Gluten Free Christmas Bark Candy Recipes

by Carol Kicinski on December 13, 2011

Gluten Free Recipes - Christmas Bark Candy When it comes to gift giving, it is hard to go wrong with chocolate, it is gluten free, heavenly, and in my opinion, the food of love! And there is something so special about giving someone something you made yourself.

Now, I am no candy maker or chocolatier but I can make bark. And if I can make bark, anyone can make bark!

Here are two simple, holiday appropriate chocolate bark recipes you can whip up in minutes. A little bag or box of bark makes a great hostess gift; it can be shared with others at the party or saved and savored later.

Anyone can go out and buy a box of chocolates and anyone can make bark. I ask you, what would you prefer to give or get?

Gluten Free Recipes | Christmas Bark Candy

Gluten Free Christmas Bark Candy Recipes

Ingredients

Pistachio Cranberry Bark Recipe

One 11 ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 ½ cups roasted, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped
1 cup dried cranberries

Candy Cane Bark

½ cup peppermint candy or broken candy canes
One 11 ounce bag of bittersweet chocolate chips
One 11 ounce bag of white chocolate chips

Directions

Pistachio Cranberry Bark Recipe

Line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment or waxed paper.

Place the semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until most of the chips are melted, about 2 minutes.   Alternately you can put the chips in a heatproof  bowl over a pan of barley simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate.  Stir until all the chips are melted and the chocolate is smooth and glossy. Add 1 cup of the pistachios to the chocolate and stir to combine. Pour onto the paper and spread into an even layer with a spatula about an eight or a quarter inch thick.
Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until they start to melt, about 1 ½ minutes.  Alternately you can put the chips in a heatproof  bowl over a pan of barley simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of the white chocolate here and there with a spoon onto the semisweet chocolate. With a knife or back of a spoon swirl the white chocolate into the semisweet. Sprinkle the rest of the pistachios and the cranberries over the top. Let col. Place in the refrigerator until hard, about half an hour. Cut or break into irregular sized and shaped pieces.

Candy Cane Bark

Line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment or waxed paper.

Put the candy or broken candy canes into a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or heavy skillet until you have small pieces.

Place the bittersweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until most of the chips are melted, about 2 minutes.   Alternately you can put the chips in a heatproof  bowl over a pan of barley simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate.  Stir until all the chips are melted and the chocolate is smooth and glossy. Pour onto the paper and spread into an even layer with a spatula about an eight or a quarter inch thick.

Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high until they start to melt, about 2 minutes.   Alternately you can put the chips in a heatproof  bowl over a pan of barley simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water) and melt the chocolate.  Stir until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of the white chocolate here and there with a spoon onto the semisweet chocolate. With a knife or back of a spoon swirl the white chocolate into the bittersweet. Sprinkle the candy pieces over the chocolates. Let col. Place in the refrigerator until hard, about half an hour. Cut or break into irregular sized and shaped pieces.

Two gluten free recipes sure to make fabulous gifts (if only for yourself)!

Servings

This gluten free recipe serves 12.

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jas @ the gluten free scallywag December 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

these are gorgeous Carol, I’d much prefer some of these over the bought chocolates, they’e be so cute if kids decorated them too – I have visions of hundreds and thousands everywhere! So simple to make too!

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Carol Kicinski December 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Thanks Jas!

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Maggie December 14, 2011 at 6:39 am

Homemade all the way! I think my kids would LOVE to make the candy cane bark. Thanks for the idea Carol. We’ll definitely be doing this. xo

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Carol Kicinski December 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thanks Maggie – def a good thing to make with the kids, so easy :)

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Angie Halten December 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

This is so beautiful. I would love to receive this as a gift.

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Carol Kicinski December 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thank you Angie!

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Donna December 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Yum! I would love to receive as a gift and nice to know it is easy enough for me to make and give!

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Carol Kicinski December 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Thanks Donna and yep – easy peasy :)

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InTolerant Chef December 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Haha! I have a post on bark this week too! Great minds certainly think alike Carol!

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Janet December 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

These look wonderful – but it be helpful if you inlcuded the brand of chips that you used, I know Hershey’s Chocolate Chips are GF but I am sure of a brand that makes GF White Chocolate Chips.
Thanks.

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Carol Kicinski December 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

According to Nestle, Nestle’s Premium White Chocolate Chips are gluten free – note that I said the Premium chips. And good point, thanks for bringing that up!

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Donna December 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Thanks…that was fast!

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Janet December 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

Thank you so much! I will definately make these!

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Donna December 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Are chocolate chips gluten free?

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Megan H. December 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I love the joy of giving that comes from this time of year and spending time w/family and friends. It brings a real closeness that is special during the holidays.

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Jen December 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

A lot of the time, roasted nuts ARE NOT gluten free…often contaminated so you do have to be careful. Just wanted to let people know re: the pistachios, you have to be careful and may want to go with something else, add your own salt to raw nuts perhaps?

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Carol Kicinski December 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

Hi Jen – yes good point. Always need to check to make sure the nuts are not processed with wheat, etc.

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