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Dark Chocolate Bark with Candied Orange Peel

This Dark Chocolate Bark with pistachios, candied orange peel and flaky sea salt makes an excellent edible gift or a great tasting dessert!
Prep Time5 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time5 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Continental
Keyword: chocolate, holiday gifts
Servings: 30 pieces


  • 2 navel oranges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces Callebaut semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Wonderful shelled pistachios
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ tablespoon coarse or flaked sea salt optional


For the candied orange peel:

  • Rinse the oranges well and cut the top and bottom off of each orange. Score the skin of each orange into quarters; peel the oranges, keeping the pith with the peel. Cut the peel into thin strips, about ¼ inch wide. Place peels in a sauté pan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Drain and repeat two more times.
  • While the peels are boiling, whisk together sugar and ½ cup water. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook 5-6 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Add peels and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until peels are very soft and translucent, about 45 minutes. Don't stir the peels while cooking as it can cause the sugar to crystalize; swirl the pan if necessary.
  • Remove the peels from the syrup and place on a drying rack. Dry for 4-5 hours. If desired, reserve any remaining syrup.
  • When dried, chop orange peel into small pieces; you'll need about ¼ cup for the recipe. Reserve remaining candied peels for another use; store in airtight container.

For the bark:

  • Place 8 ounces of the chips and butter in a medium heat-safe bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Keep the water at a gentle simmer, don't boil.
  • Stir the chips until melted and smooth. Add the remaining chocolate about 2 ounces at a time, stirring until smooth after each addition.
  • Remove the bowl from the pan and wipe the sides of any excess moisture. Pour chocolate onto a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper; use a curved spatula to smooth the mixture to about ¼ inch thick. Add pistachios and dried cranberries; lightly press into chocolate. Add candied orange peel. If desired, sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to set; continue cooling at room temperature until the bark is fully set. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.


The number of pieces you end up with will vary depending on how large or small you break the pieces of chocolate. I break it randomly, so the pieces vary in size. That method should easily yield you 28 to 36 pieces.


Serving: 1oz