Cinnamon Bark

This Cinnamon Bark is an easy Valentine’s day recipe that can be made to be used to make the holidays feel a little bit more festive. With every bite you get sweet with a little spicy kick from cinnamon candies.

cinnamon bark stack with text overlay


 

Bark isn’t just reserved for Christmas, make it for Valentine’s Day too! Cinnamon Bark is an easy treat, it’s perfect for putting into little gift bags.

Almond Bark vs White Chocolate

Alternatively to white chocolate chips you can use almond bark. Almond bark is a vanilla flavoured candy coating that can be used in the place of regular white chocolate.

Almond bark does have vegetable fats so it melts smooth and tempers easily, whereas white chocolate does not and needs them to be added. I use vegetable shortening, but you can also use butter.

In my humble opinion, almond bark and candy melts (almond bark in wafer form) doesn’t have the same flavor as white chocolate so I’d rather go the extra baby step of adding in a fat.

broken white chocolate cinnamon bark

What are Red Hots?

I assume everyone knows what Red Hots are, but just in case you don’t… Red Hots, also known as cinnamon imperials, are small, hot cinnamon flavored hard candies. I love them. I can eat a whole bag (and have some serious regrets about my decision making).

They were created in the early 1930’s using the hard panned candy method. That means a special pan is used to add a candy shell to the outside of the candy and you might feel like you are going to chip your teeth!

There is a soft and hard panning method that is used for different kinds of candies and chocolates. M&M’s, gobstoppers, and Jordan almonds are made using the hard panning method.

cinnamon bark with valentine's sprinkles

How to Make Cinnamon Bark

Let’s get down to business.

  1. Gather your ingredients: white chocolate, shortening (unless you opted for almond bark or candy melts) and cinnamon imperials.
  2. Use either a double boiler or saucepan with heat proof bowl. Fill the bottom pan with 2 inches of water and place over medium-high heat.
  3. While heating, add the shortening and white chocolate in the top pan and place over water pan. Stir every minute.
  4. While the chocolate is melting, place a large sheet of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Continue to melt chocolate, as it starts to get really melty, remove from the heat and stir continuously until smooth.
  6. Spread the chocolate over parchment paper using an offset spatula. Quickly sprinkle cinnamon candies, gently pressing down.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes, or until set. Remove and roughly cut with a large knife. Do not worry about cutting in nice clean squares, bark is best in rough, uneven pieces.
sheet of white cinnamon bark before breaking

Storage & Freezing

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Honestly, they will last longer than that, it is just chocolate, but I try not to go over a week. They can be refrigerated too, but chocolate has the tendency to sweat and get foggy when chilled for too. long.

Freezing: This bark recipe can also be frozen until ready to use. Keep in mind that same as refrigerating, chocolate tends to get foggy and can sweat when coming back to room temp.

collage of cinnamon bark for pinterest

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stack of cinnamon bark with red hot candies

Cinnamon Bark Recipe

4.41 from 5 votes
This is an easy Cinnamon Bark recipe that can be ready in just 10 minutes and made with white chocolate and cinnamon candies.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces white chocolate , chips or bar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup cinnamon imperial candies

Instructions

  • Use either a double boiler or saucepan with heat proof bowl. Fill bottom pan with 2 inches of water and place over medium-high heat.
  • While heating, add the shortening and white chocolate in the top pan and place over water pan. Stir every minute to prevent scalding.
  • While the chocolate is melting, place a large sheet of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Continue to melt the chocolate, as it starts to get really melty remove from the heat and stir continuously until smooth.
  • Spread the chocolate over parchment paper using an offset spatula. Quickly sprinkle cinnamon candies, gently pressing down to adhere.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes, or until set. Remove and roughly cut with a large knife. Do not worry about cutting in nice clean squares, bark is best in rough, uneven pieces.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star rating

Nutrition

Calories: 420 kcal, Carbohydrates: 51 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 23 g, Saturated Fat: 13 g, Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 61 mg, Potassium: 194 mg, Sugar: 50 g, Vitamin A: 20 IU, Vitamin C: 0.3 mg, Calcium: 135 mg, Iron: 0.2 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 420
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon bark
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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