Orange Zest & Almond Dark Chocolate Bark

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AI generated by RandomRecipes Dessert, Mediterranean cuisine
Servings Difficulty Prep time Cook time Total time
8 Beginner 15 min 5 min 80 min

Indulge in a slice of history with this Orange Zest & Almond Dark Chocolate Bark, a blend of Mediterranean flavors.

Did you know?

Did you know? Chocolate was once considered so precious that it was used as currency in ancient civilizations!

Let's embark on a sensory journey with this Orange Zest & Almond Dark Chocolate Bark, where bittersweet dark chocolate meets the citrusy zing of orange zest, the crunch of almonds, and a hint of warming cinnamon. This delightful creation is steeped in the rich tapestry of Mediterranean flavors, where the love for sweets dates back to ancient times. Imagine, if you will, the bustling markets of the Mediterranean, filled with the aroma of citrus, spices, and locally harvested honey, which we capture here in this simple yet elegant dessert.

In crafting this bark, we pay homage to an era when chocolate was a luxury and spices like cinnamon were as valuable as gold. Combining these with the rustic texture of almonds, this dessert not only tastes divine but tells a story of trade routes and cultural exchange. Perfect for a beginner who wishes to impress, this recipe is a testament to how a few quality ingredients can create a luxurious treat.


As we prepare to combine these gorgeously simple ingredients, each component brings its own historical significance and deep flavors to our recipe.

Cinnamon has a storied past, used in ancient Egypt not only for flavoring but for embalming thanks to its preservative qualities. Orange zest, with its burst of fragrance, often symbolized prosperity and was a prized gift during festivities.

  • 200 grams of high-quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 50 grams of raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of honey, preferably floral Mediterranean honey


The art of chocolate bark making is as simple as it is rewarding. Follow these steps to create your own edible masterpiece.

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, setting the stage for our chocolate artistry.
  2. In a heatproof bowl, gently melt the dark chocolate over a bain-marie or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring until smooth and glossy.
  3. Once melted, stir in the honey and ground cinnamon, creating a sweet and spiced chocolate base.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, using a spatula to spread it into an even layer about 3mm thick.
  5. Sprinkle the orange zest and chopped almonds over the chocolate, pressing them lightly to adhere.
  6. Refrigerate the bark for at least 60 minutes or until completely set, as anticipation builds.
  7. Once set, break the bark into irregular pieces, each telling its own story of flavor and texture.

Add some extra love

For a more intense orange flavor, infuse the orange zest in the melted chocolate for a few minutes before spreading onto the baking sheet.

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