Jelly Bean Bark Recipe
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Jelly Bean Bark Recipe

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Homemade Easter candy really doesn't get easier than this. It's so simple, all you need are three ingredients, a microwave and a pan! —Mavis Dement, Marcus, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/4 pounds white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups small jelly beans

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce: 154 calories, 5g fat (5g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Line a 15x10x1-in. pan with foil; grease foil with butter. In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Spread into prepared pan. Top with jelly beans, pressing to adhere. Let stand until set.
  2. Cut or break bark into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 pounds.
Originally published as Jelly Bean Bark in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p19

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 57684
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"I prepared this for the first time on 4/15/14. I used: 14-oz. package orange colored vanilla candy disks, 1 cup roasted peanuts, about 1/3 cup finely cut-up flavored gumdrops, and after melting the candy disks, I added 1/2 tsp. orange extract. I did use a jelly roll pan, lined the pan with the foil and greased the foil with the 1 Tbsp. butter. I bought regular-sized jelly beans & just used the regular colored jelly beans! The black ones I didn't use to top the candy bark. I chilled the bark in my refrigerator to really allow the candy to set. It does look really good! Thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home, Mavis Dement! delowenstein"

beckihomecki User ID: 1537566 145282
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"I was really surprised by this recipe. It seemed too simple to be good, but I like easy ones so I can make more things. I made this and was surprised at how tasty it was. It looks special and my kids loved it. I will probably make this every year now."

kharin23 User ID: 7611413 57681
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"I like any Taste of Home Recipes."

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 145039
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"This recipe was in the Apr/May 2014 issue of TOH - noting the dates of past reviews, it must have been posted previously too. Anyway, I am glad it was included in the magazine again. I halved the recipe and used dark chocolate instead of white. I splurged on gourmet jelly beans too. It was delicious! The color contrast between the jelly beans and the chocolate was probably not as distinct, but I really love my dark chocolate. If I make it again, I might try milk chocolate as my grandchildren would probably like that the most."

Roxyfox User ID: 5996506 131966
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"EAsy and cheap, but very sweet. Can only have a little bit at a time"

vajudybug User ID: 581753 56539
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"I have made this ever since it first came out in your magazine. It's so easy and colorful. Everyone loves it!"

Hipjane User ID: 197203 138498
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"This recipe is so easy;& it looks amazing!"

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