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Best Melted Snowman Bark Recipe for Winter

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Melted Snowman Bark is full of holiday cheer. It turns a simple recipe into a tasty, crunchy snack. This easy Christmas dessert is going to look amazing on your holiday dessert table, and you’ll have so much fun making it!

A white plate of Melted Snowman Bark with Christmas decorations on the background.

The best part about this treat is that it is easy to make. If you can melt chocolate in the microwave, you can make Melted Snowman Bark! That makes it on my list of great ideas for things to make with a handful of ingredients and when the kids want to get involved.

What Is Melted Snowman Bark?

Melted Snowman Bark is a whimsical sweet treat that embodies the charm of the holiday season. It’s a quick and easy recipe that transforms simple ingredients into a captivating dessert resembling adorable, melted snowmen. 

But the appeal of this recipe isn’t limited to just Christmas – with a little creative flair, you can adapt the concept to different holidays! Consider creating Lucky Charms Bark for St. Patrick’s Day or Melted Witch Bark for Halloween. The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination!

Why You Should Make This Melted Frosty The Snowman Recipe

  • Perfect Christmas treat for kids – what kid doesn’t like a good chocolate melting session?
  • Unique holiday recipe – you will be able to wow your guests with this tasty treat.
  • Easy to find ingredients – the good thing is that you can easily find all of the ingredients in your local store.
  • Budget-friendly – This easy Christmas dessert is inexpensive and great for making with the kids.
  • Quick preparation time – you can make this treat in less than 15 minutes!

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this Christmas Cracker Bark recipe.

Ingredients For Melted Snowman Bark

Ingredients for Melted Snowman Bark sitting on a marble countertop.
  • White Candy Melts: These are small discs of sweet white chocolate that melt easily, providing a smooth and creamy coating perfect for our dessert creation.
  • Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups: These bite-sized treats add a delightful crunch and rich, nutty flavor to contrast with the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Marshmallows: These fluffy, sweet treats provide a soft texture and sugary flavor, adding a lightness to the overall dessert.
  • Pretzel Sticks: Pretzel sticks contribute a twist of savory flavor and a satisfying crunch, balancing out the sweetness of the candies.
  • Mini M&Ms: These tiny, colorful candies are not just about the fun aesthetic they bring but also contribute a burst of chocolatey goodness.
  • Black Cookie Icing: An essential decorating tool, this icing provides the ability to create fine details such as coal eyes or the top hat in a rich, deep black color.
  • Orange Cookie Icing: This vibrant icing is perfect for adding decorative touches and pops of color while also enhancing the sweetness of the dessert.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Candy – If you have a peanut allergy, you can switch out the peanut butter cups to Rolo’s or any other candy that your family prefers.
  • Almond Bark – If you want to make Melted Snowman Almond Bark, you can switch out the melting candy for almond bark without any other adjustments to this recipe.
  • Wax paper: If you don’t have wax paper on hand, you can also use parchment paper or foil in a pinch.
  • Marshmallows: If you’re looking for a vegan alternative or just want to switch up the flavor, try using fruit-flavored marshmallows or vegan marshmallow substitutes. 
  • Pretzel sticks: For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free pretzel sticks. Alternatively, if you desire a less salty option, you can use cookie sticks or rolled wafer cookies. 
  • White Candy Melts: For a different flavor profile, consider using dark or milk chocolate candy melts. It will change the color of your snowman, but the taste would be an interesting change! You could also use melted white chocolate alongside the candies for extra tasty white snowman parts.
  • Mini M&Ms: Feel free to experiment with different types of small candies for the buttons and carrot nose. Mini chocolate chips, small colorful sprinkles, or even colored sugar crystals could work. 
  • Icing: If you prefer natural food coloring, you can make your own icing and use natural food dyes derived from fruits and vegetables. You can also switch colors in some places, such as using a more intense color for the candy eyes.
  • Flavors: You can also add almond extract to make them extra nut flavored. Or you could use a little clear vanilla extract if you use something different from almond bark. Peppermint extract is the perfect thing for a Christmas theme.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make Melted Snowman Bark

A collage of marshmallows and a bowl of melted white candy melts.
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper. 
  • Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut each marshmallow in half. Unwrap each peanut butter cup and use a sharp knife to cut the peanut butter cups in half. Break pretzel sticks in half. (Photo 1)
  • Melt white candy melts in a large bowl according to package directions. I usually microwave the candy melts in 30-second increments and stir in between. You want to be careful not to overcook or burn your candy melts – it can happen quickly. You’re looking for a nice “pour” consistency off the spoon. (Photo 2)
Collage of assembling Melted Snowman Bark.
  • When candy melts are ready, spoon about 2 tablespoons of melted candy onto wax paper, making a “melted snowman” shape. I made a circle and then pushed out some of the sides to make more of a “melted” look. (Photo 3)
  • Carefully set your half marshmallow near the center of the melted snowman. Add a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup half in place for the hat. Then add three mini M&Ms for the buttons and two pretzel stick halves for little snowmen arms. Once your melted snowman has dried and hardened, use the black cookie icing to make the eyes and the orange cookie icing to draw a small pointy triangle for the nose. (Photo 4)
A white plate of three candy bark that looks like melted snowmen sitting on a countertop.

