Intro: Rainbow "Unicorn" Chocolate Bark
I love rainbows, I just do, and it has become pretty popular on the internet to make everything rainbow-ized. Some seem a little silly, but most are very appealing. I've become interested in making chocolate barks recently, so I knew I needed to make rainbow bark. I wasn't sure how this would turn out when I started, but I absolutely love the outcome!
It isn't really chocolate bark, as it isn't made with chocolate, but you can experiment and see what you come up with!
Check out how to make this very beautiful and tasty rainbow bark dessert! Also, check out this collection to find more rainbow desserts!
PS: White chocolate and almond bark are not technically chocolate, but Rainbow Chocolate Bark sounded like a good name for this :)
Step 1: Supplies
You can change up what you use for your base, but it is going to need to be white so you can dye it rainbow colors. You, unfortunately, can't use milk or dark chocolate. I'm also going to make suggestions for toppings as there are so many things you can do!
- 24oz pkg. Vanilla Almond Bark / or / White Chocolate (you can do as much or little as you want, I actually used 22oz because I had used one cube of my package for something else)
- Candy Food Colors - DO NOT use water-based food coloring
- White Sprinkles*
- Cereal Marshmallows - or buy Lucky Charms and pull out all the marshmallows
*As you may notice, I have rainbow sprinkles in the first image that I did not use. I originally planned on using them, but when it came time to put them on, I was having second thoughts about how bright they were. Luckily, my friend Renee came by and dug through the sprinkles we have at Pier9 and found the white sprinkles in the second image. I thought those looked great with all the colors!
- Oil-based Flavoring - no water-based extracts, or go for it, the almond bark doesn't really need to be runny anyway
- Edible Glitter
- Edible Silver Stars
- Candy Crystals
- Little Microwave-safe bowls - one for each color you want to use
- Butter knives or spoons - I didn't want to glob my colors on, so knives were nice for this rather than spoons
- Silpat Mat + Pan - or wax paper, but baking mats are just awesome to have around; Artisan baking mats work too
- Fridge (optional but I recommend it)
Step 2: Melt and Mix Colors
Time to melt your almond bark. You can choose to separate it first or melt it first. I decided to separate it out first.
Divide your almond bark or white chocolate evenly between bowls. You should have one bowl for each color (I had six: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple). If you use almond bark, it is already divided into handy cubes and you can use two cubes per color.
Once all the colors are melted, add in the colors. Start with less and add more if you need it. Remember, you can add color, but you can't take it away. I went with more pastel colors, but you can make them darker.
Step 3: Make the Bark
Okay, time to make your rainbow bark. I made this up as I went, but I'm happy with how it turned out. Hopefully, I can describe the process so it makes sense.
I decided to add all the colors a little at a time. What I did was, I put globs of red on (image 1), then orange, then yellow, etc. until I had gone through all the colors once (image 2). Then I did this again. I did this about 4 or 5 times. So only use about 1/4 or 1/5 of each color as you go through. As you go, try to fill in all the gaps/holes, but don't smear it. I did not want to mix the colors or marbleize it. You can if you want, but I like this glob effect more.
Since you won't be sure how much space it will take up on your baking mat, I suggest starting closer to the center, filling in all the gaps, and then just going out from the edges until you run out of colors.
Once you have all the colors down, it is time to decorate it. Like I mentioned in the supplies step, I topped my bark with cereal marshmallows and white sprinkles. In my opinion, you really can't add too many marshmallows because they are tasty AND some of them will break off when you break up the bark, so it is better to have more than too little. I think each bite of bark should have 1 - 3 marshmallows in it for deliciousness.
After the marshmallows are on, carefully push them into the bark. You want them to stay on. You don't have to shove them down, but at least give them a light tap.
Lastly, sprinkle on any sprinkles or edible glitter you are using.
You can let it sit out to harden, but this takes a long, long time. I put mine in the fridge for about half an hour.
Step 4: Done!
After about half an hour, it will be hard and ready to go! I could tell because it was starting to curl up.
You can cut it or break it into pieces. Enjoy!
Above you can also see a picture of the back of the bark. I love how the colors are just tucked together.
If you want to try to make an easier version of this, I suggest using half of your almond bark and just making a white base. Then, you can separate out the bark you have left, color it, and drizzle that over the white base.
Step 5: Eat It!
Or just stare at it because it is mesmerizing.
Look at it from the side. I love how the colors just merge into each other!