Rum-Spiced Pecan Chocolate Bark

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Rum Spiced Pecan Chocolate Bark Recipe

I’ve got a spinoff recipe from my recent rum-spiced pecan butter and chocolate cookies today and it’s beautifully easy. You start by making a batch of rum-spiced pecans by cooking the chopped nuts in a rum/sugar/butter/cinnamon/cardamom mix and then let them air dry. After that all you have to do is mix them with coconut oil and bittersweet chocolate, spread the mix on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and let it harden in the fridge. Makes a terrific snack along with a glass of milk! :)


Food Photography and Styling: To me, the edges of the chocolate shards are the most interesting feature of this bark so I wanted to be sure to show them nicely by lighting them dramatically from the side. The bark is sitting on a metal candle plate that I got from the World Market a few years back. I love that plate as a prop because it’s not very reflective and also the perfect size for food photos. I didn’t think the photo needed any additional props because the tower of bark looked quite interesting all by itself. As usual, I used my strobe to light the set and blocked parts of the light for a dark and dramatic look.

Camera Settings: Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.


Rum-Spiced Pecan Chocolate Bark Recipe

serves 6


For the rum-spiced pecans:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped

For the chocolate bark:

  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped*
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup rum-spiced pecans



For the rum-spiced pecans:

  1. Mix granulated sugar, cinnamon and cardamom together in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  3. Add rum, brown sugar and butter to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the pecans, then turn the heat off.
  5. Stir the pecans with a rubber spatula until they are evenly coated and all the liquid has been soaked up by the nuts.
  6. Sprinkle the spice mix over the nuts and stir them around.
  7. Distribute the nuts onto the parchment or wax paper and separate them using a fork.
  8. Let the nuts sit to dry for 3 hours.

For the chocolate bark:

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. Add chocolate, coconut oil and rum-spiced pecans to a glass bowl and set over a pot of simmering water.
  3. Once the chocolate starts to melt, stir occasionally until you have a homogeneous mixture.
  4. Pour the chocolate mix onto the aluminum foil and spread into an even layer using a rubber spatula.
  5. Transfer the sheet to the fridge.
  6. Once the bark has hardened completely break it into pieces and serve.



*Don’t use chocolate morsels; morsels have stabilizers in them that actually prevent them from melting.


  1. Jay @ IndustryEats says:

    Hi Nicole,

    Great post. Great shot. Great everything. I always know I’m going to find something good when I visit your site. I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the fact that you include the technical details with your posts. They are truly helpful. Especially the lighting details, as that seems to be the trickiest area. How do you feel about the “Lowel EGO” as a tabletop solution?


    Jay G.

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Jay! I’m so glad you find my notes helpful. I would classify the Lowel EGO as a decent solution for blog food photography. I bought one about a year ago for my eBook and I was actually surprised at how well it worked for my “bright food, dark shadows” type of shots. :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Well, my first choice would always be a strobe, preferably with a softbox, but that would be a significant expense and if a strobe is not an option I would recommend the Lowel Ego light, it’s a decent solution, especially for the darker shots. You can do bright shots with the Lowel Ego too although in the absence of a strobe my recommended lighting solution for bright food photos would actually be natural light. :)

  2. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    I love the dark photo to match the dark chocolate. Yum!! If I had some ninja clothes I could sneak in, grab a piece and run!! I’m sure you had some extras around and while you’re concentrating on the shot I could snatch it and run :-) !! Great recipe and photo!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Haha, chocolate is a great attention-getter, isn’t it? It always works on me too. :) Thank you so much for your kind words, Bobbi. And my strobe is AC.

  3. Wendi Spraker says:

    I cruised on over here to look at your latest photos and I am finding myself wanting to go raid my own chocolate stash in order to stave off my new cravings! This is a lovely photo and also a terrific recipe. Definitely on my “must try”‘ list. Thanks!!

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