Say hello to spring with this festive, candy-covered chocolate bark. Whether you’re brightening up an Easter basket or looking for a colorful DIY to share with loved ones, these eye-popping creations are sure to leave a lasting impression.
The approach for this recipe is deliciously easy: Simply embellish a canvas of melted candy wafers with the seasonal sweet treats of your choosing—from jelly beans to confetti sprinkles and nonpareils—in a variety of delightful spring hues. You’ll also want to have a handful of metal cookie cutters on hand to help mold the chocolate bark into your desired spring-themed shapes. If you’re gifting these cheery treats, just slip them into cellophane bags and tie them off with a ribbon for a finished look.
Pastel Bunny Bark
Yields five pieces
You will need:
- Assorted candies (such as pastel jelly beans, Easter-mix candy corn, and sprinkles)
- 4 ounces each of white, blue, pink, and yellow candy melting wafers
- 5 metal rabbit-shaped or spring-themed cookie cutters
- Aluminum foil
- Baking sheet
- Cellophane bags (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
To begin, remove the candies from their packaging and ensure they’re readily accessible.
Place each color of candy wafers into separate microwave-safe bowls. Heat each bowl in 30-second intervals until the candy is melted and can be stirred until smooth.
Lay a cookie cutter in the center of a small sheet of aluminum foil. Fold and scrunch the foil tightly around the edges of the cookie cutter shape.
Using your finger, smooth the foil on the inside of the cookie cutter to ensure the chocolate will lay flat. Repeat with remaining shapes, then place the prepared cookie cutters on a baking sheet.
Using spoons, dollop alternating colors of the melted candy wafers into the prepared cookie cutters.
Shake the baking sheet gently to level the melted chocolate. Using a toothpick, swirl the colors together to create a marbled effect.
Sprinkle your assorted candies and sprinkles on top of the melted chocolate inside the cookie cutters. Once you’re satisfied with the appearance of each figure, transfer the entire baking sheet to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set.
When the candy is firm, gently remove the aluminum foil and push the chocolate through the bottom of the cutter. If the bark won’t budge, gently bend the edges of the cookie cutter outward until the chocolate is released.
To present, place the chocolate bark in cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon—or nestle your treats directly inside an Easter basket.
All photographs by Heather Baird.