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Loaded Christmas Bark — This EASY, no-bake chocolate bark is LOADED with goodies!! Oreos, M&M’s, peanuts, pretzels, and sprinkles! Great for holiday parties and cookie exchanges! Salty, sweet, and addictively good!!

five big pieces of christmas bark on a white platter

No-Bake Chocolate Christmas Bark

Christmas bark is something I remember fondly from childhood. Except the kind my mom and the neighbor ladies made wasn’t quite as doctored up as this version. ‘Tis the season and the more goodies the merrier is the way I look at it. Fa la la la la.

This is a ridiculously easy no-bake treat with Oreos, pretzels, peanuts, M&Ms, white chocolate chips, and holiday sprinkles all embedded into dark chocolate. In this busy season, the words “no-bake” are Santa’s gifts to me.

It’s salty, sweet, and crunchy with so much texture and flavor in every bite. It hits all my dessert hot buttons and is perfect for cookie exchanges or impromptu holiday parties.

christmas bark topped with M&M's, white chocolate chips, and festive sprinkles

Ingredients in Christmas Bark Candy

To make this easy no-bake Christmas treat, you’ll need: 

  • Oreos 
  • Pretzels
  • Salted peanuts
  • Chocolate (semi-sweet or dark) 
  • Holiday M&M’s
  • White chocolate chips
  • Holiday sprinkles 

What’s the Best Chocolate for Christmas Bark? 

I use Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Bars because they melt beautifully and are well-priced. Specifically I use one-half pound of the 72% and one-half pound of the Dark.

If you can’t find it in your area, look for chocolate candy melts or try buying chocolate in bulk bins that looks like small discs.

As a last resort, use semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips because chocolate chips have stabilizers in them cause the chocolate chips to resist easy melting.

How to Make Christmas Bark

This has got to be the easiest Christmas chocolate bark ever! Here’s a look at how the recipe comes together: 

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Scatter the Oreos, pretzels, peanuts over the parchment paper.
  3. Evenly drizzle the mixture with melted chocolate.
  4. Before chocolate sets, evenly top with the M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles.
  5. Let set until hardened before breaking and eating. 

close up of a piece of christmas bark candy

Can I Add Extra Toppings? 

Feel free to add whatever goodies you have on hand. I  made my Christmas bark with pretzels, M&M’s, and other goodies but peanut butter cups, leftover Halloween candy, etc. would also work — trash it up however you see fit.

Can I Double This Recipe? 

Absolutely! This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.

How to Store Chocolate Bark 

Bark will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the fridge for at least 1 month, and in the freezer for at least 4 months. I store mine in the fridge (it’s warm in San Diego even in the winter) and take it out about 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Loaded Christmas Bark - This EASY, no-bake chocolate bark is LOADED with goodies!! Oreos, M&M's, peanuts, pretzels, and sprinkles! Great for holiday parties and cookie exchanges! Salty, sweet, and addictively good!!

Tips for Making Christmas Bark Candy 

Tempering the chocolate: I did NOT temper the chocolate to make the chocolate bark and no one complained. Tempering the chocolate would make it shiny once set to room temperature and would also give it more of a snap.

If you know how to temper chocolate and have the patience to do it this holiday season, go for it. Otherwise the bark is so loaded with toppings that I don’t think it matters one way or another. 

Allergies: This is a very easy no-bake dessert to make allergy-friendly. Check the pretzels and other toppings to make sure they’re gluten-free, for example. Use your favorite vegan chocolate. Omit the peanuts if you have a peanut allergy, and so on. 

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Yield: about 2 pounds bark

Loaded Christmas Bark

Loaded Christmas Bark

This EASY, no-bake chocolate bark is LOADED with goodies!! Oreos, M&M's, peanuts, pretzels, and sprinkles! Great for holiday parties and cookie exchanges! Salty, sweet, and addictively good!!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 12 Oreos, quartered
  • about 1 1/2 cups pretzels, coarsely chopped or broken
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 pound semi-sweet or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Bars; one-half pound of the 72% and one-half pound of the Dark; read blog post for tips)
  • 1/2 cup holiday colored M&Ms (I used plain but you can use peanut or your favorite variety)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • about 3 to 4 tablespoons holiday colored sprinkles, or as desired

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scatter the Oreos, pretzels, peanuts, and toss with your hands to mix. The dry ingredients should be touching but not overlapping; set aside.
  2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the chocolate and heat on high power for 30 seconds to melt. Stop to check and stir. Reheat in 15 second bursts until chocolate can be stirred smooth.
  3. Evenly drizzle the chocolate over the dry mixture on baking sheet. If there are stray dry ingredients around the perimeter that didn’t get coated with chocolate, it’s okay to toss them on top of the chocolate so they adhere.
  4. Before chocolate sets, evenly sprinkle the M&Ms, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles.
  5. Place tray in fridge or freezer until chocolate sets before breaking into pieces and serving.

Notes

Storage: Bark will keep airtight at room temp for up to 2 weeks, in the fridge for at least 1 month, and in the freezer for at least 4 months. I store mine in the fridge (it’s warm in San Diego even in the winter) and take it out about 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 26gProtein: 4g

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  1. I just made this colorful bark. It was super easy, and looks just like Christmas! The only ingredient I changed, was using salted mixed nuts instead of peanuts. Thank you! Have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! The salted nut mix was great I’m sure!

  2. We just made this bark, and it was a big hit and so easy to make. It’s also super festive! Thank you for the recipe, which we will make year after year. Merry Christmas!

  3. Wow! These are so delicious and simple. Thanks for this recipe – sometimes my little nieces and nephews don’t enjoy the more grown up desserts, but they sure do love these. Can’t wait to have them help me make another batch this week! Happy Holidays!

  4. This is perfect to munch on while watching Christmas movies! So thick and filled with goodies! Love it!

  5. I love TJs chocolate too. These are amazing, everything all in one! I know a few who would gobble these up!

  6. Oh my gosh. I feel a little woozy after looking at all these pictures – so many awesome things packed into one treat! If it wasn’t so late, I’d run out and grab all the chocolate I can get my hands on to start making these. :) Thank you for sharing!

  7. What a pretty bark! I love all of the goodies in this (not to mention how easy it is to make)! The perfect last minute gift or holiday treat!

  8. I’ve never seen a more loaded bark recipe–this has it all!! Lots of good stuff covered in chocolate and very festive. It looks like it comes out fairly thick too (great for sinking one’s teeth into)!

    1. It comes out nice and thick so you can really sink your teeth into it. If you’ve ever had Trader Joe’s Cowboy Bark, it reminds me of that, but with holiday flavors, more loaded up, richer, and a bit thicker too because of all the goodies it accommodates :)