How to make chocolate bark

We visit the Test Kitchen to get the skinny on making this sweet and simple treat

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How to make chocolate bark
We visit the Test Kitchen to get the skinny on making this sweet and simple treat

Impressive-looking but easy to make, chocolate bark makes a delectable dessert. With a few simple ingredients – that you may already have in your pantry, whip up this no-bake sweet in minutes. Follow our step-by-step photos for a no-stress sweet treat.

Gingered Orange Chocolate Bark

A spicy, citrus-infused bark that’s incredibly delicious and a little out of the ordinary.

Prep 10 min
Microwave 6 min
Refrigerate 45 min
Makes 16 pieces


1 orange
1-in. (2.5-cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled
6 squares white chocolate, about 6 oz (168 g) chopped
6 squares semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, about 6 oz (168 g) chopped
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped candied ginger

Step-by-step photos and instructions:

1. Finely grate 2 tsp (10 mL) peel from orange.

2. Finely grate ginger, it should measure about 1 tsp (5 mL). Set both grated orange and ginger aside.

3. Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Place white and semi-sweet chocolate in separate bowls or large measuring cups.

4. Microwave white chocolate, on medium, stirring halfway through, until almost melted, 3 to 4 min.

5. Then stir until completely melted. Add orange peel and stir until evenly mixed. Repeat melting with semi-sweet chocolate and stir in fresh ginger until completely melted.

6. Pour semi-sweet chocolate onto waxed paper forming 3 thick strips about 10-in. (25 cm) long, leaving a 1-in. (2.5-cm) space between each.

7. Pour white chocolate into spaces.

8. Spread strips out so they touch; it’s okay if they run into each other.

9. Draw a knife tip back and forth across strips to create a marbled effect. (Large swirls look better than small ones.)

10. Sprinkle with candied ginger.

11. Refrigerate until hardened, 45 to 60 min. Break into pieces. Bark will keep well, stored in an airtight container or in a sealed plastic bag, in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Nutrients per piece 1 g protein, 6 g fat, 15 g carbs, 11 mg sodium, 1 g fibre, 29 mg calcium, 118 calories

If you’re planning to give chocolate bark as a hostess gift, here are few decorative options for packaging them up and making your Pollock-esque creation pretty. If you’re traveling with it, you don’t need to be too worried if you break an extra piece. Just remember to keep them in a relatively cool place so that the chocolate doesn’t melt.

1. Chinese Take-Out Box

You can find these instant gift boxes in Chinatown in a myriad of sizes and colours.

2. Cellophane

Using cellophane bags is a simple way to show off your creation – just pop the bark in and close the bag with a ribbon bow.