Pistachio Cranberry Bark Recipe
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Pistachio Cranberry Bark Recipe

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This bark makes a lovely holiday gift from the kitchen. Fill a plate or cup with candy, then gather up clear cellophane around it and tie with red and green ribbons. —Susan Wacek, Pleasanton, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 5 ounces white candy coating, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios, toasted, divided
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, divided

Nutritional Facts

2 ounce-weight: 420 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt semisweet chips; stir until smooth. Repeat with white candy coating.
  2. Stir 3/4 cup pistachios and half of the cranberries into semisweet chocolate. Thinly spread onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with candy coating.
  3. Cut through with a knife to swirl. Sprinkle with remaining pistachios and cranberries. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 1 pound.
Originally published as Pistachio Cranberry Bark in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p68

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ferryal User ID: 3337544 214299
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"I wished I would have been able to give it 20 stars! An absolute must for your Holiday tray. Very easy, elegant and yummy! Followed the recipe exactly, although forgot to mix the pistachio's & dried cranberries into melted chocolate. However, remembered while I was spreading the melted chocolate on to the wax paper lined cookie sheet, so I just sprinkled on and with a back of a spatula pressed them into the melted chocolate. And followed the recipe as stated.

Susan, thank you for sharing your love of baking with us all!"

aunt billy User ID: 164989 207495
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"This was excellent! Made this for gifts and it got rave reviews. I used Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chips because I like a darker chocolate!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 68221
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"I made this candy bark for the first time on 12/25/2013. I didn't have pistachios or dried cranberries so I'd used 1 cup candied cherries, finely cut & DIVIDED & used 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, DIVIDED! I'd also used 14 oz. package of dark Make & Mold chocolate candy wafers and 14-oz. pkg, of Make & Mold vanilla candy wafers, melted separately in double boiler over boiling water & I added 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening to each of the candy mixtures before melting & adding the cherries and peanuts! I'd tinted the vanilla part green with several drops of green food coloring & added 1/2 tsp. mint extract after melting the vanilla wafers. I'd divided 1/2 cup each roasted peanuts for each layer & added 1/2 cup finely chopped candied cherries to chocolate layer. I'd sprinkled the tinted vanilla layer after swirling with a knife. I admit that I JUST MIGHT have to work with the vanilla layer-I had sampled the candy bark after letting it chill and I'd found it very good! I'd taken some to one of my nephews & his family 12/26/13 and Judah/his wife found it very good, too! This recipe is definitely on my make list for special occasions/holidays! Thank you, Susan Wacek, for sharing this recipe!! DELowenstein"

aldar User ID: 6518085 61635
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"I made these for my Christmas home baked goodies that I share with family and friends. It is delicious and easy. I'll be making this every year."

Lisa Lotzer User ID: 3608264 134977
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"This is wonderful! I don't toast the Pistachios and I've used chocolate candy coating (the real milk chocolate or dark chocolate). Also, I've used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips...indulgent!)"

JZAnderson User ID: 1266313 66238
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"So easy and so tasty - the pistachios, cranberries, and chocolate together are great! This recipe is a must make every year!"

smwilliams User ID: 2566445 68216
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"great and easy to make"

Konowalski51 User ID: 3325920 207494
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"I made a candy tray as a dessert for a dinner party last night. This bark was the hit of the evening. Several guests asked for the recipe. Will make this again over the holidays. Just wish that pistachios weren't so darn expensive."

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 156158
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I just made this recipe for the first time and it turned out beautiful and delicious. I used dark chocolate candy coating (almond bark) instead of the semisweet chocolate chips, and that worked out just fine."

Cessigirl User ID: 5656013 155865
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"WOW! Fast, easy, decadent and elegant. I made this for teacher gifts, and now have to make a batch for my husband and family. Fantastic. I used white chocolate wafers instead of the candy coating and it was great."

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