5 Minute Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Bark & Creativity

Nov 28, 2011

After a few fun-and-food-packed days, the kids are wiped out.  Daniel, especially.  He dug deep into the energy well and got his sister to ride bikes and scooter yesterday despite the failing light and their fatigue.  He promised to build his littlest brother a Lego ship and did so, only yelling once when sad brother dropped it on the floor and the giant beast dog came running to investigate.

By the time we got to dinner, Daniel was done.  Energy zapped.  Manners out the window.  Appetite nil.  Rudeness quotient elevated to such an extent that Adam sent Daniel to his room.  “Not like I care,” he yelled down from the top of the stairs. “I can just play Lego all night anyway.”

I am proud to say that not only did Daniel stay upstairs as he was asked, he also busied himself with his Lego, building all manner of houses and spaceships and, as you can see by the photograph, working on his spelling.  Like a rude, Lego-inclined tooth fairy, really.  Or a terrible turn-down service.

After the kids were in bed, I melted chocolate, hand-toasted some coconut, and made 5 Minute Dark Bark.  Perfect for a real chocolate-on-the-pillow treat.



5 Minute Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Bark

7 oz best quality dark chocolate

1/3 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

pinch sea salt

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup slivered almonds

Have a baking sheet lined with parchment handy. Melt chocolate either in double boiler or in microwave, stirring a couple of times as chocolate melts. In a small pan, turn heat on high and toast coconut. Do not leave unattended! Once coconut is browned, removed from heat. Stir chocolate and add coconut ad salt, then half each of cranberries and almonds, stirring once more. Spread mixture onto parchment and sprinkle with remaining almonds and cranberries. Place baking sheet in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut or break as you like. Consume or give as gifts or spell out words.


  1. Celia
    November 28, 2011

    Sigh…creative use of lego indeed.. 😉

    Your chocolate bark looks like just the thing when a serious sugar kick is needed…

  2. K
    November 29, 2011

    Can you think of something I could swap out the coconut for? My kids aren’t fans of that.

    • EmilyFranklin
      November 29, 2011

      You can omit coconut with no problem and sub in nothing. If you want to sub, try crushed sunflower seeds or crispy rice cereal, always a kid-pleaser.