This Chocolate Treat Takes The Cake (Er, Bark)!



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Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Just in time for the holidays, we've got the inside track on an easy (and relatively healthy) treat that also happens to be perfect for gifting. What is this magical culinary creation, you ask? It's orange-zested dark chocolate pomegranate bark with pistachios, and it's the brainchild of two local ladies with a foodie bent.

Pastry chef and writer Rebekah Pizana and dietitian Carlene Thomas teamed up to craft this simple (and delicious) upgrade on the classic chocolate bark, and shared the recipe with us. (So, obviously, we're paying it forward and sharing with you.) The yummy chunks are perfect as a holiday gift, a light(er) dessert, or just as a treat to get you through those dark winter afternoons. And, since you're getting a good dose of pomegranate and pistachios, you don’t have to feel guilty afterwards. Keep reading for the recipe!
choc2slidePhoto: Courtesy of Yvonne Rock


Orange Zested Chocolate Pomegranate Bark with Pistachios
Ingredients:
10 oz good quality dark chocolate, 60% or higher, broken into pieces
1/3 cup pomegranate arils (the red jewel-like seed)
1/3 cup salted or unsalted pistachios, chopped
Zest of 1 orange

Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan with a light spritz of baking spray, or line with parchment paper. Add the chocolate chunks to a saucepan and melt slowly over low heat. When about a third of the chocolate looks soft, remove from heat and stir until all the chocolate is melted. (If your stove temperature is hard to control, create a double boiler by putting chocolate pieces in a stainless steel bowl over a pot of boiling water. Stir until chocolate is melted, then remove from heat.)

Quickly spread the melted chocolate on the baking pan until it is less than 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils, pistachio pieces, and orange zest. Let cool. Refrigerate for an hour or two before breaking up into serving-size pieces. To give as a gift, store in the refrigerator until ready to deliver to your loved ones.