Having a holiday party? Need an easy dessert recipe? Make this Hot Chocolate Bark Candy recipe in 10 minutes, let it harden then serve!


Hot Cocoa Bark ~ Perfect for holiday parties and only takes 10 minutes to make!

One of the best things about the holidays are the parties with friends and family. I love getting together during this time of year and spending time with everyone. Beyond getting to spend time with friends and family the bonus to parties are the food and goodies! I usually go way above my limits and make about a dozen different treats during the holidays. Everything from cookies to fudge, if it’s sweet I am going to make it!

One of my go to treats for the holidays are my bark recipes. These are easy to make and you can make a bark with just about anything! I always make this I always make this Peppermint Bark recipe every year but today I am mixing it up with a different kind of bark, Hot Chocolate Bark. If you have never made bark you are in luck, it’s super easy! It’s almost fool proof. I always use this Almond Bark Chocolate , it’s easy to melt and tastes great! You just have to make sure you don’t scorch it but really all you do is melt it and spread it out flat.


Hot Cocoa Bark

Serves 24
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Christmas
This hot chocolate bark is easy to make and perfect for your holiday parties.


  • 12oz Almond Bark Chocolate
  • 4 Crushed Peppermint Candies
  • 2 tablespoons Hot Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Marshmallow Cream


Step 1
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2
Carefully melt the block of chocolate on 60 seconds in the microwave. Remove and stir continuously until it is fully melted.
Step 3
Spread the chocolate until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick.
Step 4
Melt the marshmallow cream in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 15 seconds. Stir until smooth.
Step 5
With a knife, swirl in the marshmallow cream on top of the chocolate.
Step 6
Sprinkle the candies throughout the top of the bark.
Step 7
Finish with sprinkling of the hot cocoa on the bark.
Step 8
Allow to cool or refrigerate to harden, then serve!

Hot Chocolate Bark Candy Recipe

This easy tutorial shows you how you can upcycle food Containers into gift boxes!

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!

During the holiday season I find myself looking for new creative ways to gift the goodies that we bake for others for gifts. In the past I have used baggies and food containers.  Since I found a recent splurge on items that were in food containers, I decided to upcycle them into goodie containers.

These containers can be used for goodies like this Almond Roca Fudge or this Peppermint Bark. These cans are very easy to make with minimal effort!

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!


  • Cans from coffee, candy etc.
  • Spray Paint
  • Washi Tape

How To:

How to turn a Trader Joes coffee can into a gift box just by spray painting it!

This can was a coffee canister from Trader Joe’s, pumpkin spice to be exact!

What I used: Rust-Oleum Gold Spray Paint
Almond Roca can turned into a gift box for goodies.

This one is the Almond Roca can. I didn’t realize that the logo was 3D so that is something you want to watch for if you cannot remove a label and paint over it.

What I used: Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint

Trader Joes Coffee can turned into a gift box for goodies.

This may be my favorite can, it was created from the gingerbread coffee canister from Trader Joe’s.

What I used: washi tape.

Candy can turned into a gift box.

This one was the candy canister.

What I used: wrapping paper and washi tape.

How to upcycle canisters into gift boxes for treats!



Knott’s Berry Farm has become a favorite of ours recently when visiting southern California. We were excited to see Knotts Berry Farm at Christmas time! The park has many festive decorations and holiday fun of course in addition to all of the rides.

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Have a baker in your life? Create this handmade Baker’s Gift Basket for them for the holidays!

Easy DIY Baker Gift Basket for less than $10

My favorite gifts to give are the ones we make. I made this baker gift set for my sister and it includes some kitchen tools, homemade vanilla and a gingerbread loaf mix. The baking gift sets are easy to make because you can include a jar mix and a few utensils and ingredients. This gift basket includes a mix for gingerbread loaves and homemade vanilla. I love gifting the homemade vanilla I shared in this post for making homemade vanilla because it’s easy to make and it’s pretty frugal to make. The utensils and loaf pans were less than a dollar at Walmart and the mustache spatula was half off at Hobby Lobby making this basket less than $10 to make.

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This Snowman Ornament is a Clever Guy post but I want to preface this with the fact that I used a glue gun and I did the gluing. If you do this craft with your kids, please do the gluing yourself and have the kids help just press them on.

Snowman Ornament

Today I am excited to participate in the Craft Lightning Holiday Edition!

I’ve gotten out the Christmas craft items and we’ve started crafting away. I ordered some styrofoam balls from ConsumerCrafts.com recently so I made this Snowman ornament with the Clever Guy. This ornament takes only about 10-15 minutes to make and you can make him in a variety of sizes! If you are curious about the carrot nose, I got that on ConsumerCrafts.com too!

Snowman Ornament


  • Styrofoam balls; 3 different sizes
  • Carrot nose
  • Buttons
  • Wire for the loop
  • Hot glue gun

Snowman Ornament

Easy Snowman Ornament Craft for Kids

How To:

  • Take the styrofoam balls & hot glue them, biggest to smallest on top.
  • Secure the buttons as eyes and over his body with the hot glue gun.
  • Once the face is complete, add the wire by putting it in the top styrofoam ball.
  • Add the hook and put it on your tree!

Snowman Ornament for Kids

If you love easy crafts, check out the quick crafts by clicking the image below!

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