Cranberry Almond Bark Recipe

Candied Almond Cranberry Bark

This easy candy recipe makes a great gift. Caramelizing the almonds in this bark recipe brings out their nutty flavor and adds crunch.

20 min. prep time
24 servings
959 Ratings



1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons sugar

Bark Candy

16 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest


Line 2 baking sheets with waxed or parchment paper; set aside.

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat until sizzling; add almonds and sugar. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 4-6 minutes or until sugar melts and almonds are golden brown. Quickly spread onto 1 prepared baking sheet. Cool completely; coarsely chop.

Melt candy coating in microwave according to package directions. Stir in chopped candied almonds, cranberries and orange zest. Immediately pour onto remaining prepared baking sheet; spread to 1/4-inch thickness.

Let stand until firm. Cut or break into small pieces. Store in container with tight-fitting lid.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 130

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 20mg

Carbohydrates: 15g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #14383©2010Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Delicious and it will be one of my Christmas favorites.
I made this and put it in Christmas bags for my co-workers. The vanilla flavored candy coating is the stuff you buy in craft stores to make candy with. I used regular dried cranberries and orange zest and a 1/8 tsp of orange flavoring. It came out great
I made this and it was super easy! Came out delicious! I am not a big fan of the orange peel zest. Gave it a little to orangy flavor. I'm going to try it again with just the cranberries and almonds. Oh and I didn't use slivered I used chopped. With the chunkier nuts and cranberries, it was very good!
I give it 5 stars. Delicious with fruit and nuts. I love this. Barbara
Oh YUM! I over-browned my almonds a smidge, but it didn't matter--this is just good, simple and delicious! I will most likely add this to our already huge cookie basket we send every year to hubby's office. This one is definitely a keeper! Thank you!
If I substituted parchment paper for the waxed paper, would the hot sugared almonds melt it also?
I'm looking at the posting from Annabelle H that says you need to cool the sugared almonds before putting them on the prepared cookie sheet or they will melt the wax paper.
Test Kitchen Comment


Using parchment paper in place of waxed paper as the recipe suggests will work out just fine.
Posted November 13, 2012
My grandson is allergic to nuts, what besides almonds could be substitued? in this recipe?
Test Kitchen Comment


I would suggest substituting toffee baking chips that are not chocolate covered. You need crunch in the candy ad that could be a good choice. If you try this, let me know how it worked.
Posted November 13, 2012
Does the finished product need to be refrigerated?
Test Kitchen Comment


This candy does not need to be refrigerated for food safety or to keep the coating firm. But, my suggestion is to store it in a cool place but not necessarily in the refrigerator.
Posted November 13, 2012
Is the "candy coating" akin to chocolate dipping wafers?
Test Kitchen Comment


Yes, candy coating is similar to candy dipping wafers.
Posted November 13, 2012
I had dried cranberries left over, unopened in their packages. I threw them in my freezer. Do you think I'll be able to use them in holiday recipes this year once defrosted. I emailed the cranberry grower's association, but never heard back from them.
Test Kitchen Comment


You should be able to use the dried cranberries in your baking once you have defrosted them. If you find that some of them are too dried out I would discard them but if the texture of the dried cranberries is similar to dried cranberries you would purchase now, just go ahead and use the ones you had frozen.
Posted November 15, 2012
This is an excellent recipe and very easy to make. The carmelized almonds are what makes it taste so good. I will make this again next year for Christmas and wrap in little festive bags to put in my gift baskets.
This turned out great. It was easy and fast and delicious. Here's a tip for you, when you go to zest the orange, zest the whole orange and keep the zest in a small plastic covered container in your refrigerator. I made another recipe which required zest and it was already waiting for me. Anyway, make sure you cool the candied almonds before you put them on the prepared cookie sheet with the wax paper or they will melt it. Other than those couple of tips, go for it. You will make another batch of this though, one to give away and one to keep for home. It makes plenty, so you can divide it up and give it to several people on your list: UPS man, mailman, babysitter, etc.
Jen, what's melted candy coating? where do I buy this?
Test Kitchen Comment


Candy coating is typically in the baking section of a grocery store. During the holiday baking season it could be stocked in a special holiday baking display as well. It is generally packaged in a 1 pound bar that is divided into 1 or 2-ounce pieces you can break off depending on the amount you need. It is used to dip candies or for decorating baked items. I suggest you ask your grocery manager for the exact location in the baking department.
Posted December 01, 2011
Outstanding recipe. I made with dried apricots bits and cranberries the second time and I liked THAT even more.
Made this last year at Christmas and it was fabulous! Not only was it delicious, but it was very pretty on the candy tray as well

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