Wednesday, March 20, 2013

easter bark

i can’t believe that easter is right around the corner.  i always have great intentions to decorate and go all out for easter, but it kind of gets jumbled up with maddie’s birthday, spring break and anticipating and preparing for a move (matthew’s work moves us for the summer).  but this year i’m bound and determined to get it least a little.  i found this on pinterest (one of the sources led me here, and I followed the recipe) and immediately wanted to try it.  i love finding recipes that require few ingredients and no real baking. it's a bonus if it can be dressed up in a festive package to deliver to friends.  this hit all my requirements. 
oh, and i was feeling like this would be more of a hit with kids (something about the colored marshmallows) but matthew and i were hiding it from the girls so we could eat more.  it was amazing!

easter bark...
1 bag white chocolate chips {12 oz}
3 cups mini rainbow marshmallows
about 1 tbsp shortening
easter sprinkles or other fun sprinkles for decor on top

measure out 3 cups of marshmallows. line an 8×11 glass dish or a half-sized cookie sheet with parchment paper.
put white chocolate and shortening in a medium sized glass bowl. melt chocolate in the microwave for 3o second increments, stirring in between until the chips are all melted.  it took me about a minute and a half to have everything melted.
after chocolate is melted, add marshmallows and stir to coat. you’ll want to do this kind of quickly- be sure the chocolate coats the marshmallows well, but if you take too long the marshmallows start to melt, which you don’t want.
transfer chocolatey marshmallows to your prepared pan. using a rubber spatula, make sure marshmallows extend to the edge of the pan. press down slightly to make it all somewhat even. shake on any sprinkles you’d like to decorate the bark with.
put in the freezer for about 20 minutes, until chocolate is set. you want to use the freezer so that it cools the mixture as quickly as possible- you don’t want those marshmallows to melt!
remove from the freezer and let sit on the counter to return to room temperature. cut into pieces.  i liked using an egg cookie cutter to make it a bit more festive.  it was easiest with a metal cookie cutter, i also sprayed the edges with cooking spray.  i’ve seen them cut into squares or just broken apart into pieces.

**i found the strawberry baskets at my favorite scrapbooking store.  i glued the bunnies onto paper straws, added a ribbon and a few embellishments and called it good.

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