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5 Minute Chocolate Bark (6+ ways)

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Make 5 Minute Easy Chocolate Bark over 6 different ways with only 2 main ingredients! It’s the perfect gift for the holidays. Will you start with dark chocolate or white chocolate?

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5 Minute Chocolate Bark - this easy recipe shows you how to make bark over 6 ways using only 2 basic ingredients! Chocolate bark is the perfect gift to give for the holidays!

What Christmas movies do your kids love? Jordan pretty much watches them all at this point, but her favorite, hands down, is Elf. She also loves Home Alone and Santa Clause, and because we’re horrible parents, we’ve been watching Christmas Vacation with her for years. (I don’t filter a lot of what she sees and hears, unless it’s violence. I wouldn’t even filter that except for the nightmares and mama needs her sleep.)

Speaking of movies that are inappropriate, what (older) movies should I be watching with her? I’m thinking those cult movies we all loved from the 80s and 90s…we already watched Breakfast Club, Clueless, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Three Men And A Baby is on my list…but I know there are others she’ll get a kick out of. She’s almost 12 and we allow up to PG-13 (again, sans violence). There comes a time during parenting that you just cannot watch Disney Channel any more. No more cartoons or whiney brats or silly tween dramas; I reached the point about a year ago that I need real movies and TV shows during family TV time. But I need more ideas…so leave some in the comments!

This is my favorite time of year to have family movie night (or day). The weather is cold and it feels good to snuggle on the couch with a good movie. Plus, Jordan has two weeks off after Christmas this year (her last day of school before break isn’t until December 22!) so I think we’ll be watching LOTS of them over vacation. I plan to pop in lots of inappropriate movies and serve lots of sugar. (Obviously, this makes me a good mom, right?! LOL)

One of our favorite things to snack on over the holidays is chocolate bark. It’s SO easy to make (Jordan often makes it herself without any help) and everyone loves it. Plus, it’s easy to cater to everyone’s likes.

5 Minute Chocolate Bark - this easy recipe starts with only 2 ingredients and makes so many different versions!

With this simple, basic, EASY bark recipe (only 2 main ingredients!) you’ll have chocolate candy bark success every time. I often call bark my “clean out the pantry” dessert because that’s basically what I do when I’m coming up with flavors: I search through my baking cabinet with half used bags of candy or the dregs of the sprinkles or cookie boxes. EVERYTHING goes good with chocolate and it’s easy to personalize the recipe.

Does your holiday gifting list prefer milk or semi-sweet chocolate? Great – make them chocolate bark with peanut butter cups. Maybe dark chocolate is something you love? Well, then almonds and toffee with dark chocolate are where it’s at. And don’t worry; I haven’t forgotten about white chocolate either.

White chocolate is great with crushed peppermint candies, M&Ms, or even with chopped cookies (like cookies and milk!). The sky is the limit on the flavors and combinations you can make. Really, the recipes I list are just some ideas. Take them and run with it – think of some of your favorite.

5 Minute Chocolate Bark - this easy recipe starts with only 2 ingredients and makes so many different versions!

The two basic ingredients you need to make chocolate bark are: chocolate chips and oil or shortening. You can use any chocolate you like, really (like almond bark or good baking chocolate) but I’m pretty sure that 99% of the world has chocolate chips in their pantry, especially this time of year. If you need a quick treat or party dessert or gift, it’s super easy to grab the chocolate chips and get to making bark.

I always add Crisco vegetable oil or vegetable shortening to my chocolate chips before I melt them. This goes for bark or for any time I melt them, really. Have you ever tried to microwave chocolate chips (especially white chocolate) and they seize and get ruined? Even if you are careful about the container you melt in or the temperature, sometimes chocolate chips just have trouble melting. Using oil or shortening will greatly reduce the risk that this will happen. In fact, I’ve never had chocolate chips seize on me when I use one of the two.

The other thing I always do when melting chocolate chips is to do so in the microwave on 50% power. It takes longer to melt, but it helps them melt slower and reduces the risk of seizing. I also like to use paper bowls (easy clean up) or those reusable plastic containers. My least favorite for melting are glass or porcelain bowls; those get too hot and can ruin your chocolate.

Once you melt the chocolate, you just have to spread it out into a thin layer and then you add your toppings. Cookies, candy, nuts; the sky is the limit. What will you use?

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5 Minute Easy Chocolate Bark

Make 5 Minute Easy Chocolate Bark over 6 different ways with only 2 main ingredients! It's the perfect gift for the holidays.


