White chocolate bark is the unexpected dessert you’ll love making and eating! And these bright, delicious dried fruits (always in season!!) are brightening up my days!
Every spring growing up, my mom bought white chocolate, brown butter truffles with spring-colored sprinkles on top. I’ve always been a sucker for sprinkles and they were amazing! I craved them all year round but had to wait for those spring months to arrive.
I rarely choose white chocolate now, but I have such happy memories of these tasty treats growing up. White chocolate tends to be rich and sweet, so unless it’s paired perfectly with other flavors, I find it overwhelming. This white chocolate bark is my answer to all these problems.
The colors of the dried fruit are great for springtime, but the salted pistachios and the tart cranberries are the perfect contrast to the otherwise sweet and rich recipe. I found myself reaching for small bite after small bite of this white chocolate bark, each time thinking back to those white chocolate truffles!
White Chocolate Bark
This white chocolate bark recipe is such a quick and delicious dessert recipe. It comes together in minutes. You just have to wait for it to set before you break it into bark!
Additionally, you can swap out the dried fruit and nuts for whatever fits the occasion or you have on hand. Truth be told, it’s a great way to use up those last little bits in your cupboard!
I will warn you, however, that this white chocolate bark is addictive. Even ignoring the sentimentality of it for me, the little pieces just never seem to quite satisfy my cravings!
How to Melt Chocolate
I used to melt chocolate in the microwave and the results weren’t dependable. Often it would get chunky. So the chunkiness is actually burning the chocolate – and nobody wants burnt chocolate. And is it me or is burnt white chocolate worse?
Anyway, if you’re melting chocolate in the microwave, you want to do small increments of time and less power. Between each time (even if it feels no different), mix the chocolate chips/wafers around. You know the microwave can scorch one area and neglect others, so this will make it all even.
Stirring frequently also helps to let the warmer, melting chocolate help melt the other chunks, rather than overheating it.
How do you store chocolate bark?
Storing chocolate bark is actually quite easy and effective. After the bark has completely cooled and you’ve broken it up into pieces, place the dessert in a sealed container. Whether you’re doing individual treats for others, or storing it in one big container, just remove as much air as possible.
You can also very easily freeze the bark to keep it for longer (especially in those hot summer months). The internet (oh, the internet!) says chocolate can be stored for 3 months to 2 years. I think you’ll love this white chocolate bark so much, that 2 year mark won’t even be part of our conversation.
Because of the toppings, however, I think this will freeze well for about 3 months. To defrost, just remove from the freezer and let come to room temperature on its own – it’s won’t take long if it’s broken up into smaller pieces.
Easy Dessert Recipes
One step up and you’ll fall in love with these mini s’mores tarts made in the oven!
Dried Fruit Recipes
WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK
- 4-4.4 oz white chocolate melting wafers or chips
- ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
- ¼ cup chopped dried pineapple
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries barberries, or goji berries
- ⅓ cup salted roasted pistachios, chopped
- Cut chocolate into small pieces (along indents and then cut each piece in half again). Place in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on power level 5 (50%) for 30 seconds.
- Stir chocolate. Repeat until almost all chocolate is melty (3-4 times). Stir in any remaining hunks – they will melt in warmed chocolate.
- Let sit three minutes.
- Meanwhile, line sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Pour melted chocolate onto parchment paper. Using a rubber spatula, spread chocolate until about ¼″ thick. Top with dried fruits and pistachios.
- Let sit 1-2 hours before cutting into small pieces. Store in cool, dry place in sealed container.