This Christmas Chocolate Bark is so easy to make and full of festive toppings. A simple homemade Christmas gift that kids will love to help with. Chocolate bark takes just 5 minutes to make, and there are so many different ways to adapt it.
About this Christmas chocolate bark
This Christmas chocolate bark recipe couldn't be easier to make. Once you have your slabs of chocolate, you just need to pick your favourite festive toppings and go wild.
Sprinkles, extra chocolate, some pretzels - almost anything goes. This is a great way to use up a few bits of chocolate and toppings left over from other Christmas recipes.
A big batch of this is a must for your next Christmas movie night, but it also makes a simple, yet impressive, homemade Christmas gift.
Break it up and put into a cellophane bag with some ribbon and add to a food hamper. It's cheap to make and you can customise it to suit different tastes.
Looking for some other festive treats? Why not try our fun Christmas Tree Cake, simple Mincemeat Pinwheels, impressive Hot Chocolate Station, easy Chocolate Covered Oranges or our delicious Christmas Snack Mix.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Chocolate - You need some bars of chocolate to melt for the base of this Christmas chocolate bark. We used milk chocolate, but dark or white work too. You could even use a mixture of the three. We added some white chocolate button to ours to add a swirl.
- Toppings - Here is where you can go wild. You want plenty of colour and crunch and try to make it as festive as possible.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Christmas chocolate bark - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 135°C/115°C(fan)/275°F/Gas 1.
One: Lay your chocolate bars on a lined baking sheet next to each other. Top with the white buttons. Put into the oven for 5 minutes.
Two: Once softened, use a cocktail stick to swirl the white chocolate into the milk chocolate.
Three: Decorate with the pretzels, stars, smarties and sprinkles.
Four: Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then cut into shards.
Chocolate - The first way you can mix this up is with the chocolate you use for the base. Milk, dark or white work, or even a mixture of all three and you can swirl it around.
You could also use a flavoured chocolate like chocolate orange or mint chocolate. Bars of fruit and nut are also good for adding lots of texture.
Candy canes - To make this chocolate bark super festive, candy canes are the way to go. Most supermarkets do mini ones, or you can crush up larger ones and sprinkle it over.
More chocolate - The more chocolate the better, right? Chocolate stars make it look festive, and Smarties add lots of colour. But, if you can get hold of them, then Christmas M&Ms are the perfect addition with the pops of green and red.
Sprinkles - This is what makes it look really festive in our opinion. We used a Christmas sprinkle mix that had little snowflakes and white candy canes in it. But anything goes here.
Crunch - We added some Christmas shaped pretzels. Not only does it add a nice balance of sweet and salty for the Christmas chocolate bark, but it adds a nice added texture. You could use crushed Oreos or nuts/seeds for crunch too.
Store: You can store this chocolate bark in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Gift: ;Christmas chocolate bark makes such a simple, but impressive homemade Christmas gift. Adapt it to suit the person you are gifting it to with their favourite toppings or colours. You can then break it up, add to cellophane gift bags and then tie it up with some festive ribbon and a nice little label.
Frequently Asked Questions
We melted the chocolate in the oven as it's an easy way to do it on low, and it looked good for the video too. However, you can melt it in the microwave too. Make sure to do it on 50% power and do it for 30 seconds at a time so the chocolate doesn't seize.
Yes, if you want to make this vegan, you can use your favourite bars of vegan chocolate and just make sure the toppings are vegan too.
Yes, you can wrap up the bark and put in a freezer container and it will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Christmas Chocolate Bark
- 400 g (14 oz) Chocolate - milk
- 70 g (0.33 cups) Chocolate buttons - white
- 8 Pretzels
- 15 g (0.33 cups) Milky Way Stars
- 15 g (0.33 cups) Smarties
- 50 g (0.33 cups) Sprinkles
- Preheat your oven to 135°C/115°C(fan)/275°F/Gas 1.
- Lay y400 g Chocolate on a lined baking sheet next to each other. Top with the 70 g Chocolate buttons. Put into the oven for 5 minutes.
- Once softened, use a cocktail stick to swirl the white chocolate into the milk chocolate.
- Decorate with 8 Pretzels, 15 g Milky Way Stars, 15 g Smarties and 50 g Sprinkles.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then cut into shards.
- When melting the chocolate, keep a close eye on it. You want it to be soft, but not runny.
- The nutritional information will vary, depending on what chocolate and toppings you use.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.