Marbleized Chocolate Bark

A recipe for a gorgeous swirled chocolate bark candy

Marbleized Chocolate Bark — it’s kind of like finger painting in the kitchen, but you get something delicious to eat when it’s all done!

A pretty Marbleized Chocolate Bark

I think I may have to make about a dozen batches of this bark just to see how many pretty patterns I can come up with, so don’t be surprised to see a few more versions of it here before the year’s out.  If you’re a regular visitor to TVFGI you probably already know that I’m a very visual person.  Color gets my pulse racing and gives me a lot of pleasure — it runs in the family, one of my sisters is an artist and she teaches color theory.  (We spent lots of time together sprawled out on the living room floor with our Crayolas.)  It’s only natural that I love bright, vivid food, and while that’s usually in the form of fruits and veggies, occasionally a dessert like this Marbled Chocolate Bark comes along.

Marbleized Chocolate Bark --- a recipe for the prettiest dessert ever!

This is made like all other barks, by melting chocolate and pouring it out onto a surface to cool, and then cutting it apart.  To do the marbleized thing I dropped different colors on top of the base layer, and then swirled it all together with my trusty chopstick.  You can’t really go wrong here, whatever colors you choose and how you do the swirling will result in a unique expression of you and your color sense.  Every piece will be different.

A recipe for a gorgeous swirled chocolate bark candy

The rainbow colors in this bark are created with candy melts, which are little disks of vanilla flavored  confectionery.  I use them because they’re convenient — they’re already colored, and melt easily.   You can find candy melts at any large craft store like Michaels.  Amazon has them too, and if you have Amazon prime you could be making this this weekend!

Marbleized Bark

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce bag of white chocolate chips, I use Nestle
  • 1/4 cup assorted colors of candy melt wafers, I used Wilton (link in the notes below)
  • coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Put the white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Put each color of candy melt into a separate little cup or baggie. I added a small dab (about 1/4 tsp) of coconut oil to each color which helps make it more fluid for swirling.
  3. The goal here is to melt everything so it is all smooth and molten at the same time. I first microwave the white chocolate for a minute, then set aside. I put the colored chocolate in for about 30 seconds each and stir or squeeze the baggies to melt completely. Put back anything that hasn't completely melted into the microwave for a few seconds at a time. Don't overheat or the chocolate can seize up.
  4. When everything is melted and smooth, pour the white chocolate out onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and spread it out to a rectangle about the size of a piece of paper, or a little larger.
  5. Drop, drizzle, or squirt the colored chocolate on top of the white. If you are using baggies you will need to snip a small hole in the corner of each. Add as much or as little as you like, the effects will vary. I dropped some in dots, and drizzled others.
  6. Take a chopstick or other similar implement and pull it through the surface of the bark, swirling all over. Don't forget to get all the edges. You can swirl a lot or a little.
  7. Put the whole tray into the fridge to firm up.
  8. When the chocolate is completely hardened, (give it an hour and then check,) cut it into pieces with a heavy knife.
  9. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
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notes:

  • I usually use Nestle white chips when I need to melt white chocolate, I think the flavor is pleasing and they melt the easiest of any brand for me.  You can use a good quality white chocolate for this as well, just be very careful when you melt it so it doesn’t seize up.
  • The Candy Melts can be found at craft stores, or online, here.
  • If you want the surface of the bark to be completely smooth, you can warm the pan in a low oven (250F) for a few minutes after you have marbleized the chocolate.  This will soften everything and help flatten the surface.
  • You will see when you start to swirl the chocolate layers that the colors hold true even after multiple swirls.  Just be careful not to swirl too much because it could get ‘muddy’.

Marbleized Chocolate Bark is stunning!

It’s a proven scientific fact that our eyes ‘taste’ our food before it even hits our mouths.  The color of food can heighten the pleasure we take in it and that’s certainly the case here :)

Beautiful Marbleized Chocolate Bark --- the perfect springtime treat for Easter, Mother's Day, showers, and weddings

This pretty bark would be great for Easter, Mother’s Day, showers, or weddings.  I broke mine into messy shards, but you can cut it into neater shapes if you like.  It’s a fun spring holiday project for kids, just be sure to supervise them around the hot chocolate.

Marbleized Chocolate Bark is a fun Easter or Mother's Day project

 

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Marbleized Chocolate Bark is the perfect springtime occasion treat --- make it for Easter, Mother's Day, Weddings, and showers.

 

46 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbara
    September 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Sue, this is gorgeous! Will use this idea for neighbor Christmas gifts this year. Can hardly wait to play with colors/patterns! Thank you!

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      Sue
      September 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      have fun Barbara!

