Christmas Chocolate Bark Six Ways

Dec 5

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

This fall I was reminded how easy it is to make chocolate bark when I made a bunch of Halloween candy bark, which inspired me to create a whole bunch of Christmas chocolate bark recipes for you! Our kids are crazy for chocolate bark and, since I’ve been keeping them in ample supply, so are all of our neighbors. It’s fun because it’s really easy to make, especially with kids. I am showing you six ways to make bark here to help inspire you to dream up the flavor combinations you’ll love best. Chocolate bark makes a really sweet homemade gift, especially when it’s packaged in a cute little box with tissue paper, tied up with a bit of baker’s twine.

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Below you’ll find my basic easy chocolate bark recipe. Use it as the basis for all of your bark creations! Below you’ll also find my notes on what I used to create all six chocolate bark recipes you see here. Once you have the basic bark recipe down, you can riff on it with whatever ingredient combinations speak to you. Fair warning though! This stuff is addicting.

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

S’mores Chocolate Bark

  • 20 oz (or roughly 4 cups) milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup graham crackers, broken into small pieces

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

  • 20 oz (or roughly 4 cups) dark chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups crushed/broken candy canes or peppermint candies

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Fruitcake Chocolate Bark

  • 20 oz (or roughly 4 cups) milk chocolate morsels
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup golden raisins

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Almond Coconut Chocolate Bark

  • 20 oz (or roughly 4 cups) milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Pistachio Cranberry Bark

 

  • 20 oz (or roughly 4 cups) dark chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup halved pistachios
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Peanut Butterscotch Bark

 

  • 20 oz (or roughly 4 cups) milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

To package up my chocolate bark to give as gifts, I used super cute bakery boxes from Shop Sweet Lulu and some pretty tissue paper I had on hand. The tags are part of the printable gift tag bundle that Erika Firm designed exclusively for The Sweetest Occasion readers, which you can download here! Then just add a bit of baker’s twine and you have a really thoughtful gift that your friends and family will love!

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

6 Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipes | Homemade Christmas gifts, Christmas recipes and more from @cydconverse

Easy Chocolate Bark Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 20 oz (or roughly 4 cups) of chocolate morsels or chopped chocolate
  • 2 cups (approximate) various toppings (nuts, candy, dried fruit, marshmallows, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Begin by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Then, carefully melt chocolate over a double boiler, mixing often with a rubber spatula until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Alternately, you can microwave in a heat seat bowl, microwaving in 15 – 20 second intervals and stirring in between to ensure even heating.
  4. Once fully melted, carefully pour melted chocolate onto the center of your baking sheet, then use a rubber spatula to gently smooth out until approximately 1/4” thick.
  5. Recruit the kids to help you sprinkle your toppings such as nuts or pretzels across the surface of the melted chocolate.
  6. Transfer the baking sheet to the fridge and chill for at least one hour or, ideally, overnight.
  7. Remove from the fridge and use the back of a spoon or similar to smash the bark into pieces.
  8. Alternately you could use a knife to cut into rectangles.

[Art direction by Cyd Converse | Printables by Erika Firm | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]