Delicious Gourmet-Style Chocolate Bark

Reader Contribution by Sue Van Slooten
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This tasty version of chocolate bark is elevated to gourmet status by the addition of cocoa nibs, those tasty little crunchy bits of chocolate-y flavor. This yummy treat was inspired by a Facebook post by Castronovo Chocolate, a premier American chocolatier from Florida. (See website link below.)

Fortunately for those of us living on planet Earth, they ship, as I recently have discovered. Winter is a good time to order. I’m quite sure their version is superior so, for my recipe, while you are awaiting delivery, purchase the best chocolate you can find.


• 1 lb. dark chocolate, chopped, best that you can find
• 1 cup dried tart cherries, cut in half
• 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
• 2 tbsp or to taste, cocoa nibs to sprinkle on top
• More coconut to sprinkle on top


1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

2. Melt the chopped chocolate over gentle heat until completely melted, stirring frequently.

3. Stir in the cherries and 1/2 cup coconut. Mix well. Turn out onto the cookie sheet and spread until about ¼-inch thick.

4. Sprinkle the top with more coconut and cocoa nibs, pressing lightly into the chocolate.

5. Let cool completely (or chill), break up into pieces. Feel free to hoard it all to yourself. Sharing recommended but not necessary. Yield about 2 pounds of candy.

Important Notes: Castronovo Chocolate Beautiful website. Last accessed February 17, 2016.

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