Back in summer I posted a photo of some multi-coloured bark I’d made on Instagram and so many people asked for a post on it but in classic me fashion I never got round to it, so I thought I’d give you a new christmassy version until yellows/pinks/blues are back in again! You can check out my other festive bark recipes here
Before we start I just wanted to add a quick note re: food colouring, as we’re working with chocolate it is important to get a gel/paste as a water based dye will make the chocolate seize. I tried the Dr. Oetker Gel and that even contained too much water so I had to add quite a bit of oil to balance it out- I’d suggest a trip to Hobbycraft (or a local bake store if you have one!) to pick up some ‘Rainbow Dust ProGel Food Colouring’ or the Wilton Icing Paste they sell- If you’re from the US you’ll probably be able to get your hands on good food colouring a lot easier, AmeriColor do plenty!
- 400g White Chocolate
- Green Gel Food Colouring (I used the Rainbow Dust Leafy green but would probably try get one a little brighter next time)
- Red Gel Food Colouring (I used the Dr. Oetker Gel but really WOULDN’T recommend it, see note above)
- Assortment of Red & Green sweets- I used smarties and Jelly Tots as it’s what we had in!
- Assortment of Red & Green sprinkles- I picked up some great festive ones from B&M
- Candy canes- You’ll need maybe 3 or 4, crushed up
- Line a large baking tray with parchment paper & clear enough space for it in the fridge
- Split the Chocolate into 3 microwavable jugs/bowls, one with 200g and two smaller with 100g each
- Melt the smaller two bowls of chocolate one at a time and set the larger aside
- Add the red and green food colouring a drop at a time to each of the smaller bowls, mixing thoroughly after each drop! Depending on the quality of your food colouring you may also need to add some vegetable oil at this point to prevent the chocolate from seizing. If the chocolate starts to re-solidify then pop it back into the microwave for a few seconds
- Once your chocolate’s are the desired melt the larger bowl which will remain white
- Pour blobs each of the melted chocolate onto the baking tray and then tilt the tray around until they level out
- Grab a skewer/ cocktail stick and drag it through the melted chocolate to create swirly patterns and mix the chocolates together (kinda- not to make a sludgy colour but just to combine them so they aren’t in completely distinct patches)
- Dot the sweets around the chocolate and then add the sprinkles until your hearts content!
- Place in the fridge until set, it shouldn’t take much longer than half an hour!
- Remove from the fridge and break up with your hands- if you want really precise pieces you could score lines into the chocolate with a knife before you put it into the fridge so it’ll be easier to break once set!
I apologise if this sounds complicated but it’s actually pretty easy and logical when you have everything in front of you- and there’s basically no way it can’t work, it’s just melted chocolate after all!
I honestly can’t believe Christmas has been and gone, I’m so not ready for the year to be over so I’m dragging out the festivities for as long as possible! My nephews are staying with us for a few more days so that’s helping to keep the holidays alive in our house. Plus the fact we’re still living of leftovers and copious amounts of cheese is definitely prolonging the festive feeling!
I hope you’ve had a fab Christmas- this is a great way to get rid of some of said leftovers- who can refuse something you’ve made yourself?!
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