Do you have a Lolli and Pops candy store near you? Although the company is about five years old, I only just recently noticed a shop in a nearby mall.
It’s the kind of place that just sucks you in as you walk by. Think of the sweet aromas and colorful shelves in an old-fashioned candy shop, but with a hipster, modern vibe (as suggested by the clever name).
You can’t help but turn and look and run inside if you find yourself near the store-front, especially if you have a sweet tooth.
Unicorn bark has certainly made its appearance before the Lolli and Pops version. If social media has taught me anything, it’s that we are unicorn-and-rainbow-food-obsessed.
And I, myself, have my own version of unicorn bark. But I especially like their take, with the choice of cooler tones swirled into delicious white chocolate, and just a bit of glimmer.
The beauty of unicorn bark is that you can mix and match any colors or sparkle that you like. Start with a white chocolate base and swirl in melted candy melts.
Here, I used purple, turquoise, and pink candy melts. Then, choose any sprinkles for the top.
I picked sparkling sugars in purple, blue, and pink; two sizes of white pearl sprinkles; and some white edible shimmer dust. You needn’t choose all of these, or you can choose all and more.
A note about the choice of candy melts for the swirled-in color: I opted for candy melts because they are so user-friendly, they melt easily, they set well, and they come in every color imaginable. You may, however, substitute white chocolate if you prefer.
What are candy melts?
Candy melts are made of a mixture of things that are decidedly not chocolate. Sugar, milk solids, vegetable oils, flavorings and colors are combined to make these edible, meltable candies.
In addition, chocolate candy melts have cocoa powder added. Candy melts are also referred to summer coating or confectionary coating, or when in a solid block, as almond bark.
They act like chocolate in mouth texture and melting capabilities, but do not require tempering like pure chocolate or white chocolate does.
To color white chocolate, you must use oil-based candy colors, not regular food coloring. I would also suggest melting the chocolate in bowls rather than directly in the decorating bags (as I do here) because white chocolate melts much hotter than candy melts and can melt the bags.
Not to mention, ouch for the hands!
This colorful, sparkly unicorn bark is so delicious. You have the perfect combination of smooth, creamy chocolate with a bit of sprinkle crunch. It’s gosh darn magical.
If you like this post, you might also like these unicorn marshmallows!
Unicorn Bark Recipe
2 White Chocolate Chips 12 ounces
0.5 Pink Candy Melts
0.5 Blue or Turquoise Candy Melts
0.5 Purple Candy Melts
Disposable Decorating Bags
Assorted Sprinkles and Shimmer Dust
Line a baking tray with wax paper or parchment paper and set aside. Pour each color of candy melts into a decorating bag.
Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl at 50 percent power for 90 seconds.
Stir and continue to microwave until the chips are just starting to melt.
Stir well to use the residual heat to completely melt the chocolate chips.
While you’re stirring the white chocolate, microwave the three bags of candy melts as you did the white chocolate chips. Snip the tips.
Scrape the white chocolate on the baking tray and spread evenly. You will not fill up the entire baking tray.
Pipe each color of candy melts all over the white chocolate and use the back of a spoon or a straw or lollipop stick to swirl the chocolate.
Immediately top with assorted sprinkles and shimmer dust.