St Patrick’s day, also known as the feast of St Patrick, is a religious and cultural celebration that takes place on the 17th of March. This is the traditional death date of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is a day that is celebrated all over the world in many different ways, however, there is usually one common theme and that is the color green.
It is a great day to spend with family and friends, and often food is the center of these celebrations. So you may be on the hunt for some St Patrick’s day themed goodies. I have got a great recipe for you. St Patrick’s day bark is a lovely treat the whole family will enjoy. It looks great, it tastes delicious and it is simple and straightforward to make. It can be a real show-stopper as well and is the ideal thing to pull out to wow your guests. So if you are looking for a great recipe that oozes the theme of St Patrick’s day then read on to find out how to make the St Patrick’s Day bark.
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Ingredients needed to make the St Patrick’s Day bark
- 2 cups of white chocolate chips
- 1 oz of white almond bark and oil-based green food coloring or find some green candy melts
- ½ cup of lucky charms marshmallows
- Green & gold edible glitter
- Holiday-themed sprinkles or if you are struggling to find any then stick with the color theme.
How to make the St Patrick’s Day bark
Now that you have all of your ingredients ready it is time to create the St Patrick’s Day bark. Here is the method to follow.
- Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for 30-second intervals and stir until the chocolate is melted and completely smooth.
- Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet ready for the next step.
- Melt the almond bark and food coloring or candy melts and drizzle over the white chocolate base. You can be as free-flowing as you want with this stage, it doesn’t have to be exact or a particular pattern.
- Place lucky charms marshmallows on bark and press them down lightly.
- Sprinkle on the themed sprinkles and edible glitter. Again you don’t have to be too regimented with the placing, it is all about being creative, so add as little or as much as you want to.
- Finally, place the decorated white chocolate bark into the refrigerator to set.
- Once it is set, break it up and enjoy!
Recipe notes and tips
While the recipe itself might be straightforward, I wanted to share with you some of the recipe notes and tips that could make creating this delicious Leprechaun Bark even easier.
- Have all the ingredients weighed out and ready. This means there is no worry about the chocolate starting to set while you are finding the sprinkles or edible glitter to decorate it with. Having everything there will make this recipe simple to complete.
- This is likely to be a recipe that you can children involved with and they will love decorating the chocolate bark. Just keep an eye on them when they are using the edible glitter as this can get everywhere.
- Go crazy with the theme. You could seek out holiday-themed sprinkles or just be consistent with the colors to ensure that St Patricks Day is evident.
Variations to try
Like with many recipes there will always be variations to try. Here are a few suggestions.
- Don’t like white chocolate, not a problem. You could do this recipe with any chocolate you like. Just be mindful that the green food coloring might not show up as much as it will do with white chocolate.
- This bark recipe can work with any theme. Switch out the green for red, and find heart-shaped sprinkles and you can have yourself Valentine’s Day chocolate bark, or even try red white and blue for a 4th of July themed party. Or you could look at using a multitude of colors and have a rainbow theme instead. This could work with anything, so once you have the chocolate bark method perfected, it really could become your statement recipe.
- If you can’t find St Patrick’s day themed sprinkles then just stick with the color theme to emphasize that the bark is to represent St Patrick.
- If you can’t get hold of lucky charms marshmallows then normal small marshmallows will work fine.
- Add green sweets for something a little different. Or you could add crumpled-up biscuits for a different texture. The idea is that you can make this your own, so if you haven’t got the exact ingredients think outside of the box. It can be different every time you make it.
There will always be frequently asked questions and if I haven’t managed to cover them above then here are some of the common questions that you might have answered. However, if there is anything else you would like to know then don’t hesitate to leave a comment or get in touch through social media.
Can it be made ahead of time?
As the St Patrick’s Day bark needs time to set in the refrigerator, the longer you leave this to do the better. So it will always be advised to make this ahead of when you need it for your guests. Doing it the day before would be best, but as it is chocolate it will last a few days in the fridge if needed.
How should I store the St Patrick’s Day bark?
It would be advisable to store the St Patricks Bark in an airtight container in your fridge. You can leave it solid or break it up so that it can be easily reached should anyone need a sugar fix.
How long will the St Patrick’s Day bark last?
I don’t see that the St Patricks Day bark will last too long as it is so delicious, but, if you can contain the temptation to eat it all in one sitting, then you can store it as suggested above for up to 2 weeks.
Enjoy your St Patrick’s Day bark.