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Jeweled Chocolate Bark

Jeweled Chocolate Bark

Prep Time 10 minutes

In my house, holidays are full of food giving. It might not be too friendly on the waistline but if there's any time of year to indulge, it's now! Come November, I stock up on pounds of chocolate because everyone requests this chocolate bark every year. It's not any chocolate bark, mind you, but a dazzling display of deliciousness melted into one decadent bite. Sweet dried fruits, candied ginger, and sea salt flakes mimic jewels and diamonds and create a gourmet chocolate bark a step up from the traditional!

by Meredith Steele

What you'll need

  • 1 pound good quality dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Helpful Tip:

You can purchase candied ginger at most major grocery stores in the international section. Candied pineapple or even golden raisins will also work as a replacement. Flaked sea salt is sea salt that is sold in large flakes and you can find it in the baking or specialty aisle at most major grocery stores, online, or in specialty stores.

How to make it

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the dark chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted; about 1 minute and 30 seconds total.
  2. Line a 9"x13" baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Pour the melted chocolate onto the paper and spread evenly with a spatula until the chocolate is 1/8" to 1/4" thick.
  3. Evenly sprinkle the apricot, cherries, cranberries, ginger, and salt onto the chocolate. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes to harden and set. Once set, peel the paper from the chocolate and discard. With your hands, break the chocolate into large enough pieces for serving. Store in a food-safe container in the refrigerator or at room temperature.