  • 1 11-12 ounce bag white, dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening or vegetable oil
  • Various toppings — see ideas in directions


  1. Line a 10x15-inch pan or cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. I like to use a disposable paper bowl or re-usable plastic container for best results. Add shortening or oil. Heat chocolate chips on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  3. Spread chocolate into an even layer on the prepared pan. Top with desired toppings. Chill to set then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days to 2 weeks (depending on the toppings you use; candy toppings last longer than pretzels or cookies, which tend to get stale).
  4. Peppermint White Chocolate Bark: Sprinkle chopped candy canes or peppermint crunch over melted white chocolate.
  5. M&M Chocolate Bark: Sprinkle holiday or any flavor M&Ms over melted white or regular chocolate.
  6. Milk & Cookies Bark: Sprinkle chopped chocolate chip cookies and/or Oreos over melted white chocolate.
  7. Peanut Butter Cup Bark: Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups over melted milk or semi-sweet chocolate.
  8. Caramel Pretzel Bark: Sprinkle chopped pretzels and Rolos over milk or semi-sweet chocolate.
  9. Almond Toffee Bark: Sprinkle almonds, toffee bits, and cocoa nibs over dark chocolate.
  10. These are just a few ideas - there are so many options! Clean out your baking pantry and make your favorite flavor combo!

5 Minute Chocolate Bark - this easy recipe shows you how to make bark over 6 ways using only 2 basic ingredients!

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  1. So much inspiration! Thank you, Girl!

  2. Classic movies are so much fun to watch and re-watch. I totally agree with Clueless and would also throw in Mean Girls since they’re along the same vein. What better way to spend a weekend than watching these classic flicks and eating your gorgeous bark!?

  3. YES PLEASE. I want to bite this bark! 🙂

  4. I love all your ideas and variations! I have a bark recipe a week from today but there’s no white chocolate, which that was dumb, I love white chocolate….lol

    Yours looks amazing and I wish I was having it for breakfast 🙂

  5. Love this variety! Some in my family love peppermint and others are crazy about M&M’s, so this would be a great idea for them! Of course, I could dive into all of them right about now! 😉

  6. You can’t go wrong with bark! I love all the options here 🙂 this time of year we usually do peppermint bark, but I feel like I would like the PB cups kind even more!!

  7. Yum! Would it be the same amount of oil if I wanted to use coconut oil?

  8. I love all of the old classic musicals, 7 Brides for 7 Brother’s, Singing in the Rain, Holiday Inn, White Christmas (my all time favorite), Newsies, On The Town, King and I, Lil Abner, and so many more. When she gets a bit older, Guys & Dolls. We as grandparents are introducing a lot of these to our grands & they are relishing them with popcorn & Coke. I can’t wait to add bark to this movie night! You made my day!!!

  9. Love! I can’t wait to try the roll pretzel one. The white chocolate mint is my go to!

  10. Breakfast Club
    Adventures in Babysitting 
    Dirty Dancing 
    Sixteen Candles
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 
    Back to the Future 
    Mean Girls
    Teen Wolf
    National Lampoons Vacation 
    Not really a girly flick, but Raiders of the Lost Ark
    My Girl
    Newer, but Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    Flight of the Navigator 

  11. Thanks for all the variations! I am putting together a few gluten free and nut free desserts for a family member. This will be quick and easy.

  12. Awesome! Thank you! This would be great to make with kids!

  13. Chocolate bark is such a tasty, simple, and pretty gift! You’ve included a variety for everyone on the list! Your “anti-seizing” tips are really helpful too! I just learned recently that mixing in a bit of oil to white chocolate that has seized (not burnt) can often save the day. 🙂 Happy cozy, cuddly, movie watching season!

  14. It all looks yummy. Have you watched The Wizard of Oz with her?

  15. The caramel pretzel bark sounds amazing! Elf is a great holiday movie 🙂

  16. I’m so glad someone beat me to it, but you have to watch Adventures in Babysitting and also She’s Out of Control. Those were my two absolute favorites that I would ‘rent’ when I was her age. Of course I had a boy after and my daughter has special needs that won’t allow her to understand the movies so I can’t pass them on. Enjoy!!

  17. Had no idea it was that quick and easy!

  18. I too am a grandmother so classics are a must. Any of the Cary Grant Katherine Hepburn movies The Thin Man Series Going My Way Meet Me In St Louis Rogers and Hammerstiens Cinderella with Leslie Warren. This was a special treat to watch once a year. I still can remember most of the songs lol. For a little newer movies The Last Unicorn Iron Giant Neverending Story The Last Starfighter Darby O Gill and the Little People Jumanji Goonies Hope you and your family get as much enjoyment out of some of these movies as we readers get out of your wonderful recipies.

  19. What size pan? You say “prepared pan” but I don’t see where you say how to prepare it, unless I missed it. 

  20. Just saw your recipe! I know that it’s been almost 2 years since you posted it, but I wanted to suggest I Love Lucy re-runs. We bought them on eBay, and our children love watching them. They are hilarious, and good, clean fun. Even our high school age kids enjoy watching them! Thanks for the delicious recipes!

  21. thank you for the ideas and t hfe recipe. ill def try. i do not use mnms or oreos though as they are gmo

  22. How long does it take to set? 
    I made it today and can’t remember how long it took to set so I can cut into pieces. 

    By the way, everyone loves when I make this at Christmas time. 

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