This easy chocolate bark is a fun way to create a seasonal design that incorporates the things people love. Chocolate and fun! If you are looking for more fun chocolate creations, try my best chocolate cake or cookie recipes!
One day I was looking at some old silicone fondant mats (that I have basically never used!) and decided that they would be a perfect way for creating chocolate bark! That very day I tested out my theory and it worked brilliantly. However, I ended up using my plastic fondant mats and found the smaller size and rectangle shape to be easier to work with. I used these fondant impression mats that were sitting in the back of my prop closet. They are beyond cheap… I think $5 for a set of four.
PRO TIP: Got kids? If you don’t have fondant mats, try using play-doh accessories! Just make sure they are very clean!
What is Chocolate Bark?
Anano Chocolate says that Chocolate bark is a type of confection that was named because of it’s resemblance to the bark of trees. It is made with melted, tempered chocolate, which is poured onto a flat surface to create a thin “sheet” of chocolate. It can be made using any type of chocolate you prefer! The quality of the chocolate is an important factor, so use the best quality chocolate you can. My top 2 favorites are milk chocolate and white chocolate.
How to Make Decorative Chocolate Bark
So let’s talk about those fondant mats again. They come in every design you can think of… and all extrememly easy to use.
Simply pour your chocolate onto the mat. No preparing necessary, no butter or spray or parchment.
Smooth out with an offset spatula and set on a level surface in the fridge or freezer. I tend to pop in the freezer because I like to be able to sample in a matter of a few minutes! The bark will easily just pop right off of the mat. You can break it up in a rustic pattern by hand or cut it into uniform pieces for easy gift giving.
You don’t have to stick with the Christmas theme… it can be sprinkles or even a New Years Eve theme!
This is gold sprinkles with mini marshmallows. Be careful when choosing your sprinkles though! I much prefer jimmies on bark as the small round non-perils can have a hard crunch that is not fun when you are biting into smooth and creamy chocolate.
You can use most bark recipes with the method, and believe me, I am.
This is truly such a fun and easy way to make your holiday snacking and gifting EXTRA special!!
Easy and fun, and of course delicious!
- 1 cup chocolate- dark, semi, milk, bittersweet, or white
- Decoration of choice- like sprinkles, jimmies, or candy
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate according to the packaging using the stovetop or microwave method.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the decorative mats.
Spread the chocolate in a 1/4-inch even layer.
- Evenly sprinkle the decoration of your choice (sprinkles, chocolate chips, mints, rock candy) over the chocolate edge to edge.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes until firm.
- Allow the bark to come to room temperature before serving.
- You may need more melted chocolate depending on the size of your decorative mat.