How To Make Spring Themed Bark With Hobbycraft.

It's no secret that I am an avid baker, I enjoy to create just anything that involves chocolate, being creative and of course, tastes great. In case you hadn't already guessed, I am a huge fan of creating bark. Bark is essentially a ton of chocolate melted down, made into a slab and decorated. I've made a few variations in the past like my Halloween Bat Bark. This time, I decided to create something a little more colourful and fun.

For the bark, you are going to need: 
*A variety of chocolate or candy melts, for mine I used some of the Funcakes yellow candy melts and also some white chocolate that I dyed green.

*Buttercream or icing, I used the Sugar and Crumbs natural flavoured icing in raspberry ripple flavour (would recommend 110%) in which I made into buttercream by adding 250g of butter to the icing.

*Finally a variety of other toppings, I used edible glitter, smarties, cake angels sprinkles and even more edible glitter.

When making the bark itself you need to work fast as the chocolate dries so quickly, I'd recommend doing one colour at a time. I started by melting two large bars of white chocolate, you can do this in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water. When my chocolate was melted I grabbed some green dye, I love to use the Sugar Flair gel dyes which you can get on Amazon as they last for ages and you only need a drop to get a super bright colour. I then tipped the chocolate on to some parchment paper. When you've tipped the chocolate on the slab it will start to harden so you need to add sprinkles and other decorations quickly so they stick to the chocolate. Once you're happy with one colour, then you can melt your next colour and then apply this as you wish, I decided to do it around the edge. Next, I popped this in the fridge for an hour.

Whilst this was in the fridge I made up some buttercream to put on top of the bark, the aim was to make it a little lighter than what it turned out but I went a little OTT with the blue dye. I whipped up the Raspberry Ripple icing with butter and then pipped it on to the bark, this gives the bark a variety of textures when you're eating it. Finally, this was topped with more sprinkles and tons of edible glitter. You may want to put this back in the fridge for the icing to set before breaking this. Once the bark is completely solid you can snap it into a variety of different shapes and sizes and then share it with your friends and family (or eat it yourself) and that's pretty much it for making spring-themed bark. I'd love to know in the comments if you've ever made bark.

*This post contains gifted items from Hobbycraft, however, as always thoughts are all my own.