Easy Orange Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark

The Black Cat Kitchen
by The Black Cat Kitchen
15 servings
2 hr 10 min

This is such an easy dessert and fairly healthy, too, as far as desserts go. Sometimes, holiday baking just becomes too much and I need a little break from all of the measuring and accuracy that comes with baking. It can be nice to just put together a bark that my little nephews can help with and I don't have to think too much about.

Orange and chocolate is one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations--especially around the holidays. Something about it feels so classic and festive. I love the crunch of the pistachios and the green color they add to the top.

No, I did *not* temper the chocolate. Feel free to do that! I was looking to make a simple dessert, here. There is not as much snap to the chocolate because I didn't temper it, but it still breaks off nicely.

This is a great dessert to make with little kids for the holidays!

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Easy Orange Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark
Recipe details
  • 15  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 120 Minutes Total time: 2 hr 10 min
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Pistachio Orange Bark
  • 14 oz high quality dark chocolate
  • 1/4 C pistachios, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 orange (zest only)
Pistachio Orange Bark
Line a small rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
Chop pistachios and set aside
Zest orange and set aside
Place chocolate (broken apart if a bar) in a microwave safe bowl
Heat for 30 seconds, stir
Then heat in 10 second increments from there until smooth and melted
Pour melted chocolate onto your parchment sheet and spread with a rubber spatula to about 1/4 inch thickness
It likely will not reach all the way to the sides of the tray
Working quickly, sprinkle with pistachios and orange zest
Press nuts down a bit into the chocolate
Have it rest at least 2 hours at room temperature. It could take up to 4 hours to fully harden.
Once hardened, break apart roughly in a rustic way using a large chef's nice.
Store in air tight container at room temp for about a week.
  • Add whatever nuts and toppings that are interesting to you. I think dried cranberries would be great! A white chocolate bark topped with orange zest and dried cranberries would be pretty epic as well :)
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