M&M's Christmas Bark is quick and easy chocolate holiday treat loaded with white chocolate, pretzels, and plenty of M&M's!
Reminiscing on my childhood, there were a few telltale signs that the holiday season was upon us: We would drive to the nearby Christmas tree farm and chop down a fresh Christmas tree, my mom would decorate the house right after Thanksgiving, and then her KitchenAid mixer would adorn the kitchen counter to kick off the holiday baking projects.
The amount of baked goods we feasted on during the month of December seemed comparable only to scenes gazed upon in the Willy Wonka factory break room: An assortment of cookies, fudge, homemade snack mixes, and of course Christmas bark! Who needs to be a kid in the candy store when you have a mom like that!
Now that I am older, and have a family of my own, many of these traditions live on in my household. We still go to the same Christmas tree farm each year, Christmas decorations are held at bay until after the Turkey has been digested, and I'm making M&M's Christmas Bark to kick off the holiday baking this year! Though it was only recently I got my own KitchenAid mixer. Because let's be honest, a food blogger without a stand mixer is like a NASCAR driver without a steering wheel.
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How to Make Christmas Bark
My Christmas Bark recipe is very versatile. I like the bright punch Peppermint M&M's add to the bark, but any of your favorite M&M's would work well. Peanut Butter M&M's would be another great choice! I like making Christmas bark with pretzels for the salty crunch it lends to the treat. Once made, you can cut it in any sized configuration you wish. I like my pieces to be 2-3" wide in each direction.
How to Store Christmas Bark
These can be placed in a Ziploc bag and snacked on throughout the month of December. As long as your kitchen doesn't get hot enough to melt the chocolate you can store Christmas Bark in your cupboard. Otherwise, they will keep well in a sealed container in the fridge too.
M&M's Christmas Bark
- 20 oz White Chocolate
- 4 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 cups Pretzel Sticks
- ½ cup M&M's Milk Chocolate plus more for sprinkling
- ½ cup M&M's® Peppermint plus more for sprinkling
- Add white chocolate and vegetable oil together in a saucepan or microwave safe bowl and melt, stirring as needed.
- Let chocolate cool slightly.
- Sprinkle pretzels and M&M's evenly on parchment paper placed on a large baking pan (11"x17") and gently pour chocolate over the top.
- Spread mixture out evenly and sprinkle additional M&M's® over the top as desired.
- Place in the fridge for 10 minutes, or until hardened.
- Chop M&M's® Christmas bark into desired serving sizes and enjoy!
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com November 25, 2015.
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