Part of the fun of winter holidays is spending time on baking projects with our kids. In my family we celebrate Christmas so we like all things red and green. The kiddos will come running to the kitchen when you tell them you’re making no-bake Jolly Grinch Bark. Oh, the memories you’ll make with them!
Why Jolly? Well, even as mean and nasty as the Grinch can be, I imagine he and Cindy Lou Who would cheerfully make, eat and then share Grinch Bark with all of Whoville.
Making swirled bark is ridiculously easy and it isn’t time consuming so it will hold the attention of a 4-year-old until the very end. You can typically get the few ingredients you need all from one store like Walmart, Target or your grocery market. (Although, I do have an addiction to buying holiday sprinkles from HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Marshalls.) For an extra crunch, add crispy rice cereal like Rice Krispies.
- Red or Green candy melts
- White candy melts
- Crispy rice cereal
- Sprinkles (The Almas Sprinkle Mix from Walmart is good.)
- Wax paper
Festive bark is a memorable treat for gift-giving. Remember teachers, principals (it never hurts to get a few points here) the mailman, UPS delivery person and your neighbors who let you know when your dog is out running around the neighborhood or you left your garage door open.
EASE: Easy to make
PROS: Fun, seasonal and kids can make it
WOULD I MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes
It’s fun to buy three or four different colors of candy melts and make several festive batches of bark. I’ve switched it up using pink, red and white for Sweetheart Bark for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re wondering what the caramel snack mix is above, it is my Butterscotch Caramel Sea Salt Pretzel Ball Snack Mix.
Sweet and Grinchy wishes,
Jolly Crunchy Grinch Bark
- wax paper
- 12 ounces red or green candy melts
- 6 ounces white candy melts or almond bark
- ½ cup crispy rice cereal, I use Rice Krispies
- ½ cup red, green, white sprinkles
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- In separate pots, melt the red (or green) candy melts and the white candy melts according to package directions.
- Once the red (or green) candy melts are melted and smooth, stir in the crispy rice cereal.
- Spread the red (or green) candy melt onto the parchment paper, not all the way to the edges of the baking sheet – it’s approximately a 9”x9” square.
- Using a spoon, drop small dollops of the melted white candy onto the red mixture.
- Using a toothpick or knife, gently swirl the white into the red, making figure eights to make swirl patterns. Work quickly so it doesn't harden in this step.
- Top with sprinkles. Let bark set for 2 hours. Cut or break into pieces. Store at room temperature or freeze.
All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets