Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways!

Easy How To instructions for making swirled chocolate bark

Chocolate Bark ~ 15 Ways ~ chocolate bark is the easiest of all homemade candies and probably my favorite. It can be done in a thousand and one ways, here are the 15 best!

If you don’t know, chocolate bark is essentially a slab of chocolate that is embellished (or not) in any number of ways, and then broken or cut into pieces. Ostensibly it resembles the tree bark, but I’ve never seen a tree that looks nearly this temptingly delicious. It’s one of the easiest home candy making projects there is, all you need is some chocolate (even chocolate chips will do) and a method for melting it, i.e. a double boiler or microwave.

white bark candy with knife.

Tips for making chocolate bark

  • Making chocolate bark is all about melting the chocolate. Whether you use white, caramelized, milk, or dark chocolate, the key is getting it melted without scorching or seizing it. Gentle heat free from any moisture will do the trick. I like to do it in the microwave, traditionalists will do it in a double boiler. Whichever way you choose, go low and slow. See my Tips and Tricks for Melting Chocolate for more details on this.
  • Have a baking sheet lined with either a silicone mat or parchment paper all ready to go so once you’ve melted your chocolate you can pour and spread it out. Don’t rush, you’ve got plenty of wiggle room here, since melted chocolate will stay liquid for quite a while.
  • When you add your topping such as nuts, peppermint, sprinkles, or whatever, make sure you give it a gentle press into the chocolate. You want it to stay on once the chocolate hardens.
  • Given time, chocolate will harden at room temperature, but if you want to speed up the process you can put your whole tray in the refrigerator.
  • If you want to cut your bark in neat squares, don’t put it in the refrigerator, let it harden at room temperature.

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    Julie Pelletier
    June 7, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Hi once again Sue,
    After reading through this latest edition of your blog, I just had to Shout Out that you are truly unique in the most wonderful, inspiring, positive and timely ways on all of the Web. I’ve recently unsubscribed from another food blog that had gone stale because yours is so rich in fabulous recipes and background info on cultures, traditions and origins of so many. And your photography and videos are beautiful!
    God bless you always, Sue… stay healthy and safe!
    Julie Pelletier in the Berkshires of Massachusetts

  • Reply
    January 6, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Pinned and ready to go! Love them – especially the swirly ones. Great shots. Thanks for creating. Happy Chocolate Bark New Year to all!

  • Reply
    December 20, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I keep my house very cool in the winter so a good tip to keep the chocolate from not getting too firm before you have all your toppings on is heat your baking sheet up in the oven for a couple of minutes before you start.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    December 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I love chocolate bark, what a delicious round up!

  • Reply
    December 10, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I truly appreciate your works and wish you and your loved ones a very Marry Christmas and many more masterpieces to come in 2019. !

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    2 sisters recipes
    December 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

    You are the Queen of barks Sue! Gorgeous-all of them!

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