Snowman chocolate bark for a sweet Winter and Christmas treat.
Please arrive winter. I am the only one that likes you, I know, so come to me. Let me appreciate your gorgeous quiet. As I’m typing, it’s gray and drizzling non-snow (ie. rain) and there are way too many fall colors out there. Also as I’m typing, my two year old is trying to type on the keyboard, so that’s a snapshot of trying to blog while staying home with kids.
This snowman chocolate bark is meant to lure the snow. And it would also make a great treat to serve with cocoa. Or to give as a Christmas gift. Or Hannukkah gift. Or “hey, it’s winter!” gift.
Need more snow? Don’t forget the melting snowman cookie started right here back in ’08. (Or “aught-8” as fogies like me like to say.) Or make mustachioed marshmallow men. Or package snowman marshmallows with cocoa for another gift idea.
how to make snowman chocolate bark
you will need:*
2 cups milk or dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening (optional)
white candy melts
white non pareil sprinkles
black and orange candy color OR black and orange food writers
small paint brush
*Find the candy melts, sprinkles, candy color, food writers and liner-size paint brush in the craft store. See below for more supplies. TIP: Orange and black food writers would be easier to use and would work, but they wouldn’t be as vibrant on the candy melts.
what to do:
Line a baking tray with wax paper and set aside. Have your white candy melts, pretzel sticks and sprinkles ready.
Place the chocolate chips and shortening (if using, it thins the chocolate for better consistency, but it isn’t necessary) in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and continue to microwave at 30 second, then 15 second, intervals until fully melted and smooth when stirred well.
Spread on the baking tray. Tip: Use a large offset spatula greased with shortening to help spread the chocolate. You won’t fill up the entire tray, just spread to fill about 80 percent of the tray. Immediately assemble three white candy melts for each snowman scattered across the chocolate. Add pretzel stick arms. Sprinkle white sprinkles over the chocolate.
Place a few drops of black and orange candy color on a piece of wax paper. Use the paint brush to paint faces and carrots on each snowman OR use the edible writers. The edible writers are much easier and dry more quickly, but they are less vibrant on the candy melts.
Let the tray sit at room temperature to set about an hour, or place in the refrigerator to set about 30 minutes. Cut the bark into pieces around the snowmen. Let set fully at room temperature or in the fridge.