Two Layers of Chocolate, Candy and Peppermint!? Yes, this Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipe has it all! This easy dessert makes the perfect edible gift, or no-bake treat for the holiday season!
Welcome to another addition of: I Love Sweets During the Holidays, Here is Some Chocolate. Okay, I promise there will be other recipes besides sweets, but this is all I want to make and share right now. This Christmas Chocolate Bark recipe is so simple, tasty and makes a great last minute gift for friends and family. This recipe is also easy to customize. Feel free to go nuts with the toppings and flavors! ‘Tis The Season after all!
What Do You Need To Make Chocolate Bark?
This Christmas Chocolate Bark recipe requires only one real ingredient: chocolate, and lots of it. The base is composed of two types of chocolate and then topped with a bunch of different kinds of treats. You can top it with whatever you like, go crazy! There really is no limits (okay, maybe nothing weird like pepperoni) to what you can top the bark with. Some of my favorites outside of this recipe are crushed Oreo’s, Peppermint Patty’s, caramel, Ginger Snaps, Hershey’s Kisses, dried fruit, nuts, and pretzels. Can you tell this is one of my favorites around the holidays?!
If you want to follow exactly what I did for this chocolate bark recipe then you will need:
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate
- White Chocolate
- Food Coloring
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Crushed Peppermint
The kitchen tools you will need for this holiday chocolate bark recipe are:
- A Cookie Sheet
- PARCHMENT PAPER (You need this. Don’t skip it)
- An Icing Spatula or Butter Knife
How Do You Make Chocolate Bark?
This is the easiest holiday treat you can make, IMO. All you are doing is melting chocolate, letting it set, topping it with treats, then eating it. Super duper simple. The setting part does take some time though. So while this is a very simple chocolate bark recipe it does require you to wait about 2 hours while it gets all hard and bark-like. Therefore, make sure you have room in you fridge because this tray of goodness will need to hang out it in for awhile.
Holiday Chocolate Bark Layer One
- First, you will need to make layer one. Before you do anything lay your parchment paper on your cookie sheet. I like to leave it spilling over the edge so that I can easily remove the chocolate bark once it has set. If you do not use parchment paper the chocolate will stick to the pan and it’s going to be a real fun time getting it out. Trust me, I have been there and you really don’t want to skip this step.
- Next, melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave or stove-top until smooth. Pour the chocolate onto the cookie sheet and smooth it out with the back of a spoon, butter knife, or icing spatula. Once you have it smooth and even, pop it in the fridge and come back in an hour.
Christmas Chocolate Bark Layer Two
- Next, you will need to make the second layer of Christmas Chocolate Bark. Once the first layer of chocolate is solid remove it from the fridge. Melt the white chocolate and pour it over top of the semi-sweet chocolate layer. Smooth the chocolate out just like the first layer until you have an even layer.
- Now it is time for the fun part! The toppings! Take your red and green food coloring and drops about 7-10 drops of each randomly all over the top. Use the tip of your knife or spatula to swirl the colors around and together. Don’t over swirl or you will have mud colored Christmas chocolate bark. Finally, top with M&M’s, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and crushed peppermint or your toppings of choice. I just sprinkled mine all over randomly.
- Finally, place the cookie sheet back into the fridge for another hour or until the bark is completely solid. Once solid you can remove the chocolate bark from the cookie sheet and slice it into pieces.
How to Store Chocolate Bark
I love chocolate bark for many reasons: it tastes amazing, simple to make, AND it keeps forever. Stored in an airtight container in the fridge the homemade chocolate bark recipe will stay good for 2-3 weeks! That is basically all of February. If you decide to leave the chocolate bark out at room temperature it will last for about 5 days. Therefore, I definitely recommend storing it in the fridge to extend the bark’s shelf life.
How to Freeze this Chocolate Bark Recipe
Freezing lefover Christmas Chocolate bark is super simple and in an airtight container for up to 6 months! To freeze this chocolate bark recipe, cut the bark in pieces and wrap each piece in cling wrap or parchment paper. Next, add the bark to a large freezer bag and store in the freezer. De-thaw the Christmas chocolate bark in the fridge or enjoy frozen. Happy Christmas everyone and may everyone have sweets all year round!
What Can I use for chocolate bark toppings?
You can use whatever you want for toppings or chocolate. Go wild and make this chocolate bark your own! For this chocolate bark recipe I used M&M’s, crushed peppermint, sprinkles, chocolate chips and some food coloring to really bump up the Christmas theme. You could use some or all of these for your chocolate bark or add some of your favorites! The toppings are a great way to customize this chocolate bark recipe for different holidays or themes as well.
Looking For More Holiday Treats?!
Looking for an easy holiday gift idea?
This year I will be making the majority of the gifts I will give for Christmas. This Christmas Chocolate Bark recipe is the perfect gift because this recipe makes a lot of bark. I can cut the pieces as big or as small as I want and I have plenty for everyone. This chocolate bark also lasts for awhile so I can make it ahead of time and not have to worry about doing last minute. Also, I can customize the flavor to each person and make it unique and special just for them. Plus, I know I love getting treats as a gift so I think everyone will love this.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Whether you are making this Christmas Chocolate Bark recipe for yourself or as a gift enjoy!
Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipe with Peppermint and Candy
- 12 Oz White Chocolate Melted
- 12 Oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Melted
- 1 Tsp Red and Green Food Coloring Each
- 1-2 Tbsp Sprinkles
- 1/4 Cup Crushed Peppermint
- 1/4 Cup M&M's
- 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
- Lay parchment paper down on a cookie sheet. Melt semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave until smooth. Spread melted semi-sweet chocolate in an even layer so it covers the majority of the sheet. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour remove the tray from the refrigerator, it should be solid. Melt white chocolate in the microwave and spread it on top of the semi-sweet chocolate in a even layer.
- Add drops of red and green food dye (about 7-10 of each) all over the white chocolate and use the tip of a butter knife to swirl them together. Top with M&M's, Sprinkles, Crushed Peppermint, and Chocolate Chips. Refrigerate for another hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and either cut or break the bark in chunks. I like to pull mine out of the cookie sheet first. Store in the refrigerator until time to serve or gift. Enjoy!
- Leftover Storage: Store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
- Freezer Option: Store in a freezer bag and enjoy bark for up to 6 months.
- Alternate Toppings: If you would rather use different topping than the ones I have suggested, go for it! Some great options include crushed Oreos, different colored food coloring, Reeses or any of your favorites!