Chocolate Reindeer Bark

This chocolate reindeer bark is easy to make and fun to share. It’s the perfect sweet treat for the holiday season. Edible festive fun!

If you are looking for a holiday treat that doesn’t require any baking but results in an adorable final result that kids and adults alike will devour, these Chocolate Rudolph reindeer bark snacks are the answer! You should definitely give them a try.

I love making these to add to our holiday cookie trays as well as for dessert tables at parties and gatherings. They are simple to create and look so cute. The chocolate, pretzels, and candies go well together and no one can resist them!

pin showing the finished chocolate reindeer bark ready to eat title across the middle.

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If you have never made a chocolate bark recipe before this is a great place to start. Chocolate bark is usually a little more involved and this recipe is just a simple melting and add some embellishments kind of thing instead.

I really like that you can let kids help with this one. Once the chocolate is on the parchment paper and cooling there’s nothing dangerous they have to deal with. You can let them design the reindeer however they like! It’s a great way to let them help make chocolate reindeer bark for their classmates, teachers, or friends.

featured image showing the finished chocolate reindeer bark ready to eat.

What is chocolate bark?

Chocolate bark is usually a base of almond bark or chocolate that has been melted so it can be smoothed out into a relatively thin sheet. Then, ingredients are added on top to decorate and flavor the bark.

It’s called bark because once the toppings are included the chocolate or almond bark is allowed to re-harden and then it is broken up into chunks so it can be served!

You can use all kinds of chocolates like chips, melting wafers, almond bark, or candy melts in order to make the base. I’ve even made recipes with yogurt that gets frozen for the base!

plate full of the finished chocolate reindeer bark.

What do I need to make this chocolate reindeer bark?

This recipe uses candy eyes, red M&M’s, small twist pretzels, chocolate chips, wax paper, and cooking spray. You can sub in gluten free pretzels if you need to make this one gluten free / gluten sensitive friendly! 

You can also use smaller or bigger eyes depending on what you find / what is available. It’s pretty easy to create these reindeer, once you see the process you’ll be making them every time you need a dessert during the holidays.

ingredients for making chocolate reindeer bark.

Kitchen essentials for tasty no bake recipes:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

I like these casserole dishes from Pyrex which are great for no bake recipes and for all your favorite dinners, cakes, and casseroles.

You can’t go wrong with some good sharp knives and a cutting board. They will always come in handy in the kitchen for recipes of any kind, even desserts!

another look at the finished rudolph chocolate bark treats

How to make Rudolph chocolate bark:

These easy to follow instructions and photos will help you create some adorable chocolate Rudolph snacks. Even kids can follow along and make some tasty chocolate treats.

Pour the chocolate chips into a sauce pan and lightly spray with cooking spray.

ingredients for making chocolate reindeer bark.

Melt the chocolate chips over medium heat.

Lay out a piece of wax paper.

Spread the melted chocolate onto the wax paper in two-three inch circles.

spreading chocolate in circles to make the body of the reindeer

Add two pretzels for antlers.

adding the pretzel antlers

Then add two candy eyes.

adding the candy eyes

Place a red m&m onto the chocolate for a nose. 

adding the rudolph nose to each reindeeer

Let the chocolate harden.

a look at the finished chocolate reindeer bark

What kind of swaps can I make in this recipe?

You can swap out the chips for butterscotch for a lighter brown and different taste. You can use gluten free pretzels for the antlers.

Feel free to use different sized eyes or make these treats smaller / larger to suit your needs. You could also pipe on the nose with more melted and colored chocolate or candy melts if you like. Same goes for the eyes.

You could also make this into one big chocolate sheet and then sprinkle around the pretzels, eyes, and noses if you don’t want them to be individually crafted reindeer! The posibilities are endless.

a finished reindeer held up to show the camera

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

You can definitely make these chocolate reindeer ahead of time. They’ll keep pretty well but keep in mind that you need to keep them cool. They will start to melt if they get warm.

Another thing to consider is that the antlers might get a bit stale after a few days of chilling on the counter or in the refrigerator. If you want them to remain super crunchy I’d make the the night before or the day of or keep them sealed in an airtight container for storage!

top down look at a plate full of the finished reindeer bark treats

Looking for more tasty holiday treats?

If you liked making these chocolate reindeer bark snacks you will love some of our other no bake holiday treats. Try out some of these other festive dessert recipes and ideas today. Surely you’ll find something else to add to your holiday menu this year!

Printable Chocolate Reindeer Bark Recipe:

Yield: 8 Servings

Chocolate Reindeer Bark

featured image showing the finished chocolate reindeer bark ready to eat.

This chocolate reindeer bark is easy to make and fun to share. It's the perfect sweet treat for the holiday season. Edible festive fun!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Candy Eyes
  • Red M&M’s
  • Pretzels
  • 12 oz Chocolate Chips
  • Wax Paper
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions

  1. Pour the chocolate chips into a sauce pan and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips over medium heat.
  3. Lay out a piece of wax paper.
  4. Spread the melted chocolate onto the wax paper in two-three inch circles.
  5. Add two pretzels for antlers.
  6. Then add two candy eyes.
  7. Place a red m&m onto the chocolate for a nose. 
  8. Let the chocolate harden.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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