4/28/09

white chocolate, pineapple & coconut bark

tropical bark

I'm not the biggest fan of white chocolate, but I did change my mind on this creation. This was good, really good. I had a small bite and then made sure to send it away to friends as I knew I would eat all of it. It's that type of candy that you have a piece, vow to have one more piece, then seal it up, then end up going back for a third, fourth and so on.

tropical bark

Are there a lot of people out there that like white chocolate? I know my hubby loves it. I love my high cacao chocolate--give me my fix! For the longest time I had been craving a pineapple & coconut type bark, every since spring came about actually. But mixing the pineapple and coconut with the dark or even milk chocolate was ok, not my thing really. I gave the white chocolate a try. But trust me, I was hesitant because melting white chocolate is a pain in the ciuco! You really have to watch the chocolate because it goes from melted directly to dry and crusty. But if you have all your ingredients lined up and work fast it comes out okay.

tropical bark

So, was this good? Yes, it was really good. I love the sweetness of the pineapple and coconut mixed with the almost salty-like white chocolate. And I used a dried coconut to give the bark texture (not a sweetened coconut, but dried). Plus the salty macadamia nuts were crazy good with this. Did I forget to mention the salty macadamia nuts? My bad--yes there are macadamia nuts in here and they are salty gooooood.

tropical bark

white chocolate tropical bark
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about 16 oz of white chocolate melted (about one bag and a half bag)
1/2 cup more or less dried pineapple, chopped
1/2 cup more or less dried coconut (not the sweetened kind but the dried)
1/2 cup more or less rough chopped salted macadamia nuts

You can use as much or as little of the ingredients above as you like. Have all your ingredients (in separate bowls) at the ready because as soon as the white chocolate is melted you need to pour it onto a sheet pan and add your mix in's. Get a small jellyroll pan ready; either use a non-stick one or cover it with parchment paper. Melt white chocolate over double boiler. (I don't microwave my white chocolate, it's never ever melted right for me). Keep stirring until it's melted, then pour onto jellyroll pan, spread with nonstick spatula, then sprinkle on the pineapple and then the nuts, push them down a bit to make sure they sink in a bit to the melted chocolate, then top with the coconut. Put in freezer to harden, about 30 minutes. After it's hardened, then let it sit at room temp for a bit before breaking into pieces.

67 comments:

  1. Oh. My. God.

    I AM an enormous white chocolate fan. And pineapple. And coconut. And macadamia nut. Seriously, those were made for me.

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  2. you have topped the top on this one - what a beautiful creation!

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  3. Love white chocolate and just finished using some in raspberry bars. I LOVE your bark---everything in that sounds so good!!

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  4. You really need to open a candy shop! I love all of your sweet creations!

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  5. I'm not a big white chocolate fan, but those sound awesome. I love pineapple and coconut (and macadamia nuts).

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  6. When I saw the title of this post, I could not wait to open it up and see the picture. Oh my YUM! I am not usually a white chocolate fan but this looks INCREDIBLE

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  7. You make everything look just awesome. You're officially the queen of coconut.

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  8. Out of this world, GREAT photos.

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  9. I just ate something like this... and it was SOOOO good!

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  10. Gosh. That made me drool. Like really. My mouth is watering, literally now!

    Beautiful.

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  11. Looks absolutely gorgeous, and I bet it tastes that good, too.

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  12. Please package this and send to Los Angeles. We are in dire need.

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  13. i'm not the biggest fan of white chocolate either, but this does sound yummy (and tropical!)

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  14. Dawn Dawn Dawn..your really annoying me..Dont you know I am trying to watch my weight???? I should learn not to look at your blog at night when I get the munchies!!!
    Give me chocolate..white, milk or ultra dark!!!

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  15. This looks really amazing! I love white chocolate and...well, everything else that's in this bark, too. :)

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  16. White chocolate is hard to melt just right without it getting yucky. It looks like you've done an amazing job here!

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  17. Where do you get dried coconut? What brand? I've been wanting to make coconut clusters but haven't because sweetened coconut is well, too sweet.

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  18. I don't like coconut unless it is in my cocktails, but oh my gawd, this looks incredible. Oh come to me you little macadamia nut clustery bark fool......

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  19. Dawn, this bark looks incredible! I love the coconut and pineapple combo. And ooooh, macadamia nuts, they're incredible. I have a bag of macadamia nuts that I keep frozen...have you ever had them frozen? Amazing! By the way, melting white chocolate is a SUPER pain, but I'm sooo going to take my chances to have this bark. I need it. Now.

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  20. I'm not much of the white chocoalte fan either. I usually prefer dark or milk. But since you've put pineapple and coconut in this, then I'm willing to try white chocolate. You have made convinced.

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  21. I'm a coconut lover....and this is just wow...wow. It's so dang pretty.

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  22. ooh dawn that mix of ingredients sounds like it'd be a hit!

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  23. Wow, truly amazing. I've heard of chocolate and peppermint bark but this is great!! You're so creative with your food!

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  24. Waw,...Dawn!
    These excuisit bars look really FABULOUS!!! Yummie!

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  25. These look and sound devine!!

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  26. This dessert looks incredible! The combination of white chocolate, pineapple and coconut bark is fabulous!

