Super easy to rustle up, Christmas chocolate bark is a scrumptious sweet gift for anyone – from family members (yes, that aunt you forgot last year), to friends and neighbours. And hand to heart, I also LOVE this chocolate for festive mid-meal snacking and to serve at holiday parties. While I used white chocolate for my bark, you can choose any chocolate of your liking. I recommend couverture, a high-quality chocolate, which has a finer texture and contains a higher content of cocoa butter. These two characteristics create a richer chocolate flavour in my opinion. When it comes to decorating, use ingredients according to your taste and what’s available in your kitchen cupboard. I cut out small stars of crystallised ginger to decorate my holiday bark. I also added crushed candied nuts and festive sprinkles for good measure. Making candy bark is a lot of fun and a great holiday recipe to do with kids. So fold up your sleeves and get ready for a quick homemade chocolate treat.
Package and gift Christmas chocolate bark
I usually double or triple the recipe so I have more to give away. Thankfully, this homemade Christmas chocolate bark is totally doable in under one hour so that you can whip up a batch even last-minute. Package the chocolate bark in cellophane treat bags or mason jars and decorate with a pretty bow and a gift tag.
Christmas Chocolate Bark
Prep Time: 20 min
Chilling Time: 30 min
Yields: 300 g (10.5 oz) chocolate bark
You can easily customise the Christmas chocolate bark by swapping the white chocolate with the same amount of plain (semi-sweet) chocolate. Use 1/4 – 1/2 tsp orange, eggnog, or praline candy oil to further spruce up the candy bark.
- 225 g (8 oz) white chocolate, chopped
- 55 g (2 oz) yellow candy melts
- crystallised (candied) ginger slices
- candied nuts, crushed
- red sugar pearls
- sugar sprinkles
- orange confetti sprinkles
1) Prep work
Line a tray with clingfilm (Saran/plastic wrap) or baking (parchment) paper. Set aside.
2) Melt the chocolates
Place the white chocolate and yellow candy melts into separate microwave-safe bowls. Melt each in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Stir in between each interval until the chocolate/melts have completely melted.
3) Pour the white chocolate
Pour the melted white chocolate on the lined tray. Level the chocolate using an offset spatula. Be careful not to spread out the chocolate to thinly, a thickness of approximately 3 mm (1/8 in) is perfect. Gently tab the tray against the work surface to ensure the chocolate is evenly thick.
4) Decorate the chocolate bark
Transfer the melted candy melts into a disposable piping (pastry) bag and snip off the tip. Pipe a few lines across the white chocolate. Using a cocktail stick (toothpick) or skewer, draw through the yellow lines to create a marbled pattern.
5) Add sprinkles
Decorate the chocolate with candied nuts, sugar pearls, and confetti sprinkles or any other sprinkles you have at hand.
6) Chill and serve the Christmas bark
Leave the chocolate bark in the fridge to set. Then break up to serve and gift.
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