This easy Candy Cane Bark is made with white chocolate, crushed candy canes and chocolate chips. It’s a holiday treat that’s ready in minutes, and perfect for holiday entertaining, or giving to teachers, friends, and neighbours for Christmas. It’s a great way to use up extra candy canes at Christmas too!
Christmas baking does not get any easier than this! Last weekend I threw together this easy Candy Cane Bark, It’s delicious, and it took about 10 minutes to make which is great news for someone like me who A) loves nibbling on yummy sweets over the holidays, and B) doesn’t exactly love the Christmas baking scene.
I came up with the candy cane and chocolate combo when I was looking for my festive winter bark recipe which I also made on the weekend. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without making a batch or two of that bark.
Underneath my winter bark recipe, 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.”
And so I did. I was THRILLED with how fast and easy it was to make! And it tastes SO good! The peppermint and chocolate combo is divine!
Ingredients for Candy Cane 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!
Making your bark:
Cover a baking with a sheet of wax paper, allowing the it to hang over the ends of the baking sheet.
To start, melt the white candy discs. You can do this in a double boiler, or you can do as I did, and melt them in a bowl in the microwave.
How to melt candy melts in the microwave:
Put your candy melts in a microwave save bowl, and microwave them for 20-30 seconds.
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.
Adding the crushed candy canes and chocolate chips:
I 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 pour the whole mixture out onto the wax paper on the a cookie sheet.
Top with more crushed candy canes:
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
- 1/2 cup or more of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
- additional 1/4 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 1/4 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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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.