Crackling Patriotic Bark

Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}This is just pure fun for Independence Day; very easy to make and with the addition of Pop Rocks you get some crackles in your mouth!

The only ingredient in this bark that is measured is the white vanilla bark which is also known as white almond bark or white confectionary coating. DO NOT use white chocolate chips or other white types of chips because they will not melt for pouring or spreading. Yes, they get soft, but not soft enough to pour. The coating needs to be designed to pour when melted.

For the M&M’s, I bought a bag of the mini’s and picked out the red and blue ones. It was not tedious at all, especially since I was relaxing while watching a favorite TV show. My daughter, Katie, had dropped by the house and hung out beside me like a kid, waiting for me to find the malformed M&M’s so that she could dispose of them for me. She was so helpful!

One of the best tips that I can give you for this bark is to put a goodly amount of broken pretzels in it. The bark is very sweet and the saltiness of the pretzels balances the sweetness. The first time I made this bark I did not use enough solids for the base, ending up with too much of the white topping and not enough crunchy stuff to keep it all interesting.

Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
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Crackling Patriotic Bark

Recipe adapted from Recipe Girl

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds almond bark, white confectionery coating, or white vanilla bark
  • several handsful pretzels, broken (I used waffle pretzels)
  • several handsful of crispy coconut cookies, broken (I used Mother’s brand)
  • macadamia nut halves
  • red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • red and blue M&M’s (I used the mini’s, but regular size will work just fine)
  • 1 package (0.33 ounce) strawberry Pop Rocks, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. Crumble the pretzels and coconut cookies onto the parchment. Because of all of the sweet items in this bark, be sure to use more pretzels than cookies. The balance of salty pretzels makes a needed contrast for the bark.
  3. Sprinkle the macadamias over the pretzels and cookies.
  4. Melt the white almond bark according to package directions. I melted mine in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Don’t over-cook the coating, because it will burn. The idea is to get the coating pourable.
  5. Pour liquified coating over the pretzels, cookies, and macadamias. Smooth, if necessary, with the back of a spoon or a spatula.
  6. Immediately sprinkle with M&M’s, sprinkles, and Pop Rocks, if using. Note: If you live in a humid climate, the Pop Rocks may not hold up well in the humidity. They could lose their pop and crackle. I live in a very dry climate, so there was no problem.
  7. Allow to cool at room temperature until solidified, or put the pan in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
  8. Break apart into small serving pieces.
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
 Make a full, very closely spaced layer of pretzels, cookies, and macadamias in the pan lined with parchment paper.
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
 If the coating product or bark is in a large block, chop it into smaller chunks for easier melting and stirring.
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
 Melt the bark in a microwave safe bowl according to package directions. Initially, I microwaved the bark on high for 30 seconds, then stirred. I microwaved in 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the bark was the right consistency for pouring. Each product and microwave is a little different, but this system worked well for me.
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
 As you can see in this picture, I did NOT have enough base ingredients. Live and learn. Remember, crowd those pretzels, cookies, and nuts very close together!
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
 While the bark is still soft, sprinkle with the candies…
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
 and the sprinkles…
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
  and the Pop Rocks!!!!!  These can be really fun. The Pop Rocks linger in your mouth doing their popping and crackling thing even after you swallow!
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
Allow the bark to cool until hardened. Putting the pan in the refrigerator will hasten the process. Break into serving size pieces. This is rich stuff, so a little goes a long way.
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Crackling Patriotic Bark {4th of July Bark}
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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!

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Comments

    • says

      Thank you! It’s very flexible and can be changed with different colors, cookies, nuts, etc. I’ve seen a Halloween version that uses Halloween Oreo’s and Halloween M&M’s. Of course Christmas would be fun with reds and greens, crushed peppermints, and Christmas Oreo’s.

    • says

      Today, July 4th, is a national holiday here in America. It is the day that we celebrate the signing of our Declaration of Independence in 1776, which declared us to be free of British rule. Our country’s colors are red, white, and blue, so that is why I used those colors in this candy. I bought a regular bag of M&M’s and picked out the red and blue ones just to make this fun and patriotic.

  1. says

    I made bark for the first time a few months ago and love how easy and delicious it was, so now I’m in bark heaven! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this delicious idea! Perfect colors for the week!

  2. says

    This looks so yummy. We do peppermint bark, but I love this 4th of July version…totally different from what I’m talking about. I bet it would be a hit with our family. Thanks for sharing.

  3. John says

    I want to make white almond bark cookies. I am wondering if i can put them in my backpack while out hiking in the wilderness without them melting. ty

    • says

      John, almond bark is stable at room temperature. However, it softens easily at body temp. Unless you are hiking in a cool/cold wilderness, I don’t think that almond bark is a good choice. Then again, if it melted, you could scoop it up with a spoon.

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