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Black Forest Bark

For this and many other festive holiday recipes check out the Best Recipes Ever and Canadian Living

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Packaged in a festive tin or cellophane bag, this is a wonderfully sweet gift. 

Servings: 11 

Ingredients 
1 lb (500 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups (500 mL) dried cherries or cranberries

Preparation Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; draw 12- x 8-inch (30 x 20 cm) rectangle on paper. Turn paper over.

In bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in dried cherries. Spread evenly onto rectangle on paper.

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Break into pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.)


Variations
Marbled Almond Bark: Omit bittersweet chocolate. Melt 1 lb (454 g) white chocolate and 8 oz (250 g) semisweet chocolate as above. Omit dried cherries; add 2 cups (500 mL) toasted whole unblanched almonds to white chocolate. Spread mixture as above. Spoon over semisweet chocolate and swirl with tip of knife.


Tropical Fruit Bark: Omit bittersweet chocolate. Melt 1 lb (454 g) white chocolate, as above. Omit dried cherries; add 1/2 cup (125 mL) macadamia nuts, chopped, 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced dried mango, 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced dried papaya,1/2 cup (125 mL) diced candied pineapple.