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5 less-decadent desserts and snacks

By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 22, 2011, 1:48 p.m.
Chocolate Almond Bark

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Chocolate Almond Bark

Even without the extra sugar and maple syrup that some bark recipes call for, the salty nuts and dark chocolate in this one are likely to produce deep sighs and heavy breathing among chocoholics. Serve with caution.
Chocolate Almond Bark


  • 1 pound Trader Joe’s 70% dark chocolate, chunked
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Time estimates

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes, plus cooling time


  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Fill a large saucepan halfway with water. Float a 1 quart metal bowl inside saucepan. Place half the chocolate inside the metal bowl, bringing water to a low boil. Stir constantly until chocolate melts. Place remaining chocolate in bowl. Continue stirring until all chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour chocolate in single layer of about 10 by 12 inches. 
Sprinkle almonds and cranberries over the top. Chill and let stand until chocolate solidifies. Break into pieces.
Makes 46 bite-sized pieces