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  27. i'm all too familiar with addictive candy like that, and i can already tell that this would fall into that category. i love each component together (and separately). if i can't go to a tropical place, i'll settle for pigging out on this. :)

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  28. holy cow such deliciousness!! have you tried green and black's white chocolate? that would change your mind about white chocolate :) i wish i hadn't found it so i'd stick to dark (at least it's got some healthy antioxidants!)

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  29. I call my love for white chocolate - White Chocolate Mania :) I love Reeses White Chocolate Peanutbutter Eggs/cups etc.

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  30. Oh, this makes me think of vacations in Hawaii

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  31. More evil creations from Dawn...I'm lovin' it. Now THESE can be mailed out without going bad...3 please!

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  32. You need to mail them all to me! What a sinful combination of goodness you have made. You are all about food porn! ;-)

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  33. This looks pretty simple to make but so delicious! I actually love white chocolate so this is calling my name.

    I do use a Porta Trace light with some of my photos - it really helps on those dark rainy days.

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  34. Oh that is just TOO good. Combining all of my favorite things into one! You could sell that!

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  35. Can I just give you my address so you can ship me some? Amazing flavors!!

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  36. Come to Momma....

    I am so going to make this.

    Try this yourself:
    white chocolate
    pistachios
    crasins

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  37. Wow!! That looks AWESOME!

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  38. Oh my does that sound yummy! I love the combination of pineapple and coconut. Thanks for sharing this delicious looking treat.

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  39. I love white chocolate! And all the goodies you put in there! What a delicious treat!

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  40. I've never been a white chocolate fan either, but I had a tuxedo strawberry the other day, and it was really good. Maybe if I drizzled some milk chocolate on top? Thanks for all the great ideas Dawn!

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  41. I've always loved white chocolate. Everything you make looks amazing and I'm sure it tastes amazing too!
    hugs!
    Maryann xox

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  42. White chocolate is not my favorite, but I do like "bark" made with it. This looks awesome. Love the flavors!

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  43. Oh wow, just thinking of this treats transports me somewhere tropical and sweet! they look great and must taste delicious. I think it's a good call to put pineapple in, since its mild tang would help compensate the richness of the chocolate. And, well, coconut... you can never go wrong with coconut!

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  44. I was just minding my own business, checking out all my fav blogs, and then this smacks me in my face! Dawn you're killing me! This could win a prize, package these up and sell them. Seriously!

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  45. ME! I'm a white chocolate fan! food snobs will look down on me because it's not "real" chocolate, but I love the milkiness of white choc!
    and this bark looks AMAZING with AWESOME combos! tropical bark!

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  46. I totally know what you mean by taking a piece, sealing it up and promising never to eat another piece. That's like me and Reese's PB cups. I'm not a crazy fan of white chocolate either, but I loved it in this christmas bark I tried a few years ago with candy canes.

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  47. Yup I like the salty sweet thing going on here. I agree that this is better with white than dark chocolate!

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  48. Wow! I am so glad you commented on my blog because now I found yours. Everything looks amazing! I will be adding this to my Google Reader :)

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  49. When I was a kid, I loved white choc, but I think repeated eating of substandard (read: vanilla-flavored vegetable fat, YUCK) white "chocolate" has turned me off it in recent years. Now learned to read the label ;) That looks deeevine. I want some!

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  50. Oh, my... I really need to get my hands on some of this!!

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  51. I am not much of a white chocolate fan but both my son and husband love it. I would definitely give this a try though with the pineapple and coconut. This might just be the recipe to convert me! Your creations are always a delight Dawn.

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  52. White chocolate and coconut are a marriage made in delicious heaven! And if you throw some pineapple and nuts I'll be the one in heaven! Have a great weekend!

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  53. You always come up with great creations. Beautiful!

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  54. I am totally a white chocolate fan, particularly when it gets all soft and melty - this looks delish!

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  55. I think you're supposed to add crisco to microwave chocolate, but wouldn't that be just a terrible pollution of perfectly good chocolate?

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  56. ack, you are killing me with all that goodness.

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  57. I just adore anything with coconut in it. Yum!

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  58. I'm with you... not the biggest fan of white choc., but I did a Halloween Bark last year that was made w/ white choc. and liked that. So maybe bark just works w/ it, who knows? Looks wonderful to me. I'd have been really happy to get it out of the house too!

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  59. Oh wow yum! Have to try this.

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  60. It's no wonder Nicole of Baking Bites wrote about this post. It's freakin fantastic!!!

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  61. I'm a huge white chocolate fan! This sounds awesome!

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  62. YIKES! I would be a very happy person with this combo! I'm so behind in looking at all of your lovely creations!

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  63. This bark looks devine. One I would love to try! Got this baby bookmarked. Perfect for a hostess gift!

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  64. Wow! This bark looks delicious! I've become a fan of your blog lately and this is the recipe that has made me want to comment. I want to rush right home and try it out. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and your photography skills are supreme.

    I just started a baking blog. Please take a moment to check it out. I'd love to know your opinion.

    heidibakes.blogspot.com

    Thanks
    Heidi

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  65. I was looking for something creative like this. Then tried this awesome recipe. This recipe does not disappoint. It's a snap to prepare and really tasty.

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  66. This tropical bark sounds really good!

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  67. Made it, it's WOOOOOnnderful! Thank you!

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