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Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark is a simple chocolate candy recipe with only five ingredients. This white chocolate bark recipe is inspired by those Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks, they have a secret to make it taste like the cream cheese frosting that’s studded with dried cranberries and sprinkled with orange zest. If you are looking for chocolate bark ideas to give out as edible gifts, this recipe is super easy to make and pretty, too. In fact, it’s one of the best gluten-free no bake dessert recipes for the holidays!
Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark
Are we over the red cup drama people? Craziness I tell you. I’m a lifelong Catholic and I cannot understand why people got up in arms over a cup. I mean, even I change up my holiday decor every year. Sure, I always have a nativity, but some years I’m heavy on the snowmen or have Santa hanging out in every corner of the house. Other years I use lots of red and green ornaments, and I even used to do a pink, silver, and gold Victorian-style tree. It’s all about style, people. And ombre red cup – totally stylish and still totally festive.
And I also think Starbucks is getting into the holiday spirit with their festive colored and flavored sweet treats.
I’d love to enjoy those Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars. But sadly I won’t be eating them because of my gluten allergy. However, every time I see them, all I think of when I look at the white frosted top dotted with bits of dried cranberry is that it would make a great chocolate bark idea.
How Do You Make Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark?
The Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars have cream cheese frosting. How do you make white chocolate bark taste like cream cheese frosting? The answer came from this recipe from The Kitchn – lemon zest! The addition of the lemon zest seemed to make the bark a bit more crumbly than your usual chocolate bark, but the flavor makes it so worth it. It totally has that tang of cream cheese frosting.
For the double cranberry yumminess of the Cranberry Bliss Bars, stir dried cranberries into melted white chocolate and spread it into an even layer on a cookie sheet linked with wax paper or a silicone baking mat with a small offset spatula. Then sprinkled chopped dried cranberries on top of the Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark. Add a shower of orange zest and a drizzle of white chocolate and your semi-copycat recipe is complete – deliciously sweet, totally gorgeous holiday sweet treat that takes only minutes and is perfect to package as gifts, unless you eat it all first!
How Long Will Chocolate Bark Last?
If you keep it in an airtight container and away from any heat sources (including bright windows), chocolate bark will hold for several weeks at room temperature.
Can White Chocolate Bark Be Frozen?
Yes, chocolate bark can be frozen so that you can store it for a couple of months. However you will want to take certain precautions to avoid condensation and moisture ruining you beautiful bark through the freezing and thawing process. I recommend putting it in plastic freezer bags and squeezing out all of the air to remove any possible moisture from the air. Then place the bags inside a plastic storage container so that it doesn’t get broken as you shift things around in your freezer.
How Do You Package Chocolate Bark for Gifts?
Whether you plan to give someone just this white chocolate bark, or combine it with another favorite chocolate bark recipe like Salted Caramel Mocha Chocolate Bark or Toffee Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Bark, there are many options for packaging it.
- You can buy gift boxes for packaging food items. They are available in white, which you can dress up with ribbons or bows, or in festive holiday designs.
- Slip some pieces into gift bags with twist ties. If you like, you can slip those bags into some decorative tins.
- Fill mason jars and add a handmade gift tag for another festive option. These even come with blank gift tags and chalkboard stickers!
- Or why not put them in a Starbucks mug!
What else can you package with this Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark as gifts?
- Flourless White Chocolate Cranberry Cashew Oatmeal Cookies
- Sea Salt and Honey Peanut Butter Cups
- Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix
- Toffee Almond White Chocolate Chip Monster Cookies
- Homemade Caramel Corn from She Wears Many Hats
- Starbucks Copycat Flourless Chocolate Cookies from Shugary Sweets
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Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark Recipe
With only five ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, this is one of the easiest chocolate bark ideas for a delicious and beautiful holiday dessert or edible gift. Inspired by Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars, this chocolate bark has the tang of the cream cheese frosting and is filled with chewy dried cranberries. Finish this candy with a bright burst of citrus flavor from a sprinkling of orange zest and a final drizzle of white chocolate and you have a treat everyone will love.
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Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Bark
- 16 ounces good-quality white chocolate, divided (set aside 2 oz.)
- Zest of one large lemon
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, left whole
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- Zest of one orange
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking sheet.
- Place a heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water and add the chocolate.
- Stir until almost complete melted, remove from heat, and stir in lemon zest and dried cranberries.
- Working quickly, pour the chocolate onto the lined baking sheet, and using a spatula, spread intoan even layer about a 1/4-inch thick.
- Immediately after spreading out the chocolate, sprinkle the chopped dried cranberries and orange zest over the top. Gently press the toppings into the chocolate.
- Place the sheet pan in the fridge until the chocolate has firmed up, about 1 hour.
- Melt remaining 2 oz. chocolate, transfer into a small sandwich bag, cut off the tip and drizzle over the bark. Return to the refrigerator for a few minutes to firm up.
- Break the bark into pieces.
- Store the bark in an airtight container in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator for up to one month.
And check out the recipes from Day 2 of Christmas Week! Please visit all our talented participants:
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