Cranberry Bliss Bark

funsweets

So, besides Hurricane Sandy taking away my power for 9 days so far, I think she took my self control too.

 

I have been wearing elastic pants for over a week…nary a zipper to be found.

I’ve been eating Pop Tarts for breakfast every morning…

And pizza for dinner.

And all the Halloween candy in the house … because they cancelled Halloween until Christmas this year.

 

You might say, “Hey Shelly…eat a banana…an apple…some carrots…”

But then you would die.  Because I would kill you with a swift karate chop to the throat.

 

Health food has no place in my hurricane survival plan.

 

Annnd my husband decided that we need to stock up on “MRE“s…like we are in Afghanistan, or on an episode of Doomsdayers…for the next time this happens.

No thank you, sir.  I refuse to accept that this will happen again.

 

So anyway, I am basically a fat, unhappy person right now who is living in denial.

Stay far, far away.

 

But to pass my time, I borrowed a neighbors kitchen who has a big, showy generator.  She can run her oven, which I frankly think is kind of rude.

But then she said I could use her oven, so it stopped being rude and started being neighborly.

Thanks.

 

So I decided to invent something fun…Cranberry Bliss Bark.

I LOVE those Cranberry Bliss Bars from Starbucks and even make this version at home from time to time.

So why not turn it into a buttery, toffee-like bark?

Why the heck not.

I brought my supplies over and infiltrated my neighbor’s kitchen…

This bark is really easy…you can throw it together in just a few minutes.

Line a jelly roll pan with foil and spray it with nonstick spray.  Lay your graham crackers evenly out on the foil…

Then boil your butter and brown sugar together…

After it’s boiled a few minutes remove it from the heat and pour in an entire, delicious can of sweetened condensed milk.

Sigh…

Mix that up and pour it all over your graham crackers…

And bake it for about 7 minutes.  It will get bubbly and yummy.

While it’s baking chop up some white chocolate…I used Almond Bark…

When the toffee-bark comes out of the oven sprinkle your white chocolate over top and let it sit a few minutes until it’s softened enough to spread…

Then sprinkle your Craisins on top…

Let it cool completely before you try cutting it into pieces.

Honestly I let mine sit overnight, but it should take about an hour or so…

The foil will peel off easily.

And that’s it!

Now really…just try and stop eating it.

 

Cranberry Bliss Bark
 
Ingredients
  • 18 Graham Crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz white chocolate or almond bark, chopped finely.
  • 1 cup Craisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Line a 15"x10" jelly roll baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Line the pan with graham crackers in an even layer, breaking to fit the pan if necessary.
  4. In a large saucepan melt butter and brown sugar over medium-low heat. Heat until mixture boils and then boil it for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in sweetened condensed milk.
  6. Pour over graham crackers.
  7. Bake for 7-8 minutes until bubbling. Remove from oven and let it sit for 1 minute before sprinkling white chocolate evenly over top.
  8. Let white chocolate sit for 3-4 minutes until softened and then spread with a spatula or off-set spatula evenly over toffee layer.
  9. Immediately sprinkle Craisins on the white chocolate, pressing gently to stick.
  10. Let cool completely before cutting into pieces.
  11. Sprinkl
Notes
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days

 

Leave a Reply

47 Comments on "Cranberry Bliss Bark"

avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
Guest

Hurricane Sandy is being so brutal to you, life-wise and diet-wise. I’m so sorry, but then again, it has allowed you to make brilliant things like this, all MacGyver-y and whatnot. Here’s hoping your power returns soon, but until then, enjoy this bark. It looks fantastical.

Myha
Guest

Oooooh, I’ll have to try these. I LOVE the Starbucks cranberry bliss bars, I’m sure I’ll love these too!

Erin
Guest

What a fun and festive treat. love that you made it on graham crackers

Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
Guest

Oooh, it’s kind of like a play on pine bark … yummm. I *love* this!

Rachel J
Guest

Aw sorry to hear about your continued power shortage! I hear ya with the fat pants though. My husband and I just re-located to Baltimore. He’s working at his new job and I’m baking up a storm in my pajamas until I find some other way to be productive. Sigh. Good luck with regaining power and thanks for sharing another treat with us!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
Guest

wow how you are dealing with such spirit amazes me, this bark would be gone within the day!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Guest

Hurricane Sandy completely killed my diet and if I still didn’t have electricity I’d punch anyone who offered me a vegetable.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
Guest

I love cranberry bliss bars, this is a genius idea! YUM. I sure hope your power comes on soon!

VickiB
Guest

This looks scrumptious! Who do I want to be stranded with on a desert isle – why you. We’d never starve and would always have a lot of fun. Hope your troubles soon begin to turn right side up.

Averie @ Averie Cooks
Guest

I posted cranberry bliss bars last week! I LOVE The Bliss Bars! White choc + cranberry is my thing! And this bark is my thing, too! Still can’t believe you’re doing this all without power!

Nicole Van Markwyk
Guest

Now I know what people are getting as Christmas gifts!!!

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
Guest

my mouth is watering! can i have one please?

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes
Guest

Love this! So perfect for the season! And gifting! If only I can keep from eating it all myself….

Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
Guest

Hang in there! Hopefully you will get power REAL SOON! I had to deal with the same thing with Hurricane Ike in Houston and the most frustrating thing is seeing people across the street with electricity but your home has nothing!

jennie
Guest

i too am on day 9 of Hurricane Sandy power outage. And like you, have been eating my way through the storm. this looks yummy and hope to make some when i have power again on the LI Northshore……………..hang in there.

