Often referred to as “unicorn bark”, this pretty treat is surprisingly easy and FUN to create. Kids will love to help make and eat it, and with only three ingredients, moms will love the simplicity. Read more about the colourful chocolate bark we made for Easter and how you can make some, too!
Bee loves chocolate. And treats. And candy. I mean, duh – she’s a kid! I learned pretty quickly about how crazy she can get about sweets when she had her first real Halloween experience this past October. Since then I have tried pretty hard to figure out workarounds for treats at holidays. I stuffed her Christmas stocking with fruit snacks and Goldfish crackers, for example. But a well-intentioned relative always gives the toddler chocolate, and now she is obsessed. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when she snuck into the cupboard and consumed like 9 chocolate eggs silently while I was taking a bath, none the wiser (Silence is never, ever a good thing when you have kids).. At this point the damage has been done. My child not only knows about chocolate but is crazy about it. She will go to the greatest lengths to get it. It’s kind of how I feel about ice cream or a creamy bowl of soup. I get it, and I give in. I like to see my child happy, so we do good treats in extreme moderation unless it’s a special occasion.
Holidays, to me, are a special occasion. This Easter I decided to make colourful chocolate bark, or “unicorn bark”, with Bee because I had seen it all over the internet and frankly, it looked like fun. I wanted to make her treats for her Easter basket, and create something together. I thought, “melted chocolate and sprinkles, that’s pretty easy!”, and it really, truly is. The best part about it is that you can choose your colours and customize this bark to whatever theme you wish. You want Halloween bark? No problem. Black and orange with Halloween sprinkles and candy. Cheering on the Blue Jays for their home opener? You got it – white, blue, and red with matching sprinkles!
See what I mean? The simplicity of this recipe, the ability to customize it for your personal preference or to suit a theme, and the sheer deliciousness makes it the perfect treat to make. So, now you have a very difficult decision ahead of you – what colour bark will YOU make?
- melting chocolate
- food colouring
- Place your chocolate bit by bit in a double boiler while stirring with a spatula until melted well. For melting chocolate I like to use all white and colour it myself, but you can find melting chocolate pre-coloured. I just find it easier to melt it all at once and then put it in smaller bowls to colour it. You do you, though.
- Separate melted chocolate into smaller bowls and add food colouring. Mix until desired colour is achieved, but be quick before the chocolate cools and hardens.
- Scoop blobs of coloured chocolate onto a cookie sheet, all over it. Once you've added the chocolate, take a knife and mix it together, zigging and zagging through the colours to blend them into a beautiful marbled pattern.
- Once you've done that, go crazy with your sprinkles and candy! I like to use edible glitter or sugar candy for some sparkle, sprinkles for colour, and candy coated chocolate bits. But you could really use anything you wanted, even chunks of pretzel for salty crunch! Have fun with it.
- Once you've sprinkled it and made it into a beautiful, colourful work of art, place it (level) in the freezer for 2 hours.
- Remove from freezer and break it up with your hands into pieces! They don't have to be perfect - this part is really fun. When you're done, store in an air tight jar or serve on a candy platter (if they make it that far)!
PS – If you don’t have a double boiler, I’ve linked some amazing ones below (some pretty great deals, too). You could also melt the chocolate in a microwave in a microwave safe bowl, pausing to stir regularly with a spatula until well melted!
Have you made bark like this before? What colour bark do YOU want to make?