Cherry-Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Bark

This is the grown-up variation of chocolate bark: sweet, tart, spicy, salty, and profoundly addictive. It's lots of fun to make, with plenty of lovely little jobs for kids to do. Add festive wrapping, and you've got a great holiday gift.

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Yield: about 2 pounds, enough for 4 gift boxes


    1 teaspoon olive oil
    1/2 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds (the green kind)
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne
    2 (11- or 12-ounce) bags semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
    1 cup dried, pitted sour cherries (we get ours at Trader Joe's)


  1. Heat oven to 250. Line a 12-by-17-inch jelly roll pan (or rimmed baking sheet) with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the oil until a drop of water sizzles on contact, about 3 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin seeds and cook, stirring constantly until the seeds are fragrant, starting to brown, and making popping sounds, about 3 or 4 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the salt and cayenne, and leave to cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Scatter the chocolate chips evenly in the prepared pan. Place pan in the oven for 5 minutes, then remove and spread chocolate with a rubber spatula. Scatter the cherries over the top of the melted chocolate, then scatter the pumpkin seeds. Chill at least 2 hours, until firm enough to break into pieces.

Click for printable gift tags

full star full star full star full star empty star Rated by 5 members

Find More About

Search Recipes
Get delicious recipes your whole family will love.

Recipe Videos

null data...
promoObjectId (null)
promoObject.title ()
promoObject.contentType ()
promoWidth ()
promoHeight ()
promoContainerId (editorialPromo3)
promoCSS (on_travelTips_aggregate)
this displays when the floating stack report is on
Please log in ...
You must be logged in to use this feature.

Thank You!

Thank you for helping us maintain a friendly, high quality community at This comment will be reviewed by a community moderator.

Flag as Not Acceptable?

We review flagged content and enforce our Terms of Use, in which content must never be:

See full Terms of Use.