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White Chocolate Bark (5 minute prep)

White Chocolate Bark (or any bark for that matter) is pretty much the easiest sweet treat you can possibly make. Endless flavor possibilities, 2-3 ingredients, 5 minutes to put together and 20-30 minutes to chill.

It’s hard to even call this a recipe. In fact, there are really no measurements needed.

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The variations in this easy white chocolate bark recipe are only limited by your imagination. Check out some fun variations below.  

We’ve shown two types in the images here – peppermint white chocolate bark (holiday festive) and white chocolate almond bark (classy for any occasion).

Start with some good white chocolate chips. Then add your favorite flavors and textures. The new trend is to finish the bark with a sprinkling of sea salt (which we love!).

White chocolate bark makes a perfect gift for that special time of year.

FAQ – good to know

Is white chocolate real chocolate?

No. According to Bon Appetit, white chocolate is made with a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and a fatty substance called lecithin. It is technically not a chocolate as it doesn’t contain cocoa solids.

Is there a difference between white chocolate and white chips?

Yes. White chocolate is smooth, rich and creamy. It melts quicker and contains cocoa butter (white chips don’t). And it sets up softer (white chips snap when broken).The FDA – Food and Drug Administration – says white chocolate must contain at least 20% cocoa butter. White chocolate can be a bit trickier to melt. White chips, also called morsels or wafers, are smooth, whiter and great for making bark.

Is it better to use white chips or white chocolate for bark?

Both will work. America’s Test Kitchen tested several kinds and prefer white chocolate chips for making bark because it hardens into a firm and snappy texture. ATK’s favorite kind is Ghirardelli Classic White Baking Chips.

What are the best white chocolate chips to use for bark?

Ghirardelli Classic White Baking Chips, Callebaut white chocolate (Belgian), Ghiradelli white melting wafers, Guittard and Toll House white chocolate chips are some good options.

How to make white chocolate bark

white chocolate wafers on bowl
Place white chocolate chips or wafers in a microwave-safe bowl.
melted white chocolate in bowl
Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate in fully melted – about 1.5-2 minutes total.
melted white chocolate bark on pan
Add fillings like nuts or dried fruit to the melted chocolate. Spread mixture on a parchment lined pan in an even layer. Add your favorite toppings like peppermint, zest, salt, etc. Chill in fridge for 20-30 minutes until hardened.
almond bark pieces stacked
Break into pieces and store in airtight container. Pictured: almond bark
peppermint bark pieces stacked
Pictured: peppermint white chocolate bark
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Tailor To Your Taste

Here are several variations you can try for this super easy treat.

Chocolate

  • Instead of white chocolate, use dark chocolate, milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate

Fillings

  • Nuts: Roasted nuts are best. Try almonds, cashews, macadamia, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts or pecans.
  • Dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, apricots, cherries or others
  • Others: crushed pretzels, bits of oreo cookies

Favorite Toppings

  • save a few nuts or dried fruit to sprinkle on top
  • crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
  • toasted coconut
  • skor bits
  • festive sprinkles – coordinate colors with holidays e.g. red and green for Christmas time, blue and yellow for Chanukah, black and orange for Halloween.
  • zest – lemon, lime or orange zest
  • sea salt – delish.

Flavorings

  • try adding a couple of drops of flavored extracts like vanilla extract, peppermint or orange.

Shortcut

Ahem. This easy recipe only takes 5 minutes to make (not including chill time)! Nevertheless, you can save time by buying roasted nuts instead of roasting them yourself.

Make Ahead

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature where there is no moisture. No need to refrigerate. The chocolate bark should last at least 3 weeks.
  • Make a great gift for a hostess, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Chanukah, etc. by wrapping the white bark in a cellophane bag or a small box from the dollar store.

Other easy sweet treats to try

These no bake treats take 30 minutes or less to make.

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White Chocolate Bark (5 minutes prep)

White Chocolate Bark (or any bark for that matter) is pretty much the easiest sweet treat you can possibly make. Endless flavor possibilities, 2-3 ingredients, 5 minutes to put together and 20-30 minutes to chill. Creamy, melt in your mouth, deliciousness.
Prep Time5 mins
Chill time30 mins
Course: desserts, Snack, Treat
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: Cheryl, Two Kooks In The Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces (340 grams) white chocolate chips, bar or wafers, Note 1

Optional Fillings (Note 2)

  • 3/4 cups 100-130 grams fillings e.g, roasted nuts, dried fruit or others

Optional Toppings (Note 3)

  • Sprinkling or handful of a topping you like

Optional Flavorings (Note 4)

    Instructions

    • PREPARE PAN: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
    • MELT WHITE CHOCOLATE: Place white chocolate in the microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High in 30 second increments. This means do 30 seconds, stir, another 30 seconds, stir and another 30 seconds – until chocolate melts into a smooth spreadable consistency.
    • STIR IN FILLINGS (if using): Mix in roasted nuts, dried fruit or other fillings of your choice (note 2). Stir in a couple of drops of flavor extracts if you like (optional). If you are making white chocolate peppermint bark, skip this step.
    • SPREAD OUT MIXTURE: Pour white chocolate mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread in even thin layer, about 1/4 inch/64mm.
    • ADD TOPPINGS (optional): Sprinkle on toppings of your choice (note 3), gently pressing them into chocolate to help them adhere. Sprinkle lightly with fine sea salt if desired.
    • CHILL AND BREAK INTO PIECES: Place baking sheet of chocolate into fridge. Chill until hardened, about 20-30 minutes. Break into pieces.

    Notes

    1. Chocolate:
      • good types of white chocolate: Ghirardelli classic white baking chips, Callebaut white chocolate (Belgian), Ghiradelli white melting wafers, Guittard and Toll House white chocolate chips. 
      • white chocolate substitutes:  try dark chocolate, milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate.
    2. Fillings: 
      • Nuts
        • How to roast nuts. If you didn’t buy roasted nuts, heat oven or toaster oven to 350F/177C. Spread nuts in a single layer on pan. Roast for 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Cool. Chop with knife or put in a small bag and smash gently with bottom or a pan or rolling pin. 
        • Nut options: almonds, cashews, macadamia, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts or pecans.
      • Dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, apricots, cherries or others
      • Others: crushed pretzels, bits of oreo cookies
    3. Toppings options to sprinkle (choose what you like):
      • save a few nuts or dried fruit to sprinkle on top
      • toasted coconut
      • skor bits
      • crushed peppermint candies or candy canes. If you can’t find pre-crushed candy, put the candies in a bag and smash them with the bottom of a heavy glass.  
      • festive sprinkles – coordinate colors with holidays e.g. red and green for Christmas, blue and yellow for Chanukah, black and orange for Halloween.
      • zest – lemon, lime or orange zest
      • sea salt – delish.
    4. Flavorings
      • try adding a couple of drops of flavored extracts like vanilla extract,  peppermint, orange or rum.
    Nutrition values are loose estimate for 1 ounce/21 grams white chocolate with almonds. 

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Facts
    White Chocolate Bark (5 minutes prep)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 191 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 12g18%
    Saturated Fat 6g38%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 5g
    Cholesterol 6mg2%
    Sodium 26mg1%
    Potassium 128mg4%
    Carbohydrates 18g6%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 9IU0%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 74mg7%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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