Recipe: French Chocolate Bark

by Maggie Battista on December 15, 2007

in All Recipes, Chefs, Food Gifts, Holiday


The Barefoot Contessa showcased a lovely recipe for French Chocolate Bark earlier this month and it was so easy. I am all about easy, so I had to try it. I made a large batch earlier this week for delivery to my husband’s work. I found that it was a dessert masked as a slightly healthy treat, so all those greenies loved it. Here’s my adapted recipe.


  • 8 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used fair trade chocolate)
  • 8 ounces very good bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole roasted, almonds
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a 9 by 10-inch rectangle on the paper. Turn the paper facedown on the baking sheet.Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle, using the outline as your guide. Sprinkle the almonds, apricots and cranberries over the chocolate. Set aside for 2 hours until firm. (I placed mine in the fridge for about 20 minutes just before I cut it.) Cut the bark in 1 by 3-inch pieces and serve at room temperature.

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • claudia at ‘cook eat FRET’

    that is one killer photo. just beautiful. love the bark too…

  • chica

    Thank you for posting your results and the refrigerator tip! They look divine.

  • Baking is my Zen

    Looks fantastic. Photo is beautiful!

  • Baking is my Zen

    Fabulous photo!

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