Megan
Guest

These look delicious! I sure hope that you get power back soon. I would be eating and doing the same thing that you doing if it was me. Megan

Danielle
Guest

This is kind of beautiful.

Your husband and the MRE’s made me laugh. I fed a group of kids the spaghetti MRE at a program last week and most of them said it was better than mom’s! (I thought it looked repulsive.) You KNOW all those kids didn’t get dessert. Not that they deserved it….

Carrie
Guest

what a great neighbor you have! I’m sure there will be (if there isn’t already) some kind of bartering of treats going on in your future.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Guest

Can’t believe you are still without power, I hope you get it back soon! I think all rules go out the window with the hurricane, I am pretty sure if I was affected, I would gain at least 10 pounds.

Carlas Confections
Guest

These look like a lot of fun to make! Im sorry you had to use your neighbors oven, but at least it made you be neighborly 😉 Im glad you made these. They look great! I sure hope your power comes back soon!

Lori
Guest

I cant imagine 9 days…we were out for 7 days during an ice storm and it was awful! Thanks for still making laugh through your tough time:) Hang in there!! Hope your electricity comes back soon! Cant wait to try this! Looks delish!!

Cookbook Queen
Guest

If I was there, I would never hamper your desire to eat copious amounts of pop tarts. Because I am a good friend.

And also, I would be trying to make you fatter than me so I would feel good about myself.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
Guest

I love you for mentioning Doomsday Preppers, but I hope that doesn’t mean you’re going to start eating your pets and drinking your pee. Because that would be gross. And wrong. So I think sticking to Halloween candy and cranberry bark is a good idea!

Joanne
Guest

Well my hurricane survival plan for the future involves drinking sweetened condensed milk. So…we’re on the same page.

Bark is the perfect snack for stress-eating, I’m convinced!

Marian A
Guest

OMG…atleast you can laugh in the face of disaster! I was laughing and sharing your blog with my husband. I hope your power is fixed very soon!! This recipe looks divine…and I look forward to making it.

Rocio
Guest

So sorry to hear about your situation because of th storm. I live in an area hited several times by hurricanes, and we use to prepare with water to drink and cleaning, and food to survive for at least 7 days without electricity. We have a gas stove. Hope you return to your normal life soon. Thanks God for been alive, healthy and have something to eat and a home to stay. God Bless You

Meatloaf
Guest

Delicious food blog! I’ve found lots of yummy recipes here..feeling quite hungry now 🙂

Nikki Spencer
Guest

this post made me laugh out loud! I feel like I could have written it myself! I am very sorry Sandy has done such a number on you guys but you put a smile on my face this morning!!! THANKS

Pam R
Guest

I understand things are still pretty bad over in your neck of the woods. We’re in Wantage and fortunately (and surprisingly!!) got power back on Thursday. Which means I no longer had an excuse to subsist on homemade cookies, peanut M&Ms and Munchkins (because every Dunkin Donuts stores are always open no matter what!)

sally @ sallys baking addiction
Guest

i’m thinking of you shelly – during this long blackout you’ve been dealing with! this bark is simply beautiful – i love cranberries and white chocolate together. with all the layers – graham cracker – buttery toffee- white choc – craisins…. I feel like I would eat piece ofter piece of this bark. looks and sounds addicting!

Karen Omi
Guest
I had a good chuckle living here in 74 degrees , 2 weeks before Thanksgiving Denver, CO. I so could identify with you. I too, would karate chop anyone that question my sanity during my hurricane state of mind. I had my husband (now retired Air Force colonel-HE, who keeps MRE’s to go fly fishing with) ) read the post. I so agreed with you and the MRE’s He in turn told me that your husband was smart and just wait till a hurricane comes our way….!!!! HA! you hang on there. If I could do any thing to help… Read more »
luv what you do
Guest

I don’t see any reason to stop eating something that looks so good. I am adding this to my Holiday baking lsit for sure adn I eve have some graham crackers in the house right now!

Tracy
Guest

I’m so sorry you’re still without power, UGH. I’m glad you’re able to use your neighbor’s oven, though! This bark looks delicious, and I totally think it’s okay to eat the whole pan…if I was in your situation, that’s what I’d be doing!

Jamie | My Baking Addiction
Guest

Ugh – still no power! I think I would be certifiably insane by now. This bark definitely looks looks blissful – I’d totally eat the whole pan with or without power.

Dawn
Guest

I wonder if I could use cream cheese frosting instead of white chocolate? Seems like theirs has a thicker frosting? Any thoughts?

tmlbean
Guest

I made this yesterday, but it didn’t seem to layer like yours did. I ended up scraping off the bottom a layer of butter/sugar/milk. Any suggestions? Should I have used less of the mixture?

tmlbean
Guest

No, it didn’t burn, it was just really thick. The mixture didn’t even harden in the fridge after 3 hours. Even though I scraped off the bottom, it was still perfectly sweet. I am going to make it again for a party next weekend… maybe I did something wrong the first time. Thanks for the reply!

Lori
Guest

can you make this with caramels instead of making your own? i have some i need to get rid of. if so how many do you think i would use? thanks!

Nicole
Guest

I tried to make this for christmas gifts and followed the recipe exactly but when I went to cut it after an entire day of sitting in the fridge cooling the whole bottom mixture was complete goo and didn’t harden at all! I had to throw most of it away because it wasn’t servable even though it tasted delicious!! any suggestions or tricks to how yours stays solid and servable?

car insurance
Guest

Nice work. TY for making this.

wpDiscuz