An easy white chocolate bark recipe that can be adapted for any holiday or any occasion. Includes a long list of variations that make this recipe so versatile. I also answer the question is white chocolate really chocolate?
Some of us love it, and some of us don’t. The lovers will enjoy this recipe, and even if you fall in the category of non-lovers, making this white chocolate bark recipe is an easy thing to do. It makes a great gift, and when you give it away, it will make you smile. I promise.
So before we get to the bark, let’s talk about white chocolate.
Is white chocolate really chocolate?
The answer to that question is “no…not really.” White chocolate ingredients are cocoa butter, milk products, sugar, and sometimes vanilla. It also contains lecithin, which is an emulsifier. You might think that having cocoa butter as an ingredient qualifies it as chocolate…but that’s not the case. Without getting into all the confusing details, cocoa solids must be present in order for chocolate to be really chocolate, and there are no cocoa solids to be found in white chocolate.
Is white chocolate still wonderful? My answer to that is an enthusiastic “yes!”
White Chocolate Bark tips
- Any form of white chocolate can be used to make this bark. I like to use 4 oz. bars, but white chocolate chips can also be used. Another option is candy melts or wafers.
- The easiest way to melt the white chocolate is in the microwave, but it can also be melted in a double boiler on the stove. If you don’t have a 9 x 13 baking dish that is microwave-safe, use a bowl to warm the chocolate, and after it’s melted, simply pour it onto the parchment paper.
- The melting time will vary depending on the strength of your microwave, and what form of white chocolate you use. Chips and wafers take less time than bars.
- I used Oreo Thins, but any version of Oreo cookies can be used.
- When finished, the white chocolate bark hardens very quickly, especially if it’s placed in the refrigerator.
- For a rustic look, simply break the bark into pieces with your hands. For a neater edge, run a chef’s knife under hot water, and score the bark with the knife, and then break into pieces.
White Chocolate Bark Variations
This list of variations is long, and really fun. The toppings for white chocolate bark can be customized for any occasion, and any holiday.
- For a sweet & salty white chocolate bark add:
- mini pretzels
- salted peanuts
- salted, roasted almonds
- For Christmas white chocolate bark add:
- crushed peppermint candies
- red & green M&M’s
- holiday sprinkles
- mint oreos
- Festive combination for Thanksgiving or Christmas:
- chopped dried cranberries
- roasted chopped walnuts or pecans
- pretzel sticks
- For swirled chocolate bark:
- Melt 10 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Do the same with 6 oz. of white chocolate. Pour the dark chocolate into your parchment paper filled baking dish, and spread with a spatula. Lightly drizzle the white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate. Swirl the two chocolates together with a table knife. Cool, harden, and cut.
- For layered chocolate bark:
- Melt 8 oz. of semi sweet, milk, or dark chocolate in the parchment paper filled baking dish. Refrigerate to harden. In a separate bowl, melt 8 oz. of white chocolate. Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate in the pan, and spread to the edges. Add toppings of your choice.
- For Rocky Road bark:
- sliced or chopped almonds
- mini marshmallows
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White Chocolate Bark Recipe Sources
- 9 x 13 Pyrex baking dish
- parchment paper
- red spatula
- white chocolate bars
- Valentine’s M&M’s
- heart sprinkles
- clear cellophane bags
- red & white twine
- pink & white twine
- red plaid towel (similar)
White Chocolate Bark Recipe
- 16 oz. white chocolate (bars or morsels)
- 12-15 thin Oreo cookies
- Valentine's M&M's
- pink and/or red sprinkles
- Carefully break 12 to 15 thin Oreo cookies into pieces. Set aside.
- Line a 9 x 13 inch microwave safe baking dish with parchment paper.
- Place the 16 oz. of white chocolate in the pan.
- In one minute increments, heat the chocolate in the microwave, stirring well in between.
- The white chocolate should be melted and easily spread to the sides of the pan.
- Evenly distribute the oreo pieces on the melted chocolate. Try to avoid crumbs.
- Add the M&M's.
- Add sprinkles (if desired.)
- With a spatula, gently press the cookies, M&M's, and sprinkles into the chocolate.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until hardened.
- Remove from pan and break into pieces.
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