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Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark

Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark pairs bittersweet chocolate, white chocolate, almonds, raspberries, strawberries, pumpkin and chia seeds for a delectable holiday treat.

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Creating this Recipe for Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark

Chocolate Bark is one of the easiest homemade gifts that you can make this holiday season. It is totally customizable depending on what you (or your recipients) like best paired with chocolate.

When I made this recipe for Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, I decided that I should make a few other varieties while I was at it. One of the other varieties that I decided to make was this recipe for Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark.

What You Need to Make Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark

  • Dark or Bittersweet Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Freeze Dried Raspberries
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Sea Salt

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark

Chocolate Bark is so easy to make! Here are the basic steps to make this recipe for Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bark:

  1. Temper the dark chocolate.
  2. Temper the white chocolate.
  3. Spread the dark chocolate on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Then swirl the white chocolate throughout.
  5. Next, sprinkle the freeze dried fruits, nuts, and chia seeds, and sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. After that, you’ll let it cool for a few hours until hard enough to break into pieces.

Can I Put Chocolate Bark in the Fridge to Set?

Technically, yes. However, placing this dark chocolate fruit and nut bark in the fridge will cause condensation to form and the tempered chocolate may lose some of its shine. If you have time, I highly recommend letting the candy cane bark rest on your counter to set.

Tempering Chocolate for Fruit and Nut Bark

The hardest part of making homemade bark is tempering the chocolate.

So, after you master that skill, it is pretty easy to make a few chocolate bark varieties in one day. All you have to do is just double (or triple) the amount of chocolate that you are tempering.

If you’ve never tempered chocolate for homemade chocolate bark before, be sure to check out my How to Temper Chocolate post and video for a more detailed overview with plenty of tips for success!

The biggest trick when tempering chocolate is that you don’t want it to get too hot, because then the chocolate will lose its temper. But, it really isn’t as complicated as it sounds.

Specifically, when tempering chocolate you do not let the chocolate get too hot, above 90 degrees F to be exact. Using a double boiler and the lowest heat possible on my stove does the trick for me.

The above is simply a quick summary of the recipe. Check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

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What Fruits are Good to Add to Chocolate Bark

I am personally partial to the pairing of dark chocolate with the sweetness of berries! I recommend these fruits to pair with your chocolate fruit and nut bark:

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries

Really any fruit that you like that pairs well with the type of chocolate you plan to use. That’s what is so great about recipes like this – you can always customize it according to your preferences!

The most important thing is to use dried or freeze dried fruits as fresh fruits would not work well due to the moisture and their lack of shelf life. If you did use fresh fruit you would need to consume the bark the same day you made it.

What Else Should I Add to Chocolate Bark?

I also love the savory crunch that nuts, like sliced almonds, and seeds offer when paired with the smoothness of bittersweet chocolate.

This recipe for Bittersweet Fruit and Nut Bark uses pumpkin seeds (pepitas), chia seeds, and sliced almonds. Here are some other ideas:

  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • pistachios
  • flaxseed
  • hemp seeds
  • shredded coconut

What Chocolate is Best for Chocolate Bark?

In this recipe I love the contrast of the bittersweet dark chocolate with sweet white chocolate, but you can use any chocolate or any combination of chocolates that you like!

Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark - Super Foods Bark for Homemade Holiday Gifting

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How to Store Chocolate Bark

You’ll need to keep this chocolate bark in an airtight container at room temperature. It’ll last up to a week, noting that the marshmallows may harden slightly over time.

More Homemade Candy Recipes to Try

‘Tis the season for holiday gifting, and for our family that means homemade candies!

Homemade gifts from the kitchen, like this Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark, make great holiday gifts for friends, teachers, and neighbors.

Dare I say that this is even a healthy homemade holiday treat? It is full of super foods after all! So, go ahead and indulge a little. It is rich enough that you won’t need to eat a lot, but it is oh soooooo good.

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Here are some more ideas for your inspiration:

Homemade Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Marshmallows are easy to make! Pair a bag of these goodies with a mug or hot cocoa mix for an inexpensive (and yummy) holiday gift.

Dark Chocolate Turtle Pretzel Bark is a fun treat for kids to help make for a teacher gift. Classic Pecan Christmas Turtles meet Dark Chocolate Bark with the crunchy, salty addition of mini pretzels for a delicious sweet and salty Christmas candy treat.

Do you like making candied nuts? Cinnamon Vanilla Glazed Walnuts or Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts are both simple to make and nice additions to a candy and nut gift box.

Do you know someone who loves chocolate paired with peppermint? This Triple Chocolate Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Bark would be a hit with them!

Dark chocolate pairs white chocolate, milk chocolate chips, marshmallows, and mini candy canes in this Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Bark for a fun holiday treat.

Do you love chewy caramel, crunchy rice crispies, and milk chocolate?These Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars are like Homemade 100 Grand Bars, but even better!

If you’re thinking about homemade gifting, consider this Caramel Sauce with Vanilla and Bourbon  recipe. This recipe is has really simple ingredients: sugar, butter, cream, vanilla extract, bourbon, and salt.

Other Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for a fun family Christmas craft that can also serve as a homemade gift, Salt Dough Ornaments are the sweetest! You can make them with hardly any effort and the kids will have a blast. your limitations are only set by the cookie cutters you own.

If you want to take it one step further, You can even personalize the ornaments for the recipient! Personalization is super easy – just take some mini ABC cookie cutters and stamp the middle with the recipient’s last name initial.

Still want more ideas? Check out these 35 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas if you’re looking for homemade gift ideas this holiday season.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark - Super Foods Bark for Homemade Holiday Gifting

Superfoods Fruit and Nut Bark

Yield: about 2 lbs. of bark
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

This dark and white chocolate swirled bark is loaded with tasty super foods - berries, almonds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds. It makes a great homemade, holiday gift.

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces Dark Chocolate
  • 6 ounces White Chocolate
  • 2/3 cup Freeze Dried Raspberries
  • 2/3 cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Nut's Sliced Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Chia Seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a double boiler, slowly melt the dark chocolate over low heat. Making sure to stir the chocolate regularly.

Monitor the temperature using a candy thermometer to ensure that the chocolate does not get above 90 degrees - otherwise the chocolate will lose its temper.

Turn the heat off as needed so the chocolate doesn't get too hot. Just keep stirring and eventually the chocolate will slowly melt.

Meanwhile, you'll need to repeat this same procedure with the white chocolate.

Pour the dark chocolate on the prepared cookie sheet, spreading with a spatula to smooth it evenly.

The thickness is up to you depending on how thick you'd like the finished product to be.

Drizzle large spoonfuls of the white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate, then use a butter knife or wooden skewer to swirl through the chocolate.

Sprinkle the raspberries, strawberries, Fisher Nut's Sliced Almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and sea salt on top.

Let sit at room temperature until set, about 1 - 2 hours. Then, break into individual serving size pieces.

Notes

Store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 360Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 6mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 5gSugar 28gProtein 5g

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Disclosure: This post was originally published December 11, 2015 as a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher Nuts.

When this post was updated December 8, 2020 it was edited for clarity, to add more information and tips for preparing the recipe, and to remove the sponsored messaging and links from the post’s original sponsor.

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Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

Saturday 12th of December 2015

I love the addition of dried raspberries. It makes it so pretty and festive!

Katie Goodman

Monday 14th of December 2015

Thanks, Karen :)