You'll love making this Easy Gluten Free Bark Candy for holiday cookie exchanges or as a homemade Christmas gift. It’s such an easy way to get rid of those odd little bits of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and whatever else you may have in the pantry.
Also, when you make chocolate bark candy with dried fruit, nuts and gluten free Frosted Cheerios cereal, it's somewhat of a guilt free chocolate bark recipe.
If you’re looking to make some candy bark recipes with the kids over the holiday break, making a batch of Easy Gluten Free Bark Candy is a fun family activity, too!
Best chocolate for making Chocolate Bark Candy
Normally, I’d suggest you pick the best dark chocolate for candy bark recipes. However, working with regular chocolate can be tricky since you must temper it when you melt it. If you don’t, it may not set up properly, could get blotchy (called “bloom”), or will have an uneven, matte appearance.
Midwest Living has a Cheater’s Guide to Tempering Chocolate, if you’re interested in working with dark, high quality chocolate.
Ghiradelli’s chocolate wafers comes in dark chocolate and white chocolate varieties. Not only are the melting wafers easy to measure out for your Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Bark Candy recipe, they taste great!
WARNING: A reader pointed out to me that according to the label Ghiradelli *may* contain wheat. My guess is because it's made on machinery that is used to manufacture products that contain wheat.
So, if you have celiacs or a wheat allergy, avoid Ghiradelli Melting Wafers and use another brand or an allergy free chocolate like Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini-Chips.
Tips on how to make chocolate bark
Can’t find salted plantain chips at your supermarket for this bark candy recipe? (Look in the “bag your own” dried fruit, candy and nuts section.) Then make your own homemade chips using my Healthy Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways recipe or use banana chips instead.
The chopped dried fruit should be the size of the cranberries and Cheerios. If they’re too big, it’ll be hard to break the candy bark into pieces.
If you’ve never drizzled melted chocolate before, you have to use The Kitchn’s plastic bag technique. It works like a dream!
Make sure to use a thick freezer baggie and take it slow – 30 seconds at 50% power – to melt the chocolate wafers. You’ll find this works so well that you’ll want to start drizzling chocolate on more than chocolate bark candy.
Have you tried parchment paper sheets? They’re precut and fit your cookie baking sheet perfectly. I always tear either too much or too little parchment paper off the roll when I’m baking. Since they’re precut, I don’t waste any paper. LOVE IT!
Giving chocolate bark candy as a homemade gift
Here are a few ways chocolate bark candy is perfect for a homemade gift giving any time throughout the year
Buy some cute treat gift boxes at the craft store for friends, relatives and/or teachers.
Put the pieces in a ziplock baggies or cellophane party bags tied with ribbons. Then print out labels and attach them to the baggies or bags. For more packaging ideas, check out my Wrapping Ideas for Edible Gifts board on Pinterest.
Click on the “Print Recipe” icon and include the Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Bark Candy recipe in your card along with your homemade gift. Teachers, friends and relatives love recipes!
Love chocolate candy bark recipes? Try my:
- Healthy Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark
- Vanilla Candy Bark with Dried Fruit, Pumpkin Seeds & Spicy Bacon Jerky
- Chocolate Orange Pistachio Bark
Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Bark Candy
- 1 cup gluten free Frosted Cheerios
- 1/2 cup chopped salted plantain chips
- 1/2 cup chopped dried mango
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped dried papaya
- 24 ounces chocolate bark candy coating
- 1/2 cup white chocolate melting wafers
- Place a large cookie sheet in your freezer for an hour until well chilled.
- In a large bowl, mix Frosted Cheerios, plantain chips, dried mango, cranberries, and papaya.
- Remove 1 1/2 cups of cereal and fruit mixture and set aside.
- Remove cookie sheet from freezer and line with parchment paper.
- Melt candy coating according to directions.
- Stir melted chocolate candy coating into the cereal and fruit mixture.
- Spread mixture onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Use the back of a spatula to spread the mixture to the edges of the baking sheet.
- Once spread, sprinkle on remaining cereal and fruit mixture and gently press on to the surface with your hand.
- Melt white chocolate. Drizzle over bark.
- Place finished bark into freezer until solid – 30 minutes.
- Break into pieces.
- Serving size: varies
Originally published on March 7, 2016. Updated with new pictures and information.