Christmas is coming right up, and you know what that means- it’s time to indulge in sweet treats! Wondering what to make each day throughout the holiday season? How about giving yourself some rest on one of those days and making this easy Christmas white chocolate bark? Let’s see how this recipe goes about!
If you are someone who genuinely loves to bake, then coming up with something new for every day of the holiday season might not seem like as big of a deal. But, for beginners who have just started experimenting with recipes, it can actually seem a little intimidating. Well, there is always the option to get some store-bought sweet treats!
But I get it! It is indeed very special when you rather make these treats at home rather than using something that is store-bought. So, if you are a beginner, this can be the perfect place to start your kitchen journey! The best part is there is no baking involved and this recipe is indeed a lot of fun!
So, even in case you are a professional in the kitchen but are looking for a fun activity to do along with your children for the holidays, there is no better way to start than with this recipe! Because, afterall, all kids love some chocolate and holiday candy together!
So, in the article here, you will find a complete list of equipment, ingredients and every other information that you need to know to make this Christmas white chocolate bark recipe. So, without actually waiting for Christmas, let’s get into this recipe right away!
What Equipment Will You Need To Make Christmas White Chocolate Bark?
- Bowl – A large, heatproof bowl will be needed to melt the chocolate. This can be microwave safe and should be sturdy enough to last over a double boiler too.
- Saucepan – If you plan on melting your chocolate over a double boiler, then you will need a medium-sized saucepan. It should just be big enough to hold the bowl in place.
- Silicone Spatula – A silicone Spatula will ensure all your sides are scraped so that no chocolate is wasted in this process.
- Offset Spatula – An offset spatula will help you spread the chocolate evenly out on the tray. If you don’t have one, you can also use the silicone spatula.
- Parchment Paper – A piece of parchment paper will be required to spread the chocolate onto before making the bark.
- Large Tray – A large tray will be needed to spread the parchment paper and place it in the refrigerator while the chocolate sets. You can use a baking tray if you would like to.
- Plastic Bag – To crush some of the candies that we will be adding to the bark, a large plastic bag will be needed.
- Rolling Pin – Lastly, a rolling pin will ensure all your candy gets crushed before you add it on top of the bark. Trust me, and this method is so much easier than actually chopping candy!
How Much Time Will You Need To Make Christmas White Chocolate Bark?
|Preparation Time||Cooking Time||Cooling Time||Total Time|
|10 Minutes||5 Minutes||40 Minutes||55 Minutes|
What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Christmas White Chocolate Bark?
- White Chocolate – The main ingredient for this recipe is indeed, some good quality white chocolate. To get a yield of 30 pieces of chocolate bark, a total of 13 ounces of white chocolate will be needed.
- Vegetable Oil – Roughly a tablespoon of vegetable oil will be added to this chocolate, as that will make sure that the chocolate does not thicken or set too quickly. Vegetable oil works best as it does not have a pungent smell or flavor and goes well overall with white chocolate.
- Candy Cane – Lastly, to finish the bark, for this recipe, we will be using only 10 pieces of candy cane.
Steps To Make Christmas White Chocolate Bark
1. Prep- Step
To start off, we will be doing some of the pre-preparations for this recipe first. Spread a piece of parchment paper on two baking trays and keep it aside. Add all the candy canes to a plastic bag and roll it up.
Then, break the candy cane by hitting it with a rolling pin. Try to get the pieces as small as possible but not completely powdered. Then, add the chocolate into a large heat-proof bowl and place it over a double boiler. Let the chocolate melt completely for 5 minutes, then take it off the heat and add in the vegetable oil.
2. Make The Bark
As soon as your pre-preparations are over, you need to quickly begin making your chocolate bark before the chocolate sets. For that, divide the melted chocolate into two trays that were previously lined with parchment paper.
Smooth out the top of the chocolate with an offset spatula or even a silicone spatula. Then, add the crushed candy cane on top of the white chocolate. Place both trays in the refrigerator for a good 30-40 minutes until the chocolate is completely set.
Take it out of the refrigerator and start breaking large pieces of the chocolate bark. Try or serve some immediately, or save for later!