Expert Tips 

  • Cookie icing hardens when dried to room temperature, making these treats stackable. If you use cake icing or gel, the eyes and nose may smear when touched or stacked.
  • Before melting your candy melts, be sure to check the expiration date. Old candy melts may become unworkable.
  • Look for cookie icing in the baking section of your local grocery store. It can usually be found near the frosting in squeezable tubes.
  • When assembling your snowmen, work quickly as the candy melt base begins to harden within a few minutes. 
  • To ensure a smooth and evenly spread candy melt base, you could tilt the baking tray side to side. 
  • If the candy melts harden before you’ve finished assembling your snowmen, they can be gently reheated in the microwave. 
  • For a fun twist, let the kids decorate their own snowmen. You can prepare all the different parts and then let little hands assemble their own creative versions. 

Storing Tips 

Remove your Melted Snowman Bark from the waxed paper, and store it in an airtight container on your counter.

I would not recommend freezing or refrigerating the Melted Snowman Bark. It doesn’t thaw well sadly.

Three candy bark that looks like melted snowmen.

What To Serve With Melted Snowman Bark

Melted Snowman Bark pairs wonderfully with a variety of festive drinks. For a refreshing contrast, consider serving your bark with hot cocoa or warm apple cider. If you prefer a cold drink, creamy eggnog or sparkling apple cider would also complement the sweet and salty flavors of the bark. 

Alternatively, for a more robust taste, pair this dessert with a cup of rich, dark coffee or a glass of dessert wine. The bark can also be served alongside other Christmas cookies, like frosted chocolate chip cookies or fruitcakes, for an indulgent New Year dessert spread.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a double boiler to melt the candy melts instead of a microwave?

Yes, a double boiler can be used to melt the candy melts. Ensure that the water in the bottom pot does not touch the top pot, and stir the candy melts constantly to achieve a smooth consistency. 

Can I substitute the mini M&Ms with other candies?

Absolutely! Feel free to use any small candy that you prefer. Just keep in mind the size of the candy to maintain the aesthetics of the snowman.

I don’t have cookie icing. Can I use regular icing instead?

Yes, you can. However, keep in mind that regular icing doesn’t harden as cookie icing does, so the snowmen may not be stackable without smudging.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes, the Melted Snowman Bark can be made a day or two in advance, making it perfect for holiday gatherings or gifting. Store it in an airtight container until ready to serve. 

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White plate of candy bark that looks like melted snowmen.
5 from 7 votes

Best Melted Snowman Bark Recipe For Winter


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yields 12 Pieces
Make melted snowman bark for your next holiday party, or just to have at home to snack on. This recipe is easy and inexpensive!

Ingredients 

  • 1 bag white candy melts
  • 12 Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • Marshmallows
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Black Cookie Icing
  • Orange Cookie Icing

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut each marshmallow in half. Unwrap each peanut butter cup and use a sharp knife to cut the peanut butter cups in half. Break pretzel sticks in half.
    12 Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups,Marshmallows
  • Melt white candy melts in a glass bowl according to package directions. I usually microwave the candy melts in 30 second increments and stir in between. You want to be careful not to overcook or burn your candy melts – it can happen quickly. You’re looking for a nice “pour” consistency off the spoon.
    1 bag white candy melts
  • When candy melts are ready, spoon about 2 tablespoons of melted candy onto wax paper, making a “melted snowman” shape. I made a circle and then pushed out some of the sides to make more “melted” look.
  • Carefully set your half marshmallow near the center of the melted snowman. Add a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup half in place for the hat. Then add three mini M&Ms for the buttons, and two pretzel sticks halves for arms.
    Mini M&Ms,Pretzel sticks
  • Once your melted snowman has dried and hardened, use the black cookie icing to make the eyes and the orange cookie icing to draw a small pointy triangle for the nose.
    Black Cookie Icing,Orange Cookie Icing

Notes

  • Cookie icing hardens when dried to room temperature, making these treats stackable. If you use cake icing or gel, the eyes and nose may smear when touched or stacked.
  • Before melting your candy melts, be sure to check the expiration date. Old candy melts may become unworkable.
  • Look for cookie icing in the baking section of your local grocery store. It can usually be found near the frosting in squeezable tubes.
  • When assembling your snowmen, work quickly as the candy melt base begins to harden within a few minutes. 
  • To ensure a smooth and evenly spread candy melt base, you could tilt the baking tray side to side. 
  • If the candy melts harden before you’ve finished assembling your snowmen, they can be gently reheated in the microwave. 
  • For a fun twist, let the kids decorate their own snowmen. You can prepare all the different parts and then let little hands assemble their own creative versions. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1piece Calories: 88kcal (4%) Carbohydrates: 10g (3%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 5g (8%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 36mg (2%) Potassium: 24mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 10g (11%) Vitamin A: 4IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 5mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is just the cutest thing I have ever seen!! I am definitely making it this year, thank you so much for sharing this recipe 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun and festive treat for Christmas! Definitely going to be giving these a try; looks too good to pass up, indeed!

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