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Family Favorite Dark Chocolate Bark


This family favorite dark chocolate bark gives everyone a stake at the toppings. Best of all, this no-bake recipe is super easy!

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Dark Chocolate Bark -the Family Way

“I don’t want nuts on mine.”

“Can I put cranberries on mine?”

Making chocolate bark is so easy. Making one that the whole family agrees on can be more challenging. So why not let everyone “decorate” a portion. This also works well when you are serving the bark as dessert and don’t know what your guests prefer. Or, if you are like me, and can’t decide!

We divided our bark into thirds. One featured dried cranberries, another chopped almonds, and the other freeze-dried raspberries and almonds. One topping we all agreed on? Salt. So a bit of course salt was sprinkled all over. 

No Baking Required

If you’ve never made dark chocolate bark, you will like how easy it is, and there is no actual baking required. Simply choose some high-quality dark chocolate–either chips or a bar. We like to use one that’s between 60-70% cocoa–you still get a lot of the nutritional benefits of dark chocolate, but it’s not too dark. 

All you have to do is melt the chocolate. Either in the microwave or using a double boiler on the stove. I also add a little coconut oil to soften it up just a bit. Next, simply spread it out on a sheet pan or tray lined with parchment paper. Add your toppings and then let it cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Finally, you are ready to break it apart and enjoy. So easy.

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Family Favorite Dark Chocolate Bark

Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDN
This family favorite dark chocolate bark gives everyone a stake at the toppings. Simply melt some high-quality dark chocolate and then decorate with your favorite toppings! You can make it all the same or divvy it up into several different topping areas.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Fika
Servings 30 pieces


  • 11.5 ounces dark chocolate chips we like extra dark, 63% cacao
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons toppings (see suggestions below)


  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Add coconut oil and mix until blended. (Alternatively melt chocolate in the microwave, stopping to stir every 15 seconds.)
  • Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a spatula to get it quite thin.
  • Top with salt (if using) and other suggested toppings. Spread toppings all over or divvy them up into sections for several different bark flavors.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and then break it apart and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Topping Suggestions:
  • Coarse salt (e.g., Kosher or Sea salt)
  • Dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • Freeze-dried raspberries or strawberries
  • Fresh pomegranate arils
  • Chopped candy canes (look for all-natural, food-coloring free candy canes)  
Keyword chocolate, sweets

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