Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachio & Cardamom

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Preparation Time 5 minutes Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Cost Per Serving $0.52
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12 oz (340 g)Dark Chocolate (64% or above), broken into small pieces
1/2 cupShelled Pistachios
1/2 cupDried Cranberries
1 tspGround Cardamom
1/4 tspSea Salt


​Proper chocolate tempering technique
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread your cranberries and pistachios across the paper until they are evenly distributed.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and place a glass or metal bowl (larger than the mouth of the pot so that the bowl does not touch the water) on top.
  3. Add your chocolate and cardamom to the bowl, reserving about 4 small pieces of chocolate behind.
  4. Stir the chocolate gently with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  5. Using a thermometer, bring the melting chocolate up to a temperature of between 114° F (46° C) and 118° F (48° C). Make sure it does not go over 118° F (48° C). Remove from the heat immediately
  6. Start adding the reserve pieces of chocolate until the temperature reaches between 88° F (31° C) and 90° F (32° C). Remove any un-melted pieces of chocolate carefully with a spoon.
  7. At this point your chocolate is tempered and you can pour it onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, pistachios and cranberries. Sprinkle with a little sea salt.
  8. Allow to cool for about 25 minutes at room temperature then break into shards.


  • ​The cocoa bean is rich in a group of plant nutrients called flavonols.  Flavonols act as antioxidants, protecting healthy cells from damage. Research suggests that flavonols may also help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart and help prevent blood clots from forming.
  • Why isn’t milk chocolate a good source of antioxidants? The milk binds to the antioxidants in the chocolate so that they cannot be absorbed by the body.
  • Chocolate is popular for a reason. It has been shown to boost levels of serotonin and endorphins in the brain, chemicals that improve mood and pleasure.