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Christmas Bark Candy

This quick-to-fix candy is sure to please all ages when added to a homemade cookie tray. We show two versions here: vanilla chips with colorful miniature baking bits and milk chocolate chips with broken pretzels. Create your own variations using different flavored chips and add-ins such as crushed candy canes, dried fruits or crunchy nuts.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 1 pound


  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) vanilla or white chips or 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups M&M's minis or pretzel sticks


  • In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt chips with oil; stir until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in M&M's or pretzels. Spread onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with an 850-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 ounce-weight: 127 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • jdog31399
    May 11, 2014

    I make this every year. My mom always searches for it when I bring candy and cookies to her house at Christmas time.

  • Lil_kitty_cook
    Nov 30, 2013

    Amazing tryin this

  • tera taylor
    Apr 11, 2013


  • cookmama300
    Nov 20, 2011

    I made this recipe last year and I'm looking forward to making it again. It makes great teacher gifts. I also made one with chocolate and craisens. This was a big hit. And the one with crushed candy canes was good too.

  • ArtsyErin
    Jan 1, 2011

    I have looked for this recipe for many years after the candy was shared with me in 1997. I used almond bark rather than chips, and that worked well. I also mixed M&M's and pretzels because I love the sweet and salty combo. I'll be making this next year to give as a gift to friends! I can't believe how easy it was, but it doesn't appear that way.

  • bobbyb
    Dec 14, 2010

    The children love it and it is quick to make.

  • ladyluckXIII
    Dec 8, 2010

    made this w/white choc chips for xmas last year; everyone loved it. my sis just asked me for the recipe so she could make it for her office party this year

  • rat3
    Nov 20, 2010

    make this every year all the chocolate lovers can't get enough of this christmas bark cand and it is easy to make!!!!!!