cranberry pistachio dark chocolate bark

Sheldon's birthday is this Saturday and for every holiday I get him truffles from his favorite chocolate shop a couple blocks away. I decided to step it up this year and make him some homemade chocolates, too. I thought I'd share this super easy recipe with you in case you have a loved one who might appreciate some homemade treats for Valentine's Day.

16 ounces dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pistachio nuts

Turn a baking sheet upside down and wrap it with tin foil. You'll use this to spread the melted chocolate on. Fill a small plastic bag with the pistachio nuts and hit them gently with a glass jar to turn them into coarse bits. Save for later.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and sit it over a saucepan of simmering water. The bowl should not be touching the water. Stir here and there until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Add the cranberries and gently fold them in.

Spread the chocolate and cranberry mixture on the foil covered baking sheet evenly to desired thickness. While the chocolate is still hot, sprinkle the pistachio bits and a bit of sea salt over the surface. Chill for about a half an hour in the fridge until cold and firm.

I like the look of simply breaking it into uneven pieces, but you could also cut with a sharp knife if you'd prefer even squares. Triangles could also be cute. Store in the fridge.

If you're giving the bark as a gifts, this batch would fill about 4-5 half pint mason jars. Fabric and a sweet tag complete the package.

And because this is MY BLOG and I do what I want, I'm going to indulge myself by getting all sentimental about the fabric. The last time I used it was in college when I sewed complicated things like hoodies, laughed like crazy, cried like crazy (literally. crazy.) and had some really awesome roommates (move back to Baltimore, you jerks!). I got out my old laptop and found this picture. See the fabric on the shoulder?

Look at that confused little girl. Hot, though. Maybe I'll put this picture on my fridge as a reminder to NOT EAT (too much) CRANBERRY PISTACHIO DARK CHOCOLATE BARK. ;)

Sorry about all the caps. Happy Valentines Day! And happy birthday to my dear husband! I love you, Sheldon, you sexy thing.