Thanksgiving gifts for my daughters therapists, to show our appreciation and let them know how thankful we are for them!

  2. Dani

    My favorite is Dark Chocolate!! Then Milk, I’m not a fan of White Chocolate but I LOVE the way it pulls the red and green together in this recipe! Also, I just have to mention that you are my soul sister… “I’m one of those super annoying people who would play Christmas music and wear jingle bells all year ’round if it was socially acceptable.” this is SO ME too!

  3. Jessica

    White and sometimes milk chocolate, though I”m not big on straight chocolate.
    I used to pick the chips out of chocolate chip cookies so I could just eat the cookie part around them.
    My family does not understand me. 🙂

  4. This looks delicious! I am not usually a fan of white chocolate (as it usually just tastes like sugar and wax) but I know how good the green and black dark chocolate is so now I can’t wait to try their white and your recipe! Thanks so much

  5. Alaina

    Yum. In general, I’d pick dark chocolate if I was forced into an answer, but I think it depends on what you are making. White chocolate with toasted coconut mixed in it is one of my favorites come February when I’m dreaming of someplace warm and tropical! Dark chocolate is great for a bite during an afternoon slump, or to add to chili on a cool fall day. It just depends. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Ashley B C

    My favorites are lower percentage dark chocolates, milk chocolate (but not the candy bar brands), and then delicious white chocolate. I made myself horrendously sick eating an entire bag of peppermint white chocolate bark when I was 12, so it’s been a love hate relationship for a while.

    More important than my love for chocolate, though, is this book I want to recommend to you–The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand! It’s labeled as “chick lit,” but it sings to my YA loving heart. There’s a smart heroine, a love of chocolate, and European adventures. All of the characters are so likeable and the tension builds wonderfully. I re-read it at least once a year. I truly think you’d like it!

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13585501-the-chocolate-thief?from_search=true&search_version=service

  7. Jaclyn

    I adore all chocolate but if I had to pick I’d go with milk chocolate with a healthy dose of salted almonds sprinkled on top. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Julie Wood

    I am a fan of milk chocolate in my recipes, especially, my fudge that I will be making for the Holidays.! But I eat only dark chocolate every day for my health.

  9. Laura

    I love the idea of two different colored layers of chocolate. My favorite bark is bitter dark chocolate, dried cranberries and toasted walnuts – so healthy!

  10. Natalie

    I am a huge fan of white chocolate, especially when it covers pretzels or strawberries. If I am eating plain chocolate, I prefer milk chocolate.

  11. I am the same! Also, it doesn’t take anything away from Thanksgiving to start spreading holiday love and cheer the very *second* you close the door on the last trick or treater! LOVE this bark! It is total perfection. Can I be on your Christmas list??

  12. Bethanyh

    When I was a kid it was white chocolate all the way, then I grew up into high quality milk chocolate, now I’m a mom and I finally understand the allure of dark chocolate! (Except for the 85% stuff in my fridge, it’s just too strong) My favorite fudge recipe uses dark and white chocolate chips mixed!

  13. Jeffrey

    My favorite is Dark Chocolate and like to make Chocolate Stout Cake with Chocolate Buttercream. One of the traits in my family is being a chocoholic and it has been so graciously passed down to me.

  14. Lisa

    I’m a fan of all three of the chocolates mentioned. I try to stick to dark chocolate because of it’s reported health benefits. White chocolate always seems special to me when I have it because I don’t see it for sale as much as milk and dark chocolate.

  15. Beth

    We make this on matzah for Passover every year minus the dark chocolate. The cranberry, pistachio, white chocolate combination is amazing!! I’m a white chocolate / milk chocolate addict. Though I’m slowly getting into dark for the health benefits. Chocolate is chocolate, right?! 😉

  16. Anne

    Ahh, chocolate! I love it in all shades, intensities, colors, and flavors, but I confess that I usually reach for the milk chocolate first.

    Thanks for the recipe and idea for making chocolate bark for gifts. It looks very elegant, for sure.

  17. Betty C

    My preference is milk chocolate with white chocolate second. I can only take dark chocolate if it is sufficiently offset with other milder flavors.
    I think this Cranberry Pistachio bark combination would be a winner.

  18. Ellen Cortese

    I love to eat Dark Chocolate. Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate is great to use for making goodies to share. We are making this bark for teacher”s gifts

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