When you think of different Christmas Bark recipes, your mind immediately gravitates to chocolate, nut and fruit variations, peppermint and anything somewhat related and in-between. Put your creative mind to work and think how you can combine any of these ingredients to make a yummy Christmas bark worthy of celebrating the holidays. There are many variations on all three that can make a tantalizing and tempting recipe that anyone can enjoy. Let’s start with chocolate and go from there.
Dark Chocolate Pecan Bark
We soon forget that just the name itself brings sweet and sumptuous memories to mind. We like to call it Christmas Crack and that’s because one unusual ingredient, saltine crackers, makes this recipe what it is. You would think that such dry and tasteless saltines make a bark? Well, in combination with dark chocolate, butter and sugar, they certainly do. It takes crackers to new heights with their crunchy goodness and believe it or not, addictive pleasure. The combination of ingredients has the makings of a disappearing bark or if you want to equate it with a brittle you can. Whatever your pleasure, don’t expect it to remain much past Christmas.Read More »
This is an uncomplicated and easy Christmas Bark with just a few ingredients that include finely chopped white chocolate, dark chocolate for layering and crushed candy canes embedded in the top layer. If you’re a peppermint aficionado, like I am, you’ll love the ease of the recipe and the last taste that cools your palate and eases your cravings for something sweet.
Almond and Cranberry Bark
If you like the taste of dark chocolate coupled with almonds and cranberries, you’ll love this uncomplicated recipe that’s sure to please those who love the tart taste of cranberries mixed with almonds and a high note of chocolate. The chocolate gives this recipe just the right consistency of pleasure with a healthy mixture of almonds and cranberries. What’s not to like?
A simple turtle bark recipe that’s softer than usual and easy to eat as the recipe takes a bit longer to harden but it’s worth any extra time especially when you’ve got roasted pecans and creamy caramel mixed in with melted chocolate chips that are all easily combined on your stovetop. The recipe calls for roasting the nuts, which gives the bark an unbelievable flavor. You can also top the bark with sea salt, which adds a spark of added taste that’s opposite of sweet.
If you like gingerbread and making gingerbread houses, you’ll love this bark adaptation of an old favorite. All you need is a box of gingersnap cookies, some vanilla flavored candy coating for melting, crystallized ginger, ginger spice drops and sprinkles. You could make this recipe with small children and create new gingerbread memories for them to share with others. This no-bake recipe is easy and fun with candy and sprinkles for decorating, which are a lot less time-consuming than with a gingerbread house, but you still get the ginger aroma and flavor.
Sweet and Salty Christmas Bark
The sweet and salty taste of this bark is a jam packed treat with layers of crushed potato chips, popcorn and pretzels along with miniature marshmallows, nuts, crushed peppermint candy and lots of sprinkles for topping. Wholesome goodness is all encased in a milk or dark chocolate base. You get lots of bark with this recipe and it takes around 8 minutes to make and another 15-20 minutes to set up in your refrigerator. What a fun and yummy recipe that has everything in it, plus it’s fun to eat and enjoy while watching your favorite Christmas movie.
Melting Snowman Bark
White chocolate highlights this bark and the thinner it’s spread, the more it will resemble a melting snowman. You can make this simple no bake treat in minutes with white chocolate chips, pretzel sticks, Reese mini cups, orange candy, some mini chocolate chips and red and green M&Ms. The trick is putting together all the ingredients for the bark quickly, as you don’t want it to harden. Just use a spatula to even out the bark. You’ll end up with a no-bake Christmas treat in minutes with white chocolate bark that’s broken in pieces and looks like a melting snowman.
Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bark Vegan Style
Using plant foods is simple with this vegan bark delight. Three ingredients complete this made for holiday recipe. You’ll need mixed nuts, preferably salted along with raisins and slabs of dark chocolate. The mix is too good for words. You have a salty taste with the nuts and sweetness from the chocolate and raisins. It takes a mere 15 minutes to prepare and you’re ready for a rich crunchy taste with this bark, and if you don’t like salted nuts, find some unsalted ones. You’ll still have the sweet taste in this vegan bark.
Oreo Peppermint Bark
Here’s another easy recipe that’s kid inspired. It contains just four ingredients with a few simple steps for the perfect Christmas treat. The Oreos mixed within the bark make for a rich cookie taste. All you’ll need is some candy canes, at least 4-5 cookies, milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips for the finishing touch. There’s no messing up this recipe and with a little adult supervision, kids can have fun making and eating this fun and easy goodie.
Christmas Chocolate Bark
Well, if you can melt chocolate, crush candy canes and mix the ingredients with Rice Krispies, you’re in for an easy and sweet treat. You’ll need both semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate for the bottom and top layers of this recipe, and red and green M&Ms for the finishing touches. The Rice Krispies add both crunch and texture to the chocolate. You can also add dried fruit and almonds for additional crunchiness and flavor. You can cut them in chunky squares and package them in cellophane bags for gifts only if they make it that far. Click here for the recipe.
These recipes are just samplings of the many Christmas bark ideas that you can put together over the holidays. Be innovative with different ingredients for any bark recipe, whether for Christmas or some other occasion. You’ll always appreciate the ease of preparation and the few ingredients necessary to make your favorite bark. You’ll also love the quick and easy, almost instant gratification in taste. Go ahead. Make some holiday memories with the ideas here or create your own Christmas barks. It’s a fun holiday cooking activity for the entire family.