While certainly edible year-round, candy barks are a must-have during the holidays, and require less time and precision than just about any other treat. Macadamia White Chocolate Bark is a lovely, creamy confection featuring crunchy nuts and dried cranberries. Simply melt, mix, and set before “dressing up” as a gorgeous gift. The most effort you’ll put into this recipe is not eating it before it's wrapped.
1poundhigh quality white chocolate4-5 bars, chopped into 1” pieces
⅓c+ 1 tbsp dried cranberries
⅓c+ 1 tbsp chopped roasted macadamia nuts
1tspmaldon sea saltoptional
Line a baking sheet or a 9x13” casserole dish with a sheet of parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate using the double-boiler method. Position a metal bowl atop a pot filled with 1” simmering water - make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t in contact with the water, but instead heating by the steam coming off the water. Add the chocolate to the bowl. Heat in the double boiler, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula, until just barely melted.
Reserve 1 tbsp each cranberries and macadamia nuts. Add the remaining dried fruit and nuts to the melted chocolate and stir until evenly distributed.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared baking dish, then smooth into an even layer that’s roughly ¼” thick. Sprinkle the reserved nuts and dried fruit over the bark, then sprinkle the salt evenly over the top.
Allow the chocolate to cool and harden at room temperature, then break into chunks and store in an airtight container. Bark will keep at room temperature for up to a week, or in the fridge for up to 1 month.
To melt chocolate in the microwave: break the chocolate into small 1" pieces and place into a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 50% power in 20-second intervals and stir very thoroughly after each addition. Microwave until some chocolate chunks are still visible, then stir thoroughly until the residual heat melts the remaining chocolate. Note: white chocolate has a tendency to seize in the microwave to be very conservative with both power and length of time!