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30 minute Holiday Sweets Platter

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Looking for a show stopping offering to take to your next Christmas gathering but don’t have all the time in the world to make it happen? This, my dear, is the Holiday Sweets Platter for you!

Hey y’all! I’m Christine from My Kitchen My Craft– joining you here to share a few simple holiday recipes that will make party time this season so much easier- and still oh so fancy! Are you holiday ready? Make sure you click over and check out this  Nontraditional Wooden Door Decor and my DIY Mantle Wrap Stocking Hanger and all the other cool crafts from the 25 bloggers I am collaborating with on our “Deck the Home Blog Hop”.

Who likes Chocolate Bark?

Christmas barks and pretzels displayed with candy canes and pine

I know- that’s a silly question! It always seems to be a crowd pleaser AND since there are so many varieties – you really can please them ALL.

I made all three of these fancy Holiday Chocolate Barks and the Chocolate Drizzled Pretzels in under 30 minutes. That’s right! Under 30 minutes start to finish for this whole gorgeous platter and I am about to show you just how.

What’s on this Holiday Sweets Platter?

  • White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

  • Peppermint Bark

  • Spiced Cranberry Walnut Bark (this one was my favorite!)

  • Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Bark

Yum! Are you ready to make some sweets?

What you need to make Holiday Bark

  • parchment paper (this is a MUST!)
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • 2 c. glass measuring cup
  • spatula to spread
  • fork
  • spoon
  • small pot (to melt caramel)

**Easy button tip: Wash the glass measuring cup with hot water in between melting. It’s easy while it’s still warm and leaves less dishes for later when you reuse just this one.**

Ingredients for this Holiday Sweets Platter

  •  2 oz. pretzels
  • 8 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice (you know you have some left over from fall!)
  • 6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 oz. chopped (GOOD) dark chocolate
  • 2 oz. Kraft caramels (the kind individually wrapped)
  • 1/2 tsp coarse seal salt
  • 6 oz. mint baking chips
  • 1-2 oz. chopped candy canes

Let’s make these Christmas sweets!

  1. First, put your caramels in the pot with just a smidge of water- on med-low- stir often to melt.
  2. While that’s melting- put your mint chips to melt in the microwave- minding the directions on the package because some are different. Do NOT over heat.
  3. Line your trays with parchment paper.
  4. When the mint chips are melted pour them on to 1/2 of the first tray and spread it thin to cover most of that 1/2, sprinkle with chopped candy cane.
  5. Now your caramel should be almost ready- so pop your semis sweet chocolate chips in the microwave and get them melting.
  6. While they are melting- sort your pretzels. Set the best ones aside on 1/2 of the second parchment covered baking sheet. Crunch the remaining ones (about a palm full) to sprinkle on the Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel bark!
  7. Pour the melted semi sweet chocolate on the second 1/2 of the baking sheet with the Peppermint bark and spread it out as before.
  8. Sprinkle with the chopped dark chocolate pieces, drizzle
  9. (use the fork) with the melted caramel and then distribute the sea salt evenly.
  10. Put this tray in the fridge to set.
  11. Melt your white chocolate chips. Use the first 2 oz to drizzle over the pretzels with your fork. Pour the rest on the other 1/2 of the tray and spread it out.
  12. Sprinkle the spread out white chocolate with the chopped cranberries and walnuts and then add your pumpkin spice evenly. Put this is the refrigerator.

At this point the other tray is probably set enough to pull it out and start cutting. They only need 5-10 minutes to set up well and then are fine at room temperature. I like odd shapes and try to start cutting in a diamond format and go from there.

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Holiday Bark being cut

Now, go find your prettiest holiday platter and spread out your sweets to make them even more desirable!

Christmas barks displayed with pine

I hope you love this 30 minute Holiday Sweets Platter and make it for your next get together. Better yet- let it inspire you to make your own special Christmas Barks! How about “Christmas Joy Bark”- like an Almond Joy tastes? With coconut and almonds… or maybe “Holiday S’more Bark” with marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers? Whatever you decide to go with, keep this in your arsenal of HERO recipes.

Christmas sweets and candy canes

Also, you might want to consider making extra…

Kinds hands all diving into the Christmas bark for a taste

…especially if there are little fingers around!

All in all- this Holiday Bark was a hit and it didn’t take much of my time so I’d call it a big win! I made a bit extra to share with Aniko for her Holiday Gathering Tips and Table too! Make sure to check back for that soon!

Thanks so much for having me. Don’t forget to drop by My Kitchen My Craft to get more inspiration for this Christmas. Happy Holidays!

Love and light,


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