What Else Can Be Added To Christmas White Chocolate Bark?
Yes, there is indeed no other candy that defines Christmas as much as candy cane does. However, there still are various variations that can be made with this recipe to give the candy cane a Christmas-like feeling! Some of my favorite additions are given below.
- MnMs – Some red and green MnMs make a great addition to a Christmas white chocolate bark!
- Hard Pretzels – Although these might not necessarily be associated with Christmas, hard pretzels surely add a lot to the flavor of this white chocolate bark!
- Freeze Dried Berries – A generous sprinkling of freeze-dried berry powder will surely make the taste and the color of this bark irresistible!
- Dehydrated Oranges – Dehydrated oranges actually give a great citrus flavor to the white chocolate bark!
- Mini Marshmallows – A number of toasted or untoasted mini marshmallows can be used to top this Christmas white chocolate bark.
- Jellies – To make this bark as kid-friendly as possible, a bunch of jellies can be sprinkled on the bark, along with some licorice too!
- Peppermint Extract – Now, this one isn’t an addition to the look, but rather, the flavor. A few drops of peppermint extract will give this bark a complete Christmas flavor!
|Saturated Fat||2 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.4 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||1 g|
|Trans Fat||0.003 g|
|Vitamin A||4 IU|
|Vitamin C||0.1 mg|
How Will The Christmas White Chocolate Bark Look And Taste Like?
You may have seen white chocolate bark being sold at various places in the market. But nothing really compares to homemade bark! The room for customization that comes with this recipe is what truly makes it stand out amongst the rest!
As far as the way it would look goes, this bark will look like Christmas on chocolate! The bark will be thin and snap easily, but not so thin that it would melt with the heat of your hands. Moreover, the more the number of customizations you add, the closer this bar will look like a holiday treat!
The base flavor of this bark will be that of white chocolate unless you add some peppermint extract to it. The candy cane will add a new dimension to the bark, both in terms of flavor and also texture. This bark can be enjoyed as it is or can be broken apart to decorate a number of holiday cakes and other desserts!
Christmas White Chocolate Bark Recipe
- 13 ounces White Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 10 no. Candy Cane
- Line two baking trays with parchment paper and keep aside.
- Add the candy cane to a plastic bag and wrap it up; break the candy cane with a rolling pin until it forms little pieces.
- In a large, heat-proof bowl, add the white chocolate and place it over a saucepan with hot water, also called a double boiler.
- Let the chocolate melt completely, then take the bowl off the heat and add in the vegetable oil. Stir it all with a silicone spatula.
- Divide the melted chocolate onto two trays and spread it out with an offset spatula so that the top gets smooth.
- Add the crushed candy cane pieces on top and refrigerate the trays for 30-40 minutes.
- Take the trays out once the chocolate is set and then break the pieces apart. Store for later or enjoy immediately!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it necessary to add vegetable oil to the chocolate?
A small amount of vegetable oil will surely help maintain the consistency of the chocolate much better.
Can the chocolate be melted in a microwave instead of a double boiler?
Yes, you can melt the chocolate in a microwave, too, instead of a double boiler if you would like.
How do you prevent the chocolate from setting before spreading it onto the trays?
The best way to prevent this from happening is by adding vegetable oil, as it does help a lot.
Can anything else be added on top of the bark instead of candy cane?
Yes, if you don’t like a candy cane as much, you can add a number of other sweet treats on the bark, as I have mentioned above.
How do you prevent your chocolate from forming lumps?
This is more likely to happen if you melt your chocolate in the microwave. To prevent this from happening, let the chocolate melt only for 30 seconds at a time. This will prevent overheating and, eventually, the lumps too.
How do you store the Christmas White Chocolate Bark?
The Christmas white chocolate bark can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
The perfect simple sweet treat for Christmas does exist in the form of this white chocolate bark! This recipe barely needs any time to put together and leaves a lot of room for customization! Moreover, this bark can further be used to decorate a number of Christmas desserts, like cakes, tarts and so much more! This recipe is pure white chocolate and candy cane indulgence all in one!