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Ina Garten’s French Chocolate Bark Recipe

Ina Garten’s French Chocolate Bark is a highly rated treat that makes an easy last-minute dessert or homemade holiday gift.

Ina Garten's French Chocolate Bark recipe - an easy to make no-bake dessert! It's also a homemade candy that doesn't require using a candy thermometer! Recipe via @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | homemade bark | homemade candy | homemade gifts | how to make chocolate bark | easy dessert recipes | chocolate recipes

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Have you ever made chocolate bark? If not, it’s definitely a recipe you need to try because it’s INCREDIBLY easy! Plus, it’s a no-bake dessert and a homemade candy that doesn’t require using a candy thermometer. WINNING.

For this recipe, I ever so slightly adapted Ina Garten’s French Chocolate Bark recipe to fit our tastes a teeny tiny bit. My husband isn’t a huge fan of ginger but I didn’t want to omit that completely, it really brings a lot to the table here.

Ina Garten's French Chocolate Bark recipe - an easy to make no-bake dessert! It's also a homemade candy that doesn't require using a candy thermometer! Recipe via @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | homemade bark | homemade candy | homemade gifts | how to make chocolate bark | easy dessert recipes | chocolate recipes

Instead, I drastically reduced the amount and used just a quarter of what Ina used. The flavor is still there just not as pronounced and in your face gingery.

Also I just want to call attention to the dried fruit here –> have you seen how plump and gorgeous it is?!! It’s not your typical grocery store dried fruit, it’s from Nuts.com and let me tell you, I’M A FAN.

You guys, this dried fruit is unlike any I have bought from the store. It’s big and plump and it’s not dried out. I had to stop myself from eating all of the dried apricots before making this French Chocolate Bark. And don’t even get me started on those golden raisins, they’re my dark horse favorite!

Ina Garten's French Chocolate Bark recipe - an easy to make no-bake dessert! It's also a homemade candy that doesn't require using a candy thermometer! Recipe via @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | homemade bark | homemade candy | homemade gifts | how to make chocolate bark | easy dessert recipes | chocolate recipes

The dried cherries are top notch too – THEY’RE ACTUALLY ROUND. I know, that’s a big deal! I’ve only ever had dried cherries that are flat and dry. I’ve been doing it wrong all along. I’m a serious convert here. You guys are going to love this bark if you make it with quality ingredients.

Holiday talk here – last Christmas, I made a few batches of Candy Cane Bark for holiday gifts which is super fun and festive. This version is a bit more sophisticated and the fruit is a nice change from using the typical seasonal flavors.

Both are great for homemade holiday gifting or to make for hostess gifts. You can also just make this for yourself and hide in in the freezer for your own personal stash. I won’t tell, pinky-promise! Enjoy!

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Ina Garten's French Chocolate Bark recipe - an easy to make no-bake dessert! It's also a homemade candy that doesn't require using a candy thermometer! Recipe via @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | homemade bark | homemade candy | homemade gifts | how to make chocolate bark | easy dessert recipes | chocolate recipes

Ina Garten's French Chocolate Bark recipe - an easy to make no-bake dessert! It's also a homemade candy that doesn't require using a candy thermometer! Recipe via @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | homemade bark | homemade candy | homemade gifts | how to make chocolate bark | easy dessert recipes | chocolate recipes

Ina Garten's French Chocolate Bark

Yield: 20 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Ina Garten's French Chocolate Bark is a highly rated treat that makes an easy last-minute dessert or homemade holiday gift. 

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate (70%), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon crystalized ginger, very finely diced
  • 1 cup whole roasted salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • pinch of Maldon Sea Salt, optional

Instructions

  1. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add the semisweet and dark chocolate to a microwave safe glass bowl. Heat on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir well then heat on 50% power for an additional minute.
  3. Stir well then heat the chocolate in the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir well until the chocolate is melted. (Heat in the microwave at 50% power for an additional 15-20 seconds if necessary.)
  4. When the chocolate is melted, spread into a rectangle on the prepared parchment lined baking sheet, about 10x14 inches. 
  5. Layer the toppings on in this order: crystallized ginger, cashews, dried cherries, dried apricots, and golden raisins. If any of the toppings seem loose, press lightly into the chocolate so they will stay. Sprinkle with a pinch of Maldon Sea Salt if desired.
  6. Let the chocolate bark cool (on a flat surface) at room temperature for 2 hours. Cut into 20 pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Serve at room temp.

Notes

  • This recipe is ever so slightly adapted from the Barefoot Contessa
  • I highly recommend purchasing the dried fruit and cashews from Nuts.com - their dried fruit is the freshest, plumpest, and tastiest available.
  • Use dairy free / vegan chocolate to keep this vegan!
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 170Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
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Kate

Sunday 15th of December 2019

Hi! The recipe looks great, but in her video, Ina mentions that she doesn’t temper the chocolate- but she serves it the same day. Can this be made ahead? Will it turn gray if stored in a jar and given as a gift a few days later?

Shay

Friday 20th of December 2019

I store mine in the refrigerator and haven't had an issue with it turning gray.

jenna urben

Thursday 25th of October 2018

This looks great! I've actually never had chocolate bark and I've def never tried to make it myself. I think this would be great around the holidays and maybe to even give to friends and neighbors :) Gonna pin this and refer back in a few weeks!!

Marie

Saturday 20th of October 2018

Can you please recommend a good brand of chocolate?

Sharon

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

I use and really like Enjoy Life Foods, Endangered Species chocolate, Green & Blacks, Guittard, and Dagoba!

Jennifer Bliss

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

It's been too long since I have made bark...need to soon! LOVE that you used apricots!!!!

Amanda

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

The dried fruit and crystallized ginger surprised me. Talk about a wow factor!!! This has to be one of my holiday candy projects.

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