A homemade chocolate gift is a simple, tasty approach to giving that takes love and effort from the giver, making the taste all the more appreciable. Chocolate bark is a relatively simple treat to make, but it also allows you to get nice and creative with plenty of different additions that can customize the taste to make it even more personal.
Here, we’re going to look at a recipe for cranberry & pistachio chocolate bark. The two additional ingredients complement each other nicely, adding plenty of dimension to the sweetness of the dark chocolate. So, here’s what you need to do.


8 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped into pieces
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1/3 cup of shelled pistachios, chopped up

What you need

A 13 x 9 inch (or similar) baking dish
Parchment paper
A microwave-safe bowl
A sharp knife

The step-by-step

  • First, you have to microwave the chocolate. Put the chopped pieces of dark chocolate in the microwave-safe bowl. You want the microwave at about 25% power for 15 seconds. Once the chocolate’s nice and melted down, you stir it. Do this five times or until almost all of the chocolate has melted. Let it cool for about a minute, stirring occasionally to make sure you get a nice, smooth consistency.
  • Lined your baking dish with parchment paper then start pouring the chocolate in. At this point, there should be no sizeable solid chunks in the chocolate. If there is, you may want to microwave it once more. Spread the chocolate out so you have a flat, even surface.
  • Now it’s time to top it off. As the recipe suggests, pistachios and dried cranberries work a treat, but you can customize it even further if you like or use different toppings altogether! Some people like to add coconut flakes (especially good for a festive looking frosting) or a few pinches of coarse sea salt to make it even more flavorful.
  • To help it set, you can either cool it in the fridge for about 20 minutes or you can freeze it for five to ten minutes if you’re in a hurry to serve it or wrap it up. A sharp knife can quickly break it up. You want about fifteen pieces, but don’t worry if they’re not all the same shape of completely even in size.

There you have it, a simple, tasty treat that can be customized a thousand different ways to create the taste you like best. Chocolate bark makes for a great festive treat if you’re getting in the seasonal spirit, or a nice little gift once it’s all wrapped up and presented in the right way.
Edible gifts are always a safe bet. Who doesn’t like receiving something tasty? If you want the lovingly crafted, handmade tastiness without the effort or you simply want some more ideas, take a look at our store. At Gardenia’s Fire, we have a whole range of chocolate covered strawberries, brownies, and much more to get you inspired.