Dessert, Easter, Spring

Easy Easter Bark with Chocolate Candy and Pretzels

Easter Bark is the perfect dessert for Spring! The chocolate treat is topped with pretzels, colorful candy, and swirls of pastel chocolate.

If you need an easy recipe to use up some of that leftover Easter candy, then this Chocolate Easter Bark is for you! It’s a delicious treat with melted chocolate, your favorite Easter candy, and salty pretzels. It’s great for Easter baskets, egg hunt party favors, or just an Easter dessert. Young kids and adults will both love this homemade Easter Chocolate Bark!

Chocolate Easter bark with pastel M&Ms, mini chocolate eggs, and pretzels.

What is Chocolate Bark?

Chocolate Bark is a fun and easy dessert that is great for customizing for special occasions or holidays. It’s like a DIY candy bar! Bark has a chocolate base, made with melted dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or colorful white chocolate. Then the melted chocolate is topped with sprinkles, candy, cookies, or other toppings. Once the chocolate base hardens, it’s broken into small pieces and enjoyed as a sweet treat. Many people give bags of chocolate bark away as party favors or holiday gifts.

Ingredients Needed for Easter Bark

  • Melting Chocolate – The base for candy bark is melted chocolate. You can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate, whichever you prefer. I’m a dark chocolate fan, so I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers. Any brand of chocolate melts or semi-sweet chocolate chips works.
  • Cadbury Mini Chocolate Eggs – These little chocolate eggs are available at most grocery stores and Target stores around Easter. They are perfect for Easter desserts.
  • Pastel M&M’s – Since this bark is for Easter, I used the pastel Easter M&M’s. They are beautiful and delicious! 
  • Pretzels – Nothing beats the combination of salty and sweet! Add crushed pretzels to this chocolate bark for a little salty crunch.
  • White Melting Chocolate – Add swirls of pastel chocolate on top for a more colorful Easter Bark! It’s sweet but doesn’t take away from the delicious flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Gel Food Coloring – Dye the white chocolate with fun Easter colors, like pink, blue, green, or purple using gel food coloring. Be sure to use gel food coloring! Liquid food coloring disrupts the melting process and the melted chocolate will seize. Seized chocolate is hard and grainy. Smooth and silky is the desired consistency of melted chocolate.

How to Make Easter Bark

This Easy Easter Bark recipe is perfect for a busy holiday season. It only requires a few simple ingredients, parchment paper, and a sheet pan.

Step One – First, melt the regular chocolate for the base of the bark. Consistently stir the chocolate until it is smooth and silky.

Step Two – Next, cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the melted chocolate over the parchment paper. Use a rubber spatula and smooth the chocolate in an even layer over the whole baking pan.

Step Three – Then, sprinkle the pastel M&M’s, mini chocolate eggs, and crushed pretzels over the melted chocolate. Be sure to evenly disperse the toppings so there is a bit of everything in each bite of Easter Bark!

Add Colorful Chocolate Drizzle

Step Four – Using the microwave, or a double boiler on the stove, melt the white chocolate to create your colorful drizzle. Low and slow is best for melting candy so it doesn’t seize and turn hard and grainy.

Step Five – Pour the melted white chocolate into a few different bowls. Add a drop of gel food coloring to each bowl. I used orange, blue, purple, and pink for my colors. Be sure to use gel food coloring because liquid food coloring will ruin the consistency of the chocolate. Use a small drop of food coloring to ensure the color is pastel.

Step Six – Drizzle the pastel chocolate sauces over the Easter Bark one color at a time.

Step Seven – Place the pan in the freezer to set for about 30 minutes to an hour. Remove the parchment paper from the pan.

Step Eight – Use your hands to break the chocolate bark into pieces. Place the bark into bags to give to your guests, or serve it on a plate with dessert.

Chocolate Easter bark with pastel M&Ms, mini chocolate eggs, and pretzels stacked on a white plate.

Serve this delicious Easter Bark alongside a bowl of popcorn for a fun Easter movie night treat!

Here are a few Easter movies available on Disney Plus for children!

The Best Ways to Melt Chocolate

Use a microwave-safe bowl and melt the chocolate wafers in 30-second intervals in the microwave. Stir between each interval until the chocolate is completely melted and has a smooth texture. Turn the microwave power to “Low” to reduce the chances of the chocolate heating too quickly and seizing. 

An alternative method for melting chocolate is to use a double boiler on the stove. Pour about a cup of water into a small saucepan. Place a metal or oven-safe bowl into the top of the saucepan with the chocolate inside. The bowl should sit on top of the pan and not touch the water. They make specific bowls called double boilers for this as well. Heat the water on medium heat and the steam slowly melts the chocolate.

FAQ’s

Is Easter Bark Gluten-Free?

They can be! Just be sure to use a gluten-free melting chocolate. You will need gluten-free white chocolate and regular chocolate. Lily’s Sweets and Enjoy Life are gluten-free chocolate brands. For the food coloring, Watkins is a gluten-free food coloring brand at Target.
Of course, you should also use gluten-free toppings as well!

How to Store Easter Bark

Store these festive chocolate treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or two. It’s perfect for enjoying a few pieces as an evening treat!

Can I Use Other Easter Candy to Decorate My Bark?

Absolutely! Oreo cookies, pastel sprinkles, graham crackers, mini marshmallows, sour candies, jelly beans, or small chocolate bunnies are also great candies to top these treats with!

This fun Easter treat is a great way to serve your guests a fun and festive dessert this Easter! Make homemade chocolate bark and customize it with your favorite Easter candies.

Chocolate Easter bark with pastel M&Ms, mini chocolate eggs, and pretzels.

Easter Bark

Easter Bark is the perfect dessert for Spring! The chocolate treat is topped with pretzels, colorful candy, and swirls of pastel chocolate.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Setting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 10 people

Equipment

  • parchment paper
  • baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz melting chocolate
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate eggs
  • 1/4 cup pastel M&Ms
  • 1/4 cup pretzels crushed
  • 1 cup white melting chocolate
  • food coloring orange, blue, purple, pink

Instructions
 

  • Melt the regular chocolate for the base of the bark.
  • Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the melted chocolate over the parchment paper. Use a rubber spatula and smooth the chocolate in an even layer over the whole baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the pastel M&M's, mini chocolate eggs, and crushed pretzels over the melted chocolate.
  • Melt the white chocolate and pour into 3-4 separate bowls.
  • Add a drop of gel food coloring to each bowl, and stir to mix the color in.
  • Drizzle the pastel chocolate sauces over the Easter Bark one color at a time.
  • Place the pan in the freezer to set for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove the parchment paper from the pan.
  • Use your hands to break the chocolate bark into pieces.
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