Pistachio, Salted Caramel, and Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark

About six months ago I fell in love with pistachios.

I was eating so many that my thumb got a blister on it from shelling so many.

Pistachio, Salted Caramel & Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark - Salty-and-sweet & so good! Dangerously easy & make in 5 minutes!

Note to self, buy the unshelled. But that seems like cheating.

Unless you dump the pistachios onto melted dark chocolate along with caramels, Oreos, and sea salt.

Pistachio, Salted Caramel & Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark - Salty-and-sweet & so good! Dangerously easy & make in 5 minutes!

I love making bark because it’s fast, easy, foolproof, and you can use up your odds and ends.

Anything from the last bits in a bag of pretzels to the remnants of the butterscotch chips to random Easter candy you found stashed away. Everything tastes better smorgasboard-style on top of bark.

Pistachio, Salted Caramel & Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark - Salty-and-sweet & so good! Dangerously easy & make in 5 minutes!

For the bark I used lightly salted pistachios, diced caramels, Oreos, and a sprinkling of sea salt for a salty-and-sweet effect.

I love salty-and-sweet treats and I find that with dark chocolate, a pinch of salt goes a long way to enhance and round out the flavor.

The chocolate is Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar. It melts so smoothly, evenly, and it’s dark enough without being bitter or too intense. It makes for a smooth, mellow, bark-eating experience. Use your favorite chocolate from uber dark to milk.

Pistachio, Salted Caramel & Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark - Salty-and-sweet & so good! Dangerously easy & make in 5 minutes!

The bark is a texture lover’s dream. The smooth, rich chocolate that melts in your mouth contrasted with the slightly salty pistachios and crunchy Oreos.

The caramels are buttery, creamy, and chewy. There are so many flavor and texture combinations in every bite and the more you eat, the more you want.

Pistachio, Salted Caramel & Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark - Salty-and-sweet & so good! Dangerously easy & make in 5 minutes!

I gave some of the bark away because it was far too dangerous to keep in my house.

It makes great hostess gifts or gifts for friends, teachers, and neighbors. If you can manage to part with some or don’t eat it all first.

Pistachio, Salted Caramel & Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark - Salty-and-sweet & so good! Dangerously easy & make in 5 minutes!

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Pistachio, Salted Caramel, and Oreo Dark Chocolate Bark

Bark is fast, easy, foolproof, and you can add whatever odds and ends are lurking in your pantry and this bark is a texture lover’s dream. The smooth, rich chocolate that melts in your mouth is in contrast with the slightly salty pistachios and crunchy Oreos. The caramels are buttery, creamy, and add chewiness. There are so many flavor and texture combinations in every bite and the more you eat, the more you want. Customize the bark based on your favorite toppings and what you have on hand. It makes great hostess gifts or gifts for friends, teachers, and neighbors.

Yield: about 2 1/2 pounds of bark

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for cooling and setting up

Ingredients:

16 ounces dark chocolate (1 pound; I used TJ's Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar)
about 20 small caramel squares, unwrapped and diced small (if you can find salted caramels I recommend them, but regular may be used)
6 to 8 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped 
about 3/4 cup shelled, lightly salted pistachios (unsalted may be substituted)
generous pinch of sea salt for sprinkling, optional and to taste

Directions:

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper; set aside. Before beginning to melt the chocolate, have all the ingredients chopped, prepped, and ready to go so that they're ready to be added while the chocolate is hot and melty.
  2. Coarsely chop the chocolate or break into chunks to encourage smooth melting. Place chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high power to melt, about 2 to 3 minutes, stopping every 15 seconds to check and stir until it can be stirred smooth. Be careful not to scorch it; or use a double boiler.
  3. Pour melted chocolate onto parchment and with a spatula or offset knife, smooth into a large rectangle, about 10x15-inches, and about 1/8-inch thick; just eyeball. Reserve 1 to 2 tablespoons in the bottom of the bowl for final chocolate drizzle; set aside.
  4. Evenly sprinkle with caramels, Oreos, pistachios, and sea salt to taste.
  5. Evenly drizzle with reserved 1 to 2 tablespoons chocolate; optional but helps 'glue' the toppings down and adds visual appeal.
  6. Allow chocolate to set up for at least 3 hours at room temp, or in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  7. After chocolate has set, break into pieces or chop with a knife. Bark will keep airtight at room temp for many weeks and in the fridge or freezer for many months.

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I REALLY cheat with pistachios because I buy a huge bag from Costco and keep then in the freezer. I think I would go buy caramels and ores just to make this! I love all your bark recipes–so much going on and multiple cravings satisfied. And–no baking( just patiently waiting for it to set). Pinned!!

Thanks for pinning and love your Costco/freezer idea. TJ’s does sell them unshelled (which is what I used for the bark). But I think the shells slow down the rate of rapid fire consumption for me :)

Looks delicious. My kids would go crazy over this because I don’t buy pistachios very often. The cost is well much higher than some of the other nuts. So of course it’s a huge treat. This would be like a double bonus!
Have a beautiful Monday!

OH how I wish I was on your too much to keep in the house distribution list!!! This bark looks so good. I love to store bark in the fridge so it keeps that snap. Pistachios are so good I love to mix them with craisins and snack away.

