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Nut Fruit Bark

 Nut Fruit Bark
Here's a sophisticated version of fruit bark. Dark chocolate turns into a rich mocha flavor with the espresso powder. If you're a fan of sweet-salty tidbits make sure to use the sea salt.—Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or blueberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped and divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, optional

Directions

  • Line the bottom and sides of a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan
  • with parchment paper; grease the paper and set aside.
  • In a double boiler or metal bowl over hot water, melt chocolate; stir
  • until smooth. Stir in espresso powder and half of the cherries and
  • nuts. Spread into prepared pan; top with remaining cherries and nuts
  • (pan will not be full). Sprinkle with salt if desired. Refrigerate
  • for 15 minutes or until firm.
  • Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1-1/2
  • pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 ounce (calculated without salt) equals 147 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.