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Almond Bark with Organic Puffed Quinoa, Dried Michigan Cherries, Vintage Merlot Sea Salt, and Dark Chocolate

Developed by Chef Richard Cusick on behalf of Almond Board of California.



Serves: Makes 36 pieces
For Bark
  • 4 ½ pounds dark chocolate, cut into chunks
  • 2 ounces organic puffed quinoa
  • 6 ounces Michigan dried cherries
  • 4 ounces sliced blanched California almonds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon Vintage Merlot sea salt
To Temper the Chocolate
  1. Melt 3 pounds of the chocolate in a plastic bowl in 30-second intervals in the microwave until the temperature reaches almost 120 degrees F.
  2. Stir after each 30 seconds.
  3. When the temperature is close to 120 degrees F, lower the cooking time to 15 seconds.
  4. Do not overheat the chocolate or it will seize.
  5. Add the remaining 1 ½ pounds chocolate to the bowl and stir until the temperature is 90 degrees F.
For Bark
  1. Stir the quinoa into the tempered chocolate.
  2. Spread it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or an acetate sheet to ¼ inch thick.
  3. Quickly top the chocolate with the cherries, almonds, and salt.
  4. Let the bark set and break it into pieces.
Nutritional Info
Per Serving
Calories 368
Fat 23 g
Sat Fat 13 g
Mono Fat 8 g
Poly Fat 1 g
Protein 4 g
Carb 35 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 72 mg
Calcium 45 mg
Magnesium 109 mg
Potassium 362 mg
Vitamin E 1 mg*
* total alpha-tocopherol equivalents
Did you know?

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