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

Easy Christmas Dessert Idea

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

What’s in Loaded Christmas Bark? 

To make this easy Christmas dessert, you’ll need: 

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

How to Make Christmas Bark

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then scatter the Oreos, pretzels, peanuts. Evenly drizzle the mixture with melted chocolate. 

Before chocolate sets, evenly top with the M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles. 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. Peanut butter cups, leftover Halloween candy — 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 

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.

Loaded Christmas Bark
Yield: about 2 pounds bark

Loaded Christmas Bark

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

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!!

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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