Learn how to make candy bark that is perfect for patriotic holidays like July 4th. It’s a fun red, white, and blue dessert that kids will enjoy making with you.
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What Is Candy Bark?
Candy bark is a fun way to melt different colors of candy melts, add sprinkles and other edible decorations, and create yummy works of art.
It can be therapeutic as you create new designs each time. It’s also a really fun type of edible craft that kids enjoy making too.
How To Make Candy Bark
The idea behind candy bark is pretty simple. You basically add different colors of candy melts together and mix in your favorite candies and toppings.
Keep reading – I have step-by-step pictures that show you every single step. Then, at the end of the post, I have a printable recipe card with all of the steps in one place.
Tools & Supplies You’ll Need
Here are the supplies that you’ll need before you start.
Candy Bark Ingredients
Be creative and use your favorite red, white, and blue candies. Here is what I used in my candy bark.
- White Candy Melts
- Blue Candy Melts
- Red Candy Melts
- Patriotic Skittles
- Red & Blue M&Ms
- Patriotic Star Sprinkles
- Mini Oreos
Candy Bark Tips
Since all of the steps are in the printable recipe card, I’ll just share the step-by-step pictures here, along with some really helpful tips and tricks that I found.
Spread The White Candy Melt Evenly
The easiest way to spread the white candy melt out is with a rubber spatula. You could also use a flat tool from your cake decorating supplies, if you have one.
The thinner you spread out the white candy melt, the quicker it will set.
Create A Marbled Look
This marbled style is completely optional, but I think it makes the candy bark look like tie dye. I love it! To get that look all you have to do is pipe some red and blue candy melts on top. Then, slowly drag a wooden skewer through the layers of melted chocolate.
You’ll see the colors begin to run into each other.
How To Store Candy Bark
As long as your kitchen isn’t really hot, you can store this on your countertop at room temperature.
If you think your kitchen will be pretty warm, then it might be a good idea to keep it in the refrigerator.
Can You Freeze Candy Bark?
Yes, you can freeze the candy bark. Candy bark will stay fresh in the freezer for about 6 months.
Invite your family and friends over and have a candy bark making party! This is a fun dessert and it looks so festive on your dessert table on the 4th of July.
How To Make Candy Bark
- Baking Sheet
- Wax Paper
- Rubber Spatula
- Double Broiler
- Disposable Piping Bags
- Wooden Skewer
- 1 bag White Candy Melts
- 1 bag Blue Candy Melts
- 1 bag Red Candy Melts
- 1 bag Patriotic Skittles
- 1 bag Red & Blue M&Ms
- 1 bag Patriotic Star Sprinkles
- 1 bag Mini Oreos
- Preheat your oven to the lowest temp (170).
- Line your cookie sheet with wax paper and set it aside.
- Cut a few Oreos in half, set aside.
- Add some water into 1 pot and place onto the stove on medium to high heat.
- Place the second pot on top and add the white candy melts.
- Using the rubber spatula, mix until fully melted.
- Pour chocolate onto the wax paper and use your spatula to spread the candy melt.
- Wash out the top pot and dry thoroughly to melt the red candy melt.
- Once the red candy melt is melted, add into 1 one of the piping bags.
- Repeat with the blue candy melt.
- Place cookie sheet into the oven for 5 minutes to soften the white candy melt.
- Once both the red and blue candy melt have been melted, pull out the cookie sheet from the oven, cut the tips off the bags and drizzle the colors around the white candy melt on the sheet.
- Using the skewer, pull through the candy melt to make a Chevron effect.
- Place some Oreos around the candy melt.
- Add some red and blue Skittles, M & M’s and the star sprinkles.
- Let sit for 30 minutes before breaking and enjoying.
More Patriotic Recipes
Here are some more fun patriotic recipes that you can make to celebrate America!