Crunchy White Chocolate-Orange Cranberry Bark

by Jennifer on November 11, 2010

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Seeing that Christmas/Holiday time is upon us, I decided to start working on homemade food gifts. I mean who would not want a gourmet food gift? I have been experimenting with biscotti, chocolates and bark. I am not a peppermint dark chocolate kind of girl but I am a white chocolate bark type of girl.

•1/2 pound good quality organic white chocolate, chopped (recommended: Green & Black)
•1/4 teaspoon pure orange extract
•1/2 cup crisped rice cereal
•1/4 cup dried cranberries
•Orange paste food coloring
First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Then prepare a double boiler. If you do not have one, create your own by placing a glass bowl over a large saucepan filled with just enough water that it will not touch the bowl. Bring the water to a low simmer and add the chocolate and orange extract to the bowl. Stir until melted and smooth.
Once melted, remove the bowl from the double boiler (remove 2 tablespoons of chocolate for coloring and set aside) and mix in the cranberries and crisped rice. If you are drizzling orange chocolate on top, mix it with the orange coloring now and mix well. 
Pour the cranberry/crisped rice mixture onto the parchment paper with an offset spatula, and spread it to an even thickness (about 1/4-inch thick). With a small fork, drizzle the orange colored chocolate over the surface of the bark, making a stripped effect.
Refrigerate the chocolate for a minimum of 1 hour before breaking it into large pieces. Now you can eat it, place and tie it up in cellophane bags or place into a bell jar and wrap with a ribbon and tag to present as a gift.
Servings: Varies based on size of pieces and how it is packaged but simply double the recipe and have bark galore!

What do you think are the best food gifts?

Scatteredmom November 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

This recipe looks really yummy. I don’t like white chocolate, but Green and Blacks is amazing. Might have to try it!

Lauren November 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm

This holiday-inspired chocolate barks sounds fantastic! I love your non-traditional additions of crispy rice cereal and orange extract. I am also a white chocolate kind of girl, so this is definitely going on my “to make” list. I can’t make any promises that there will be enough to dole out as gifts though – I might eat it all myself ;).

Jill November 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Looks AMAZING!!!!

marla {family fresh cooking} November 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Jennifer thanks for sharing this gorgeous white chocolate bark with us. Yes, it is the perfect homemade holiday gift!

Shaina November 13, 2010 at 2:24 am

Drool. This looks perfect. I love it!

Jen November 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

I am heading to the store now! This looks amazing and different. Perfection.

erin November 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

i think these will be my holiday treat gift of choice this year. i think i will be adding some chopped pistachios too. pretty colors and nice complementary flavors. p.s i love the addition of the cereal, gives it a special touch i think.

thanks for the recipe!

Cajun Chef Ryan December 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

Oh yeah, this looks like a perfect holiday gift idea. Wow!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I love this one! Great combination

Amanda March 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

That is so beautiful! So colorful, and the flavors… bet it’s amazing!

Jaime {sophistimom} April 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I’d be proud of this, too. They look delicious!

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