Another person just told me about a holiday cranberry/pistachio bark she makes. Sounds delish! And I wish you were on my distribution list, too. God I give away so much food – I have to! Although my daughter really loved this bark and I kept a stash for her in the freezer :)

Is there a support group for our blistered thumbs? I love pistachios because it takes so long to eat them, it’s built-in portion control. Yet, I still eat the entire bag…

Love this bark! Pinned!

I know, right! Built-in portion control, kind of. Unless you just get faster at it and eat the whole bag in no time like I can do :) Thanks for pinning!

Haha, the blisters! That is a sure sign of a pistachio lover. At least there will be no evidence from eating an entire batch of this … except maybe some chocolate on the mouth ;) Salted caramel, Oreos, and pistachios – does it get any better? Love this combo Averie!

I just told another commenter that I have to try to NOT eat them all and forget about them in the cupboard because they’re dangerous for me, too. Like a cup at a time, no biggie :)

I love the lighting in these photos, Averie! Ugh yes pistachios can be such a pain to shell sometimes but they are totally worth it. And this bark looks amazing, I love how easy it is to make and feels totally gourmet!

I love how easy it is to make and feels totally gourmet! = YES That is exactly what I wanted to say but didn’t say quite so succinctly!

And the lighting, you know, it’s so hit and miss in my shooting area and sometimes the sun will go behind a cloud or not, and just the total nuances can really effect the images I get. Thanks for the compliments on these!

Whoa. This looks seriously awesome! This reminded me that I have some pistachios sitting around left over from another baking project, PLUS I have some caramels, so this is *definitely* happening!! Yum!

This bark would just not be safe around me. I make it a point to eat pistachios every day. Have you tried the salt/pepper kind? Heaven.
And having pistachios in chocolate with Oreos and caramel…wow.

I try NOT to eat them every day…LOL. It’s way too easy for me to seriously eat like 3/4 cup in no time. So a few times a week, I make up for all the days I didn’t eat them in one sitting :) And yes most any flavor, so good!

Yes to all things pistachio! This is brill.
I made a gf pistachio almond cake a few weeks ago and it took one hour to shell the pistachios! Hopefully all that “work” made up for all the slices I enjoyed. :D

Oooooooh this bark is so beautiful, Averie! I love everything you used (what a fantastic way to clean out the pantry) and the green of the pistachios just pops against the chocolate. I hope your fingers have recovered from the blisters ;) I’m sure it was worth it to eat this delicious bark.

Where do you get your pistachios? The ones I get from the grocery are more brown than green, yours looks so pistachio green! Looks yummy!!!

Pistachios are my dad’s favorite nut too! I remember while I was growing up, he’d eat a small bowl almost every night while watching baseball or basketball on TV, and he taught me how to pry open those little shells to make me feel grown up. Come to think of it, maybe he just taught me so his fingers wouldn’t hurt from doing it all himself! ;) I’m absolutely loving your latest bark creation! Sweet, salty, chocolaty, caramely, cookie-y (I think I’m making up words at this point)… So many good things. Definitely pinning!!

You know I loved pistachios too, but haven’t eaten them in months. I’m back to my standard peanut butter, but I’ve gotten really lazy and buy the freshly ground stuff at the coop instead of making my own. So sad. So lazy, but it’s SUMMER!

This is kind of off topic, but you link to your saltine cracker recipe and last week, a friend of mine brought that stuff to FOUR potlucks in a single week! She used mahtzo crackers instead, but same thing. The first time, I resisted, but eventually my willpower was gone and it was…a bad scene. That stuff is truly crack!

Oh I’m so glad to hear that she made it FOUR TIMES. In a week. Omg that is the midwest and the potlucks I remember. Thanks for sharing that story :) And you being back to storebought/freshly ground PB. Hey, it’s the easiest route and no food proc to clean out, right!

this bark looks out of this world amazing. I am afraid I would eat the whole thing and not share. Not nice of me but seriously who wants to share this goodness. It looks divine and love the rich caramel against the salty pistachios! genius

just want to complement you on your wonderful blog. your recipes and pictures look so yummy!!! i don’t know how you come up with soooo many ideas everyday!

I have loved pistachios since I was like 7. Totally got it from my parents. I don’t mind shelling them except when I’m baking. It seems like it takes forever just to get half a cup.

Yes it does! For baking, I cheat and use the shelled ones. But for just snacking, I shell them myself as built in portion control since it takes longer to work for them :)

Oh boy, if I’m not careful I can easily finish a bag of pistachios all by myself (thumb blisters and all) even though I buy the shelled ones to prevent me from doing just that haha. This bark sounds incredible – it has everything I love and more – pinning :)

Oh wow this looks absolutely incredible! I totes need to try this! It’s comforting how you say that bark is foolproof…I have a tendency of being a complete idiot in the kitchen and always manage to screw something up somehow haha! But with this it’s kinda as if the more jumbled it is the better the final product will be. Amazing pictures of it too Averie, I love how you always show the full view, cross sections and the sheer variety of yummy stuff included in the recipe via mouth watering pics!

Love the pop of color the pistachios give.

I read somewhere that buying shelled is best for snacking as the shelling makes you feel fuller quicker/keep track of what you’re eating.

I hope that’s true so I can eat more decadent things like this bark! :)