My daughter and I had so much putting this reindeer chocolate bark recipe! This is an easy treat to make with kids during the holidays. It’s the perfect activity to do at home. Your kids will have a blast and it will get you right into the Christmas spirit.
Reindeer Chocolate Bark Ingredients
All you need are five simple ingredients to make this reindeer chocolate bark recipe (and maybe some Christmas background music):
- 70% dark chocolate (I used 2 cups to make one baking sheet of reindeer bark)
- Pretzels for the antlers
- Slivered almonds for the eyes
- Red and green candy for the noses
- Crushed candy cane for extra decoration (I bought mine already crushed but you could crush a candy cane using a bag and rolling pin as well)
I bought all my ingredients from a local bulk store. This made it easy to buy really small quantities, so I didn’t have a lot of excess lying around afterward.
How To Make Reindeer Chocolate Bark Chocolate
The first step is to melt your chocolate. I always use the double boiler method.
Here’s how it works:
- Take a small pot and fill it with water. Find a medium or large bowl that will sit on top of the pot but not touch the water. This bowl should be glass or pyrex. Pour in the chocolate.
- Heat the water over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Overtime, the heat from the boiling water will melt the chocolate, but not burn it. You can stir it occasionally to help speed up the process.
Once that’s done, you can pour the chocolate onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I also poured some into a glass dish for my daughter to make her own version.
You can tap and tilt the tray to help smooth out the chocolate. Let it sit for a couple minutes, then start decorating!
First, start making the reindeer shapes: almond slivers for eyes, pretzels for antlers, candy for the nose. To make the eyeballs, I took a toothpick and dipped it in the chocolate, and dotted on the eyes. Then after that, sprinkle the crushed candy cane around the reindeer shapes.
Once you’re happy with everything, place it in the fridge to cool completely for at least 2 hours.
To make your reindeer bark you can use a knife to cut around the reindeer shapes or break it apart with your hands.
After you’ve enjoyed a few pieces, place the rest in a sealed bag and store in the fridge or freezer. This will keep them from melting and they’ll last longer.
Guys these are so fun and I hope you enjoy making them! Tag me in your photos on instagram if you do (@madebyandi).
Reindeer Chocolate Bark
- 3 cups 70% dark chocolate
- ½ cup pretzels - cut in half
- 1 Tbsp red and green candies
- 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
- 2 Tbsp crushed candy cane
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray non-stick cooking spray.
- Prepare the reindeer shapes, cut pretzels in half. Put all candies into bowls for easy access.
- Using the double boiler method on the stove, melt the chocolate.
- Pour melted chocolate onto baking sheet. Tap gently and move it from side to side to help it spread evenly. Let sit for 3-4 minutes before decorating.
- Assemble your reindeer by placing to halved pretzels for the antlers, two slivered almonds for eyes, and a green or red candy for the nose. Using a toothpick, gently dip somewhere in the chocolate and use that to dot the almonds to create the eyes.
- Sprinkle on crushed candy cane around the reindeer. Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours until fully hardened. Remove and slice around reindeer shapes with a knife to create the chocolate bark.
- Store in an airtight container or bag in a cool place, fridge or freezer.
Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.