Cherry Hazelnut Bark and Peppermint Bark




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Cherry Hazelnut Bark and Peppermint Bark ~ two fabulous and easy homemade chocolate bark recipes for the holidays and beyond.

The Cherry Hazelnut Bark uses dark chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, and plump dried cherries.  It will have a nice crunch from the nuts and a sweet chewiness from the cherries.  What can I say about dark chocolate that you don’t already know?  It’s the best.

Next is the classic Peppermint Bark, it wouldn’t be the holidays without it.  Something magic  happens when you mix the white chocolate with the candy cane bits…the result is far far better than the sum of its parts.

Cherry Hazelnut Bark and Peppermint Bark
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Cherry Hazelnut Bark and Peppermint Bark

Ingredients

    Cherry Hazelnut Bark
  • 1 cup whole, raw hazelnuts
  • 2 10 oz bags of bittersweet, dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cherries
    Peppermint Bark
  • 1 10 oz bag of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 10 oz bag of white chocolate chips
  • 6 regular sized candy canes, crushed

Instructions

  1. Cherry Hazelnut Bark: Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Put raw whole hazelnuts on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Give the pan a shake from time to time.  Cool the nuts and then chop them.
  3. Put both bags of chocolate in a glass bowl (a quart sized glass measuring cup works great) and microwave for 60 seconds.  Continue microwaving and checking every 30 seconds until the chips are melted, stirring each time.  The two bags will take longer and more stirring than just one.
  4. Quickly mix in the nuts and cherries and spread out on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Don't worry about making it an even rectangle because you're going to be breaking it up into irregular shapes anyway, just try to get the bark to a relatively even thickness.
  5. Refrigerate until completely set, at least an hour or more.
  6. Break the bark into whatever sized pieces you want.
  7. For the Peppermint Bark: Melt the dark chocolate as above, and spread out on a lined baking sheet.  Put in the fridge to cool completely, about an hour.
  8. Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peppermint bits.
  9. Spread out on top of the hardened dark chocolate.
  10. Put back in the fridge for at least an hour.
  11. Break into pieces.  Sometimes the white layer breaks off from the dark layer in spots, don't worry about it.  This stuff is so good it doesn't matter how it gets in your mouth, just that it gets there.

I have lots of chocolate bark recipes on the blog, so check them out if you want to branch out~

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    karen marie
    January 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I love the hazelnut/cherries. Making it now for the third time, with half the chocolate but one cup each of nuts and cherries. Also, I make individual sweets with the smallest scoop because it is too hard to break it small enough for me without getting my meathooks all over every surface. Fantastic! Better than Sport bars!

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      Sue
      January 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Karen — I love that you upped the fruit and nuts and made it healthier, I’m going to have to try that.

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking
    December 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Oooh, I LOVE both of these!! The cherries with the chocolate and the peppermint. YUM!!
    Nice try hiding it – I’d have done the same thing. ;-)

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    grace
    December 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

    peppermint bark is nothing unique or extraordinary, but it’s my favorite of all. lovely work here, sue!

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    Lizzy
    December 7, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Your last lines cracked me up! You’ve made some incredible barks…and adding dried cherries to chocolate bark is a fabulous idea. I’d be hiding that, too :)

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    December 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

    It just wouldn’t be Christmas without bark. Your batches looked delicious.

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    Bravoe Runway
    December 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love peppermint bark and the cherry hazelnut bark sounds amazing too! I was going to make peppermint this holiday season so I am glad to come across your recipe! Definitely be careful…I chipped my molar on a wheat thin chip a few months ago…$700 outta pocket to fix that!

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    yummychunklet
    December 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Ooh, that peppermint really pushes the bark over the top with the minty flavor. Yum!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    December 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! I love the hazelnut and cherry, I bet it’s delicious, the peppermint is perfect, thank you my holiday gift hampers will be complete with a selection of your barks! Jude x

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    Bourbon&Pearls
    December 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Oh this would be lethal to have around, anything with nuts is devoured in seconds by yours truly.
    Sue no biscuit cutter, no cocktail shaker – now do you see my plight?

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    Mary
    December 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I am loving both of your bark recipes. Each is delicious in a different way. I love cherries and dark chocolate so I think that’s where I’ll start. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Mary
    December 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Out of site, most definitely does not mean out of mind for this girl. I love the dark chocolate layer on the peppermint bark. I’m quite glad it was all at your house and not at mine. Not that I’d turn down a delivery to my own house. ;)