coconut, almond & cranberries chocolate bark 

One of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood is the evening my sister and I were left alone in our house whilst my parents went out to dinner with some friends. As they were running late, my father rushed to the Video Store (yes, it was the 80s) to bribe us rent a movie for us and asked the girl working there for a suggestion for a nice family movie. She suggested Poltergeist. I was 8 & Alex was 12. Please note that prior to the most horrible viewing of my life I had only been subjected to the classic Japanese anime series Heidi & Candy Candy.

Apart from the fact that I was having nightmares for the next couple of years I never looked at my TV with the same eyes. Or any similar looking device (like a microwave). For those of you who haven’t seen it, the young daughter in the movie seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television. I rest my case.

So when my mom accidentally destroyed our microwave oven two years ago I wasn’t too worried about it. Apart from reheating our food, popping popcorn & melting chocolate I didn’t really use it for anything else. And since she decided to give me the best gift of all last Christmas and I quote her, the Rolls Royce of kitchen appliances, a Thermomix, I will forever be grateful to her for making life (in the kitchen) so much easier.

coconut, almond & cranberries dark chocolate bark


  • 200 gr dark chocolate, broken down into small pieces
  • a handful of coconut shavings or 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 50 gr raw almonds
  • 50 gr dried cranberries


  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on your baking tray.
  • Roughly chop up the toppings to the size of your liking (I only chopped the almonds).
  • Melt the chocolate anyway you like. If you have never done it before, take a look here
  • Pour the melted chocolate onto your baking tray and spread it as thin as you like.
  • Sprinkle immediately with your toppings to make sure that these will stick to your chocolate while it is still warm.
  • Place baking tray in a cool place or in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Break into uneven pieces & enjoy!

Personal Notes

  1. You can use any type of chocolate you like just make sure it melts nice enough
  2. This is simply a guide on how to make chocolate bark at home, use any kind of toppings you like

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