A flavour combination of dried cherries, pretzels, Strawberry Oreos, and 3 types of chocolate, makes this an easy-to-love recipe. Cooking does not need to be difficult to make something that looks impressive. I made this for my colleagues and received numerous comments that were “oh my god, did you make this?” and the response is – “yes, I chopped things, melted chocolate, and chilled it… thank you for asking.”
The logic behind the flavour pairings was fairly linear. I ate an American Cookies n’ Cream bar and remembered how good white chocolate and Oreos are.
I never want something that is as basic as that, and remembered that Bark is essentially a way to make a chocolate bar. If I used Strawberry Oreos, the flavour will complement other flavours more easily than the mint option. The strawberry is a bit too sweet, so to combat that, I would need something salty. Pretzels! I now had 2 crunchy textures and needed to find something a bit chewier to round it out. I didn’t want something too sweet again, as it would fight too hard with the strawberry, so I opted for something tart. I had remembered seeing the dried cherries in the shop, and thus, decided on that. I decided to marble two different types of chocolate because people do always like white chocolate, and it would just look prettier.
Why you should make it
This recipe for sweet and salty Cherry and mixed chocolate bark is a blend of flavours. These are definitely more-ish, and if you or the people you are making this for are on a diet – maybe a word of warning is in store. They have a great crunch, and a mix of textures.
The bark looks very pretty when it is done. There are a lot of colours going on and shapes. I chopped them into squares, but triangles would also look great. The appearance of them are what makes people think that they are much more complicated than they actually are.
This recipe is so easy that you can make it with kids, or as a dessert for a dinner party and you aren’t the best chef or you don’t have time. The majority of the time for this is taken up with the bark in the fridge chilling.
You will need to ensure that you have a 35 x 25 x 2cm (13.5 x 10 0.34′) oven tray
This will last in an airtight container for about 7 days in the fridge. None of the ingredients will go bad, but the chocolate may not look as good afterwards.
Calories per serving: 306
Sweet and salty cherry and mixed chocolate bark
Ever wanted to make your own chocolate bar? This is the base of a wacky chocolate bar. Flavoured with strawberry Oreos, pretzels, and dried cherries, this gives a great mix of tart, sweet, and crunch with your chocolate.
- 500g white chocolate
- 100g milk chocolate
- 100g dark chocolate
- 100g giant pretzels
- 100g dried cherries
- 8 strawberry flavoured oreos
- Step 1 Prepare the pan: You need to have a 35 x 25 x 2cm (13.5 x 10 0.34′) oven tray. Put a dab of butter onto the bottom of the pan so that the parchment paper will stick and not make weird shapes. Take parchment paper and line the bottom and sides. Trick – make about 1” 45 degree cuts at each corner – simply, make diagonal cuts at each corner so that the sides can fold in easily.
- Step 2 Chop your ingredients: Very straightforward – you need to chop things small enough that people can bite it easily. I chopped the oreos no more than quarters. The others, do what you feel is best. You should place all of your chopped ingredients in a bowl and toss together to help even the distribution when you add them to the top of the chocolate.
- Step 3 Get your chocolate ready: Melt your chocolate. You need to be able to pour both mixtures in at the same time (roughly) so melting both types of chocolate at the same time are key.
- Step 4 The white chocolate is a larger amount, so I melted it on the stove-top. While that was doing its thing, I added the milk and dark chocolate into a bowl to melt in the microwave. I put it on for 40 second bursts, stirring between each set. You do not want to overcook the chocolate.
- Step 5 Assemble: On the short edge, pour a ⅓ of your white chocolate leave equal space, and a strip into the middle, and a strip at the other end. Using a spoon, push the chocolate into the edges of the pan. In your spare 2 empty spaces of your pan, pour the milk and dark chocolate mixture. Spread the chocolate to the edges. Your pan should be FULLY covering the bottom, and the chocolate should be even.
- Step 6 Take a butter knife and marble the chocolate.
- Step 7 Once your chocolate is to your liking, add your topping on. Try to make it as even as possible, you don’t want fights between people at the end.