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Festive Holiday Fruitcake Bark

Every year I make brandy-soaked dried fruit for fruitcake, but I always make too much. When I tried turning the extras into candy, the result was a sweet and colorful bark for grown-ups. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2 pounds


  • 2/3 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted, divided
  • 20 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 10 shortbread cookies, coarsely chopped


  • In a small bowl, combine candied fruit and brandy. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper. Reserve 2 tablespoons candied fruit and 2 tablespoons walnuts for topping. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Stir in marshmallows, cookie pieces and remaining fruit and walnuts.
  • Spread into prepared pan (pan will not be full). Sprinkle with reserved fruit and walnuts; press into candy coating. Let stand until set. Break or cut bark into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce: 148 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 22mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Chargett
    Oct 27, 2017

    I don't see how chocolate could set up with liquor oozing out of the fruit.