Christmas Chocolate BarkI know that I am posting my cookie recipe a day early, but I hope that you will forgive me.  I made this Christmas inspired chocolate bark the other day and it was ridiculously easy.  Really, isn’t it pretty and incredibly festive looking?  Can you melt chocolate?  Can you smash a few candy canes?  Sprinkle some M&Ms and Rice Krispies?  You can?  Then you are in business.

I used a semi-sweet chocolate for the bottom layer and then a white chocolate for the top.  I wanted it to look like Christmas, so I used red and green, but use whatever you want.  Almonds and dried fruit would be wonderful too.  I like the addition of the Rice Krispies because I really like the crunch that it adds.  I like texture.

Package these up and another cute and effortless gift is on its way to someone that is going to be very happy to receive it.

If you are wondering why the semi-sweet chips are in a Mason jar, it is because a friend of ours gave me a 20 pound box of chocolate.  Yes, you read that correctly.  20 pounds.  More chocolate recipes to come.

Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipe

1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package white chocolate chips
2 cups Rice Krispies
candy canes
red and green M&Ms

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeSmash some candy canes.  I put mine in a Ziploc bag and smashed them with a rolling pin.  Super good for relieving any stress that you may have.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeMelt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water.  You could also use the microwave, but I did it the old-fashioned way today.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeMelt the chocolate completely and spread it out on a parchment lined baking sheet.  You want it to be pretty thin.  You are going to be adding some more layers so you may want to spread it as thinly as possible.  It is easier to break apart later when it is thinner.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeSprinkle the top with Rice Krispies.  Put the bark in the fridge to set up.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeMeanwhile, melt the white chocolate.  I used a double boiler again.  I think that this is the easiest way to work with white chocolate.  White chocolate can be a bit temperamental.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipePour the white chocolate over the chilled semi-sweet chocolate layer.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeSpread the white chocolate out.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeSprinkle M&Ms and crushed candy canes on top.  Put it back in the fridge until it sets up and hardens.  About 30 to 45 minutes.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeDid you know that Buzz Lightyear lives at my house?  What was I doing while my chocolate bark was setting up?  Playing cars with this little dude.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeBreak apart the chocolate bark.  You can either do this by hand, or you can use a sharp knife and cut it into squares.

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeLooks pretty festive, no?

Christmas Chocolate Bark RecipeHow would you like this little box of Christmas Chocolate Bark as a party favor?  I would.  I used a small (maybe 3×4 inch?) box with a clear window that I got at my bakery supply store.  I cut a piece of embossed scrapbook paper and wrapped it around and taped the bottom.  Then I took a long piece of green bakers twine and wrapped it around a few times and tied it.  Simple, clean, and festive looking.  This might be one of my favorite packages that I have ever done.

Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipe

Christmas Chocolate Bark [Week 10 of 12 Weeks of Cookies]
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • candy canes
  • red and green M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Smash some candy canes. I put mine in a Ziploc bag and smashed them with a rolling pin. Super good for relieving any stress that you may have.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. You could also use the microwave, but I did it the old-fashioned way today.
  3. Melt the chocolate completely and spread it out on a parchment lined baking sheet. You want it to be pretty thin. You are going to be adding some more layers so you may want to spread it as thinly as possible. It is easier to break apart later when it is thinner.
  4. Sprinkle the top with Rice Krispies. Put the bark in the fridge to set up.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate. I used a double boiler again. I think that this is the easiest way to work with white chocolate. White chocolate can be a bit temperamental.
  6. Pour the white chocolate over the chilled semi-sweet chocolate layer.
  7. Spread the white chocolate out.
  8. Sprinkle M&Ms and crushed candy canes on top. Put it back in the fridge until it sets up and hardens. About 30 to 45 minutes.