Swirled White and Dark Chocolate Bark

It’s time to make your very own candy bar. Make this swirled white and dark chocolate bark with pistachios, dried cranberries and orange. Jump to the Swirled White and Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Swirled White and Dark Chocolate Bark

If you have seen our Dark Chocolate Bark with Coconut and Pretzels then you know our love of all things chocolate bark. It’s quick to make and can be customized however you like. This time, not wanting to only use one variety of chocolate, we swirl dark chocolate with white then top them with dried cranberries, pistachios and fresh orange zest. It might just be the prettiest bark we’ve made.

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When it comes to melting chocolate, we usually use our microwave. That said, it is just as easy to do it on the stove. If you are melting the chocolate on the stove, use a double boiler — basically, you want to place a heat-safe bowl over gently simmering water. Add the chocolate and stir it while it slowly melts.

For the microwave, simply microwave most of the chocolate for 20 seconds, stir then add back to the microwave. Repeat this until the chocolate has melted completely. To help keep the chocolate shiny, stir in the reserved chocolate until it melts.

Swirled White and Dark Chocolate Bark

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Recipe updated, originally posted December 2009. Since posting this in 2009, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Swirled White and Dark Chocolate Bark

  • PREP

The combination of white and dark chocolate make this bark addictive. We loved the recipe as is, but an extra sprinkle of coarse sea salt on the top of the bark before cooling isn’t a bad idea.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

You Will Need

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

6 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/4 cup shelled pistachio halves, lightly toasted

1/4 cup dried cranberries


    1Line a baking sheet with parchment, leaving an overhang on long sides.

    2Melt semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave or use a double boiler. To melt chocolate in the microwave, add all but 2 tablespoons of the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and cook 20 seconds, stir then cook another 20 seconds. Repeat until chocolate is melted completely. Stir in reserved chocolate until melted. To melt chocolate using a double boiler, set a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add chocolate and stir until melted.

    3Melt the white chocolate in the same manner you melted the semi-sweet chocolate.

    4Stir the orange zest into the melted semi-sweet chocolate then spread the semi-sweet chocolate onto baking sheet, forming a rough rectangle. Drop spoonfuls of the white chocolate randomly over the semi-sweet chocolate. Use a wooden skewer or the tip of a knife to swirl the two together until you are happy with the design.

    5Scatter pistachios and dried cranberries over the swirled chocolate. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Peel off parchment, and break bark or cut into pieces.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Make-ahead: Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.
  • Toast nuts: Toast pistachios in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking frequently, until fragrant, browned, and not burned.

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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9 comments… Leave a Review
  • Janis December 16, 2014, 7:31 pm

    I have made the recipe several times since finding. My favorite combination is a little orange extract instead of orange zest. Then pistachios, dried cranberries, and dried apricots. Thank you for sharing this.

  • christine September 8, 2010, 9:18 am

    Hello! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a lovely blog and awesome Swirled Chocolate Bark recipe. One of the things I love the most about visiting great blogs like yours is I get to not only see food I’ve never seen prepared before, but you get to read about how they taste. Love it….. & now I’m hungry …. again 🙂 By the way you can place more Foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other Foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just search for a related recipe or food in Foodista and use its widget. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!

  • Melissa Peterman April 5, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Absolutely stunning. I can only imagine it tastes just as good as it looks!
    I’m a huge fan of orange zest. Gorgeous!

  • deana@lostpastremembered December 11, 2009, 5:13 am

    Your bark looks like art! Great photo!

  • Tracy December 9, 2009, 6:06 pm

    Almost too pretty to eat … almost. Gorgeous photos, as usual!

  • Beatrice December 8, 2009, 10:47 pm

    This is so lovely — and I bet it’s delicious. Very nice website.

  • Esme December 7, 2009, 10:17 pm

    This is the prettiest chocolate bark I have ever seen.

  • Bellini Valli December 7, 2009, 8:35 pm

    I usually make this with only white chocolate, pistachios and cranberries but am inspired to make a change.

  • Pam December 7, 2009, 11:45 am

    OMG…that bark is beautiful!

    Congrats on the Joust winnings!



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