My boys have reached the age where they don’t need to give their teachers gifts anymore, but there is a crossing guard by my junior-high son’s bus stop, and I want him to give a little remembrance before the holiday break. This simple homemade food gift might be what's she's getting if I don't eat it all by myself tomorrow.
Chocolate bark is easy to make and versatile. I chose hazelnuts and dried cranberries because that’s what I had on hand, and cranberries say, “holiday.” You can put any combination of nuts, dried fruits and spices you want on bark. You can also use white chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Total time: 1 hour 

Yield: About 20 two-inch squares

Salted Dried Cranberry-Hazelnut Chocolate Bark


  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, semi-sweet or dark
  • 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Dash Kosher salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Melt chocolate chips until they are all smooth and spread in a thin layer on the parchment paper, about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle the chocolate evenly with hazelnuts and cranberries.
  4. Grab a good pinch of Kosher salt and sprinkle it evenly all over.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until frozen solid.
  6. Remove from freezer and peel the parchment paper away from the bark.
  7. Break into pieces while still frozen.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.