A delicious holiday bark made with white chocolate, crushed candy canes and chocolate chips. Ready in minutes, and perfect for holiday entertaining, or to package up and give to teachers, friends, and neighbours for Christmas. What a great way to use up extra candy canes at Christmas!
Christmas baking does not get any easier than this! Last weekend I threw together this easy Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Bark. It’s delicious, and it took about 10 minutes to make.
Now, that’s REALLY good news if you’re like me, and you A) love having yummy sweets in the house to nibble on over the holidays, but B) don’t exactly love the Christmas baking scene.
Don’t get me wrong, I am enormously pleased when I have a variety of homemade baked goods to offer friends and neighbours at Christmas time, but I don’t really love the process of making the said baked goods if you know what I mean.
It’s always so complicated and messy. There are fails. There are spills, and there are a million dishes to wash afterwards. It’s usually an all-day process too (or more).
This bark though…
Oh my! I was THRILLED with how fast and easy it was to make! And it tastes SO good! The peppermint and chocolate combo is divine!
I came up with the idea for chocolate chip and candy cane bark when I was looking for my festive winter bark recipe. I made that on the weekend too. It’s super-easy as well. You’ll find the recipe for that bark here).
In my recipe book, underneath the winter bark, I’d written out a recipe for candy cane bark. I told my son that I was thinking of making it, and he said “Sounds good Mom, but you should add chocolate to it.”
Hmmm… not a bad idea.
And so I did. And here it is.
Quick. Easy. Awesome.
INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE CHIP CANDY CANE HOLIDAY BARK:
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- 3 cups white candy melts
- a handful or two of chocolate chips
- a handful or two of crushed candy canes
- another 1/4 cup crushed candy canes to sprinkle on top
You’ll also need:
- baking sheet
- wax paper
- rubber spatula
Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how many whole candy canes you would use be because I bought my candy canes already crushed. YES!! They sell crushed candy canes at The Bulk Barn. Oh happy day!
First things first: get your baking sheet ready. Cover it with a sheet of wax paper, allowing the wax paper to hang over the ends of the baking sheet.
Making your bark:
To make your bark, you’ll first need to melt the white candy discs. You can do this with a double boiler, or you can do as I did, and melt them in a bowl in the microwave.
If you’re microwaving your candy melts, you’ll need to do it in 20 or 30 second increments so you don’t burn the disks.
Just stop the microwave, give them a stir, and pop them back in for another 20-30 seconds. Repeat until the candy melts have completely melted.
Now, you’ll need to let them cool WAY down. If you don’t, your chocolate chips will melt when you add them to the warm melted discs.
I probably let my candy melts cool for about a half hour, stirring every now and then to release the heat.
When they were almost room temperature, I added the crushed candy cane pieces and stirred them in.
Then I tossed in the chocolate chips. You’ll want to move quickly for this part because the candy melts might still be warm enough to melt the chocolate.
Give the mixture a very quick stir to coat everything, and then with your spatula scrape/pour the whole mixture out onto the wax paper on the a cookie sheet.
Spread the mixture out to the edges of the tray, and then sprinkle the extra 1/4 cup of candy cane pieces all over the the mixture. I pressed the pieces in a little to prevent them from falling off once everything set.
Pop your baking sheet into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the bark to harden up. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer, and break the bark into bite-sized pieces.
Store your holiday bark in the fridge.
Mmmm-mmm! And there you have it. A delicious, festive, chocolate chip and candy cane bark in minutes.
Your family and friends will never guess how simple it was to make!
- 3 cups white candy melts
- ½ cup or more of chocolate chips
- ½ cup crushed candy canes
- additional ¼ cup crushed candy canes
- Melt candy melts in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second incremements.
- Let candy melts cool until almost room temperature.
- Add candy cane pieces and stir to mix.
- Add chocolate chips.
- Quickly stir, and pour mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
- Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup candy cane pieces.
- Gently press them into to the mixture.
- Place cookie sheet in freezer for 5-10 minutes to set.
- Break bark into pieces, and store in refrigerator.
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