Gluten-Free Pistachio Candy Bark

Gluten Free Christmas Bark Candy Recipes

When it comes to gift giving, it is hard to go wrong with chocolate, it is gluten free, heavenly, and in my opinion, the food of love! And there is something so special about giving someone something you made yourself.

Now, I am no candy maker or chocolatier but I can make bark. And if I can make bark, anyone can make bark!

Here are two simple, holiday appropriate gluten free chocolate bark recipes you can whip up in minutes. A little bag or box of bark makes a great hostess gift; it can be shared with others at the party or saved and savored later.

Anyone can go out and buy a box of chocolates and anyone can make bark. I ask you, what would you prefer to give or get?

Gluten-Free Cranberry Pistachio Candy Bark

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Gluten-Free Pistachio Candy Bark
Pistachio Cranberry Bark Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Chill time
30 mins
Total Time
19 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 348 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • 1 (11-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups roasted salted pistachios coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Place the semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until most of the chips are melted, about 2 minutes. Alternatively you can put the chips in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate. Stir until all the chips are melted and the chocolate is smooth and glossy. Add 1 cup of the pistachios to the chocolate and stir to combine. Pour onto the paper and spread into an even layer with a spatula about an eighth or a quarter inch thick.
  3. Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until they start to melt, about 1½ minutes. Alternatively you can put the chips in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of the white chocolate here and there with a spoon onto the semisweet chocolate. With a knife or back of a spoon swirl the white chocolate into the semisweet. Sprinkle the rest of the pistachios and the cranberries over the top. Let cool. Place in the refrigerator until hard, about 30 minutes. Cut or break into irregular sized and shaped pieces.

Nutrition Facts
Pistachio Cranberry Bark Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Potassium 351mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 26g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.6%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Gluten-Free Candy Cane Bark

5 from 1 vote
Gluten-Free Candy Cane Bark recipe
Candy Cane Bark Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Chill time
30 mins
Total Time
19 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 333 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • ½ cup peppermint candy or broken candy canes
  • 1 (11-ounce) bag bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (11-ounce) bag white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Put the candy or broken candy canes into a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or heavy skillet until you have small pieces.
  3. Place the bittersweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until most of the chips are melted, about 2 minutes. Alternatively you can put the chips in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate. Stir until all the chips are melted and the chocolate is smooth and glossy. Pour onto the paper and spread into an even layer with a spatula about an eighth or a quarter inch thick.
  4. Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until they start to melt, about 2 minutes. Alternatively you can put the chips in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of the white chocolate here and there with a spoon onto the semisweet chocolate. With a knife or back of a spoon swirl the white chocolate into the bittersweet. Sprinkle the candy pieces over the chocolates. Let cool. Place in the refrigerator until hard, about 30 minutes. Cut or break into irregular sized and shaped pieces.

Nutrition Facts
Candy Cane Bark Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Potassium 238mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 29g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 14.5%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Gluten-Free Candy Cane Bark recipe

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  1. these are gorgeous Carol, I’d much prefer some of these over the bought chocolates, they’e be so cute if kids decorated them too – I have visions of hundreds and thousands everywhere! So simple to make too!

    1. December 14, 2011

      Thanks Jas!

  2. December 14, 2011

    Homemade all the way! I think my kids would LOVE to make the candy cane bark. Thanks for the idea Carol. We’ll definitely be doing this. xo

    1. December 14, 2011

      Thanks Maggie – def a good thing to make with the kids, so easy :)

  3. December 14, 2011

    This is so beautiful. I would love to receive this as a gift.

    1. December 14, 2011

      Thank you Angie!

  4. Donna
    December 14, 2011

    Yum! I would love to receive as a gift and nice to know it is easy enough for me to make and give!

    1. December 14, 2011

      Thanks Donna and yep – easy peasy :)

  5. December 15, 2011

    Haha! I have a post on bark this week too! Great minds certainly think alike Carol!

  6. Janet
    December 16, 2011

    These look wonderful – but it be helpful if you inlcuded the brand of chips that you used, I know Hershey’s Chocolate Chips are GF but I am sure of a brand that makes GF White Chocolate Chips.
    Thanks.

    1. December 16, 2011

      According to Nestle, Nestle’s Premium White Chocolate Chips are gluten free – note that I said the Premium chips. And good point, thanks for bringing that up!

      1. Donna
        December 16, 2011

        Thanks…that was fast!

      2. Janet
        December 23, 2011

        Thank you so much! I will definately make these!

  7. Donna
    December 16, 2011

    Are chocolate chips gluten free?

  8. Megan H.
    December 17, 2011

    I love the joy of giving that comes from this time of year and spending time w/family and friends. It brings a real closeness that is special during the holidays.

  9. Jen
    December 18, 2012

    A lot of the time, roasted nuts ARE NOT gluten free…often contaminated so you do have to be careful. Just wanted to let people know re: the pistachios, you have to be careful and may want to go with something else, add your own salt to raw nuts perhaps?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 21, 2012

      Hi Jen – yes good point. Always need to check to make sure the nuts are not processed with wheat, etc.

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  12. Therresa
    December 19, 2016

    Hi there, I know this post is from 2011, but please note that not all chocolate is gluten free.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 22, 2016

      Yes you always have to read labels

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