Chocolate Christmas Bark

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This Chocolate Christmas Bark is SO easy and SO versatile. Let’s not forget delicious!!! Choose your toppings and enjoy!

Chocolate Bark

I was compensated to create this Christmas Bark recipe for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker. All opinions expressed are completely my own, as per usual 🙂

Chocolate Christmas Bark. Seems like an easy thing to pull off right?

Generally speaking, yes, it’s a super simple sweet treat that everyone seems to love. But when my little family is involved, things tend to get a *leetle* more complicated.

Or a lot complicated.

Who knew that I could deeply, DEEPLY offend my daughter for offering to put dried apricots on her little chocolate bark? Or that my husband would scoff at the idea of chips in his chocolate bark? {Um, we’re not related.} Or that my two year old would want everything under the sun on his chocolate bark? {I sort of saw that coming…}

You guys. I assure you that my family is an easy going bunch, but when it comes to their desserts, I obviously had greater expectations that we could all get along in love and kindness.

Guess not?!

So once we got these all made and cut into pieces, we each went our own ways with our customized Christmas Barks and called it a day.

If you don’t have anyone with a strong opinion in your household, you can make this Chocolate Christmas Bark in mere minutes with any toppings you have in your pantry. If you do have a couple of those highly opinionated folks, you might want to abort this idea until they are MIA.

I speak from experience. I tell you because I care.


I had quite the variety of toppings in my pantry which made for some fun combinations, but honestly if it tastes moderately good with chocolate, it’ll be good in this bark.

Here’s how to make it:
Scharffen Berger Chocolates

Start out with some good quality chocolate. I used 12 ounces of Scharffen Berger 33% Cacao Milk Chocolate and 12 ounces of Scharffen Berger 41% Cacao Extra Rich Milk Chocolate. Milk chocolate makes the best bark, in my opinion. Though my 6 year old prefers very dark chocolate. I don’t know where she came from.

Scharffen Berger Chocolates

Since these bars come in 3 ounce portions, I used 8 bars.

This recipe makes A LOT 🙂 Never a bad thing.

Chopped chocolate bars

So, unwrap all that chocolate and chop it up into smaller pieces.

Chopped chocolate bars

Place it into a heat-proof bowl and place over a double boiler to gently melt it down. I suppose you could use the microwave, but that is a hit and miss method for me. The double boiler is the fool-proof way to not burn your chocolate!

melted chocoalte

After about 10 minutes, you’ll have some very smooth and delicious melted chocolate! Remove from the double boiler and place onto a kitchen towel to cool.

bark topping ideas

While the chocolate is cooling, gather some ingredients to top your bark with. Seriously, anything goes!! The chips + chocolate combo were my favorite {that’s pregnancy talking}.

christmas bark

After about 10 minutes of the chocolate cooling, spread about 3 heaping tablespoons of chocolate into a loose 1/2 inch thick rectangle.

christmas bark

Top each chocolate rectangle with the toppings you want and let it cool to room temperature for about 2 hours.

chocolate bark

This was a dried cherry + pistachio christmas color inspired bark.

christmas bark

The smashed candy cane bark belonged to Brooke.

christmas bark

The hazelnut + sea salt was calling my name.

christmas bark

This mish-mosh of everything was Blake’s.

chocolate bark

And this peanut pretzel combo was my husband’s. After 2 hours at room temperature, your bark will be solidified and ready to cut into pieces.

christmas bark

As you can see, I cut these on the diagonal because I thought it looked a lot more interesting, but feel free to chop as you like.

chocolate bark

Oh, hello lover.

christmas bark

Come to mama.

christmas bark

I love how all of these different types of bark looked together, piled high!! We ended up eating the ones we customized and then giving the rest away to neighbors and friends. It’s seriously so good and it goes over so well, no matter who you give it to.

chocolate bark

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this bark as much as we did by ourselves in different parts of the house to avoid confrontation.

Have a merry Christmas 🙂

Chocolate Bark
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5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Christmas Bark

This Chocolate Christmas Bark is SO easy and SO versatile. Let's not forget delicious!!! Choose your toppings and enjoy!
servings 24 servings
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes


  • 24 oz. good quality milk chocolate such as Scharffen Berger

Any Desired Toppings for the Bark:

  • pretzels
  • plain chips
  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • sea salt


  • Unwrap and chop chocolate into small pieces. Place into heat-proof bowl and place over double boiler to melt slowly and gently. Remove from heat and cool 10 minutes.
  • Spread chocolate into 1/2 inch thick rectangle onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. {I made mini chocolate bark bars because my family is picky, but feel free to make one big one.}
  • Top melted chocolate with any desired toppings. Rest at room temperature until set. Cut into pieces and serve.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Bark, christmas
Other holiday recipes you might like:

Cookies and Cream Christmas Bark

No Bake Cookies

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

Peppermint Brownies

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  1. Karen

    5 stars
    Merry Christmas! Love the idea of making individual bars….never would have thought of that. This will go in my to make soon file. Thank you!!!!!