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Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark

 Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark - www.countrycleaver.com

What’s the going rate for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s here in the States? $4? Take a guess how much it is Down Under in Australia? I can give you a clue… It’s more than $10 and less than $15 – for a pint- and they don’t carry Cherry Garcia.  Uhhh, excuse me? Isn’t Cherry Garcia the International Standard Bearer of Gourmetish Ice Cream?  With my Dad down in Australia for the next few months, I figured he needed a hit of the good stuff and decided to whip up a not-quite-as-melty-batch of Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark as a surprise.

Except for the surprise is now blown (HI DAD!), but the sentiment still remains. It’s all the fun of Cherry Garcia with out the frosty presentation. And it’s super simple to make on your own and totally shippable half way around the world.

Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark - www.countrycleaver.com

 Growing up, and still to this day, my dad’s favorite ice cream is Cherry Garcia. For the longest time, and still to this day, I go for the wild and crazy flavors – Dublin Mudslide, Bovinity Divinity, Americone Dream, anything novel. I never understood the same old-same old, but with him gone – the thought of going spoon deep into a pint of Cherry Garcia along side my dad whilst watching reruns of M*A*S*H seems kinda of comforting and homey in a frosted cream, fruit and chocolate sort of way.

Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark - www.countrycleaver.com

And FYI – A pint of Ben and Jerry’s in Australia goes for around $12 a pint.

*The more you know!*

This week we’re celebrating all things sweet! So join me and the Usual Suspects for some real great treats! These women know how to ruin years of dental work in one teeth catteringly good time!! And that is why we love them.

Sunday:
Retro Raspberry Divinity – Jeanne @ Inside NanaBread’s Head
Red Velvet Vanilla Marble Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – Kirsten @ Comfortably Domestic

Monday:
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies – Beka @ Kvetchin’ Kitchen
Mini Meringue Strawberry Pie – Katie @ The Hill Country Cook

Tuesday:
Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti – Madeline @ Munching in the Mitten
Samoa Crack Dip – Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

Wednesday:
Avocado Peppermint Chocolate Mousse – Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain
Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark – Megan @ Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

Thursday:
S’Mores on a Stick – Kat @ Tenaciously Yours
White Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting – Mads @ La Petite Pancake

Friday:
‘Pucker Up’ Lemon Marshmallows – Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World
Mini Chocolate Mousse Pies – Kirsten @ Comfortably Domestic

Saturday:
Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie & a Giveaway – Anne @ From My Sweet Heart

Cherry Garcia Bark

Cherry Garcia inspired chocolate bark. Chocolate, white chocolate and cherries.

Yield: 15 Pieces

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 25 Minutes + Cooling Time

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Ingredients:

12 ounces Dark Chocolate Candy Melts
10 ounces White Chocolate Candy Melts
⅔ cup Dried Cherries
15 Cherry Cordial Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
½ tsp oil based Cherry Extract (optional)

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment. Set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate on 50% power for one minute to soften. Stir and continue to microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth, stirring in between. (If using optional oil-based Cherry extract, pour into chocolate and stir until evenly mixed) Pour melted chocolate onto mat or parchment and smooth out into a ¼" thick layer. Allow to cool and solidify. Place in fridge to speed up the process. Repeat process with white chocolate, spreading it over the top of the hardened dark chocolate. Quickly sprinkle with dried cherries and Cherry Cordial Hershey's Kisses, pressing into the warm white chocolate. Cool again. When completely chilled, using a sharp knife - very carefully cut into large chunks.
Cover and keep stored at room temperature.

 

   

21 Responses to “Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark”

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — February 13, 2013 @ 3:30 am

    thank god I live in NH… I’d die if my B&J was that much! Holy crap! I am all over this Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark as it is one of my favorite ice creams as well!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 13, 2013 @ 4:42 am

    You are such a good daughter!!

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    Angel — February 13, 2013 @ 5:48 am

    I was just searching Pinterest for a last minute valentines treat and I saw your recipe pop up on twitter,this is a gift from the universe,my valentine loves Cherry Garcia,he will adore this ,thank you !!!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 13, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    Say whaat! Ship this to me pleasse! Thank goodness we live in the states!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 13, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    Using dried cranberries and the cordial kisses is an awesome idea!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 13, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    These look crazy addicting! And you are too cute to do this for your dad!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — February 13, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    I kinda love Cherry Garcia too – such a classic ice cream! Can you EVEN IMAGINE what an ice cream sandwich with this bark would be like?!?! OMG…

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    Madeline — February 13, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Yum! I just took a chocolate class this weekend where we made a cherry-almond bark – you’ve definitely taken it to the next level! Now I’m thinking of remixing other favorite B+J’s ice creams into bark…mmmm.

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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — February 13, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    The cutest part, is that your Dad reads you blog. I love that. And I’m pretty sure I’d love this chocolate, waaaay too much.

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    Carlas Confections — February 13, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    I definitely know that feeling… New Zealand was worse!!! Non-existent there! And things were easily three times the price if not more. Ugh. Glad to be closer to the states now, but its still not the same!

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    Carlas Confections — February 13, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Oh by the way, this bark looks amazing!!!!! :D

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    Cookin Canuck — February 13, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    I’ll bet your dad was pretty thrilled with his treat. Cherry garcia is one my favorites, too, and I’m sure this chocolate bark would hit the spot.

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    Paula — February 13, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    I’m sure your Dad is waiting anxiously for the mail to arrive! This looks soooo good!

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    mjskit — February 13, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    More than 10 bucks for a pint of ice cream? Are you kidding me?!!?! I would definitely buy an ice cream maker! Now for the bark – it’s probably the most beautiful bark I’ve ever seen, and since I’m a HUGE fan of Cherry Garcia Ice cream – It would probably be the best bark ever tasted. I have to try it!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — February 13, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Megan….this stuff is outrageous! OMG those cherry kisses clinging to every piece is the best part! Seriously, you should make a bark to correspond with every flavor of Ben & Jerry’s! Your pictures are just stunning…and so is the bark! : )

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    Kirsten — February 14, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    OMG!! Cherries Garcia is both mine and my dad’s favorite B&J ice cream. I’m all over this bark like hyena on a wildebeast.

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    Kathryn — February 14, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Oh my, I sense a whole series of ice cream inspired barks coming upon me…

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    Kate — October 16, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

    Oh my gosh! I had no idea Ben & Jerry’s was so cheap in the US. I live in Australia and I’ve never bought it because it’s so expensive. Luckily I’m going to the States next year!!! And because I live in Australia and we don’t have Hershey’s in regular supermarkets, what can I use instead of the chocolate? Or can I go without?

    • Megan replied: — October 20th, 2014 @ 4:59 am

      Hi Kate! Go ahead and us any chocolate you have on hand. And if you don’t have filled chocolate Hershey’s, any chocolate will be fine just don’t forget the dried cherries! I hope you have a great time in the States!

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