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    Hinh Anh Dep
    February 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    This project makes me happy. Nice work and lovely photos!

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    Cj
    March 6, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Hey, do you think the colour swirls would still come through if I made dark chocolate bark?

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 6, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Good question, Cj. It’s possible, especially if you don’t ‘swirl’ too much, and maybe use lighter pastel colors? Let me know if you try ~

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    Kate
    February 29, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I’m such a color person too! This is almost too gorgeous to eat, looks like a painting. Brilliant!

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    Tonnae
    February 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Truly eye candy!! ;-)

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    Susan
    February 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    What a beautiful idea, Sue, and one I can’t wait to try myself!

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    grace
    February 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

    you’ve done it again, sue! this is absolutely beautiful, as i do love rainbows, wherever they may turn up!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 22, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Well, how totally gorgeous is this Sue?? Love it! What a fun treat for kids to make too! My nieces and nephews are going to love this one!

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    Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    February 22, 2016 at 12:43 am

    this looks amazing and I love the colours and texture! So going to have to try this :)

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    Adri
    February 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my goodness! Jackson Pollack Art Bark! I love this!

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    Charlotte @ whatcharlottebaked
    February 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    This is so pretty! I bet this was really fun to make, and not too difficult. So perfect really.

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    Bita Arabian
    February 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Sue, all I can say is wow. Seriously wow. I used to be a kids art teacher. This dessert moves me! I would love to make this with our girls. Thanks so much for your fantastic creations. What an artist u are! ??

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 21, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Awww, thank Bita — I’m not sure about the artist part, but the colors of this dessert move me as well, i know your girls will have a blast doing this.

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    2 sisters recipes
    February 20, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Wow Sue – my daughters would love to make this bark- it’s truly a work of art!

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      Sue
      February 21, 2016 at 8:08 am

      My daughters are all grown and THEY would love doing it too :)

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    Liz
    February 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    What gorgeous bark! You can change the colors depending on the nearest holiday! This rainbow version is perfect for all the leprechauns searching for a pot of gold :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 20, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Haha, so true — wouldn’t this be pretty in all shades of green?

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    Amy
    February 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Wow Sue, that is food art at its finest!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 20, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      Well, Spin Art, anyway :)

  • Reply
    Monique
    February 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    You are such an artist Sue!

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    February 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    It’s a color explosion, I love it.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Remember spin art?

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    Deanna Lange
    February 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Hello. Love this idea. Does any oil work…almond? I am tired of everything tasting like coconut. Have a nice warm day. Deanna

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Any oil works, it’s a VERY small amount, though, don’t over do it or the colors won’t harden.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Wow so pretty! This is so adaptable for any occasion, shower, gift, party or just because. I love your color choices!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 20, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Tricia, for this one I just used the colors they had at Michaels, but for my next one I’m going to get creative ;)

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    February 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Oh my God, Sue, this is just so totally beautiful! Love those bright colors! Pinning!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    So pretty, Sue! I love those colorful swirls!

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    cheri
    February 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    HI Sue, love this, so pretty. This would be a fun thing to make when my daughter visits. Have a great week-end!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      I think you can get lots of use out of this idea, Cheri, have fun with your daughter!

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    Vicki Bensinger
    February 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    This is so much fun Sue. It will definitely bring out the artist in you. I think this is brilliant and can’t wait to play with some myself. I have some leftover dried candy melts in jars. Was trying to figure out what to do with today. Now I know. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Vicki — I’ve never used candy melts before, I bought them for this bark. I think next time I’ll experiment with mixing the colors.

  • Reply
    Adina
    February 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Oh my God, this is so beautiful!!! I love it, I have to get the melts to make this with my daughter.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      It would be fun to do with a group, everybody could get their own slab of chocolate and share the colors!

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    La Torontoise
    February 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Wow, Sue, an exuberance of colors!!! Remarkable! Must do this for my little son:-)

    Wish you a great weekend!
    Greetings from Holland

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    Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    February 19, 2016 at 10:15 am

    This looks like a ton of fun! I needed something cheery today and this is it!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Haha — glad I could cheer you up Abbe <3

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    February 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Such a fun and stunning chocolate bark!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Angie.

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    Summer
    February 19, 2016 at 8:27 am

    This is awesome! Looks so tempting and pretty ?

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    DWT
    February 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Could I do this with food coloring?

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      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 8:28 am

      No DWT, that won’t work. You need to either use the candy melts, or color your own chocolate with food coloring. If you want to do that you would need gel food coloring, not the liquid stuff.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 19, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Stunning! I would be making bunches of batches, too :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 19, 2016 at 7:25 am

      I want to do a paler version, and make the swirls a little more refined, it’s fun :)

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