cashew mango coconut barkDo you want a piece of chocolate that tastes like the islands? I think mango and coconut are two of the best things ever, and they both remind me of hot summer days in the Philippines. I have a super easy recipe for chocolate bark topped with tropical flavors: dried mangoes, roasted coconut chips, and crunchy roasted cashews.

I love making chocolate bark (may I interest you in Easter Candy Chocolate Bark, Double Chocolate Crunch Bark, and Thin Mints Chocolate Bark?) Bark is perfect for serving at parties, for food gifts (I like making little goody bags or placing them inside mason jars), and as a last minute dessert.

The best part is that it’s a no bake treat, so all I really need to think about is what flavor combination I would like, and not have to worry about turning on the oven and burning my hand again (it only happened once but I think about it every time I open the oven doors which, as you might guess, is very often).

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