Cranberry, Pumpkin Seed and Salted Caramel Bark

Chocolate!  What’s the Christmas season without chocolate right?  Besides healthier.  I’m not too interested in healthy these days. Ask me in two weeks what my thoughts are on that!

I made dark chocolate bark for the first time in my life!  I know.  It’s not hard.  Why on earth did it take me so long to make it?  No idea.  But it did, and I’m kind of sad about that.  Because I’ve been buying it like a sucker when I could have been making it exactly the way I want all these years.  Not that I bought it a lot, but still.

Cranberry, Pumpkin Seed and Salted Caramel Bark - Bake.Eat.Repeat.This cranberry, pumpkin seed and salted caramel bark is incredible.  Sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy.  It’s got everything.  And it’s also ultra thin so a piece of this can’t really have many calories.  Right?  Don’t burst my bubble.  I’m happy here.

Actually, it’s a little strange, but for the second post in a row, my inspiration was something from Costco.  What can I say, I like Costco.

Have you ever tried the pumpkin seed bark thins they sell there?  I can’t remember what the brand is, but my goodness is that chocolate amazing.  My parents had it at their place when I was last visiting, and it was so stinking hard to not grab a piece every single time I opened to the fridge to get something.  Usually I wasn’t opening it for chocolate, but that’s what I came out with!

Cranberry, Pumpkin Seed and Salted Caramel Bark - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

 

Those bark thins were really simple too, just really thin pieces of dark chocolate with pumpkin seeds in it.  That’s it.

I almost bought some for myself when I got home after that visit, and then decided that I could totally spread out some chocolate and put pumpkin seeds in it.  How hard could that be?

Turns out, not hard at all.  You know, in case your answer to that question was that it would be incredibly hard.  It’s not.  Hard.  At all.

Cranberry, Pumpkin Seed and Salted Caramel Bark - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

In fact, it’s super easy.  Obviously.

So I added in some other stuff to make it all festive looking with the red and green.  And salted caramel because I had some and why not?  So, this isn’t really the same anymore since there’s a whole lot more going on than just pumpkin seeds in dark chocolate, but dare I say that this is even better?

More stuff = better.  That’s just math.

Cranberry, Pumpkin Seed and Salted Caramel Bark - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Cranberry, Pumpkin Seed and Salted Caramel Bark

Yield: 15-20 pieces, depending on how big you cut them

Note: I made this bark ultra thin, as that’s what I felt like, but you could easily make the chocolate layer thicker if you prefer thicker bark. Just double the amount of chocolate used. You can see in the pictures that I made some a bit thicker by adding another layer of chocolate over top of the finished bark. I preferred the thinner bark, and also thought it looked prettier with the chocolate on the bottom, so I think I would add chocolate to the bottom layer, rather than more on top if you want it to be thicker.

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Ingredients

3/4 cup (110g, 4oz) dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I used roasted and salted seeds)

Directions

  1. Cover a cookie sheet with a large piece of wax paper or parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, place 2/3 of the chopped dark chocolate and heat in 30 second increments at 50% power, stirring after each 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted. Add the other 1/3 of the chopped chocolate and stir until it melts.
  3. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet, and spread it into a large rectangle, about 9 by 13 inches. This will be a very thin layer of chocolate, if you want it thicker, either spread over a smaller area, or double the amount of chocolate used.
  4. Sprinkle the craisins and pumpkin seeds over top of the chocolate and drizzle the caramel sauce over top of everything. Place the tray in the refrigerator and let the chocolate set.
  5. At this point, if you decide you want the bark to be thicker, melt some more chocolate and spread it over top. Place back in the refrigerator for at least an hour to set completely. Cut into squares.
  6. Store in an airtight container in either the fridge or freezer. I prefer my chocolate to be super cold, so I like it straight from the freezer!

Notes

Source: Bake.Eat.Repeat. original.

http://bakeeatrepeat.ca/cranberry-pumpkin-seed-salted-caramel-bark-recipe/

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Comments

    • stacey says

      Thanks Annie! I really liked it so thin, although I could be in the minority there, I know it’s not that common! I loved the pumpkin seeds in it!

  1. says

    haha yeah, health food is not exactly at the front of my mind right now! This bark looks awesome! I love the sweet and savory combo here – my favorite! Especially the pumpkin seeds – there is just something about them that I love!

    • stacey says

      Me too! I love pumpkin seeds in things. My husband figured they ruined it, but I thought they made it! To each his own I suppose! :) Thanks Ashley!

  2. says

    What a clever idea. Perfect for the holidays but pumpkin seeds and cranberries make me this is great for the fall too. And of course, dark chocolate is in season all year long, right? :)

    Stacey, I really like your site – such a nice clean design and you take some really great pictures!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Jim! Dark chocolate is definitely in season all year long! :) Thank you so much for your kind words – totally made my day! Thanks for stopping by!

    • stacey says

      Sounds totally fair to me! You’re always starving the first few weeks after the baby is born anyways so you might as well! At least I always was! :) Thanks Ashley!

  3. says

    I never make chocolate bark, but I’ve seen so many fabulous recipes and ideas for it this year that I’m super tempted. The possibilities are endless! THIS is my favorite idea so far! I love the combo you went for! Especially the caramel – it looks so amazingly gooey!! Plus, these have sweet + salty which is a total favorite for me! Looks fantastic, Stacey!!

    • stacey says

      Thanks so much Sarah! I love the sweet and salty combo too, and dark chocolate. So good. I’ve seen a ton of awesome looking recipes for it this year too, so I finally got around to making it – so glad I did! Yum!

  4. says

    Bark is one of my favorite treats to make! It’s so easy and the flavor combinations are endless! I love this cranberry and pumpkin seed combo, Stacey! And the salted caramel gives it the perfect touch. Such a fun snack or dessert for Christmas. Pinning this one!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Gayle! I’m kind of excited to experiment with it now – so many possible combinations! Although I may have to wait a bit on that experimenting after the sugar overload here the last few weeks! :)

  5. says

    Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate if you ask me!! and I felt the same way about chocolate bark after the first time I made it . . so easy!!! love the pumpkin seeds and salted caramel sauce. . yummm!!!

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