Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bark for Easter


Sarah at 5

Back in 2000, when my friend Sarah was just 5 years old, she invited me over to dye Easter eggs with them. She felt sorry for me that I hadn't dyed eggs in 20 years. My son Matt was grown and away at college and Sarah heard me say that he wouldn’t dye eggs even when he was little. I’ve always thought his aversion to holiday activities was a form of rebellion since they are so important to me. I guess he could have chosen worse ways to rebel!

So dyeing eggs with Sarah and her mom, Cali, has become a tradition over the years. We dye eggs the week before Easter, making a huge mess and creating both beauties and some really ugly specimens as we try out new techniques and experiment.

I recently sent Cali and Sarah links with recipes to consider for Sarah’s upcoming Sweet Sixteen birthday party. They loved the Easter Candy Bark by Lindsey at Gingerbread Bagels. The beautiful pastel colors in the photos proved to be very enticing. And being chocolate lovers, Cali and Sarah proposed that this year we break with tradition and make bark instead of dyeing eggs.

Sarah at almost 16
 So earlier this week we gathered  our Easter candies and convened  to make our first-ever Easter Bark.  It is so easy to make. All you do is  chop up the decorative candies,  melt the chocolate chips, and  marble the pink candy melts into  the chocolate. 

 Then you press in all those  beautiful colored candies and voila!  You have a beautiful collage of  candy. For detailed directions you  can go to Lindsey’s link above.







We put far more candy and cookie pieces into our bark than Lindsey’s photos in the original recipe. Ours was really packed with crunch - over the top and decadent. We had so much fun, we’ve decided this could become a new tradition; bark for every holiday of the year! Bark! Bark! Bark!


12 comments:

  1. Oh Judy that is such a sweet post! They grow up fast dont they?

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  2. Aw that's so sweet! And I love that you made Lindsey's bark. It looks soooo good!

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  3. Love love love all the colors and candies! Chocolate bark is way tastier than hard boiled eggs anyways :)

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  4. Judy this is so sweet. I think girls enjoy traditions like dyeing eggs more that boys, or let's hope that is the reason. Look at all that candy you guys heaped on there. I've got you on the list for the giveaway. Hoping you have a great week. I can't wait to start my Easter prep.
    -Gina-

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  5. Hi Judy.
    I came to your blog from Gina's. Looks like the kids had fun making the Easter Bark with all of the candy. I'm going to make some with my granddaughter! I'm following you now!

    I'm having an Online Bake sale for the American Cancer Society, Mon may 2nd. would you like to be a baker? Send email to beckysbaking andcooking@gmail.com. I couldn't find contact info for you, sorry.

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  6. Gosh, that's so cute, but even better is the connection you formed over doing holiday rituals together. That's heartwarming!

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  7. Greetings from Southern California

    I am your newest follower.
    I invite you to visit and follow my blog.

    God bless and have a nice Easter :-)

    ~Ron

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  8. Judy, love your post how it gets us into the Easter spirit. First time I've seen the bark idea: love it so will have to check out Lyndsey's post, thanks. Can just imagine all the fun in the kitchen with the eggs and paint and all the experimenting!

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  9. Hey Judy - Liz tagged me yesterday for an Easter Dinner post and I tagged you today - knowing it's probably too late for you to post anything but just wanting you to know I was thinking about you :-) Kate

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  10. What fun bark! I can see doing it for every holiday...and what a fun tradition you have with Sarah :) Happy Easter!

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  11. Happy Easter to you too, Judy!! You have quite a round up here. And I can't tell you how tempting that Easter Bark looks.
    Sarah is just a doll! We didn't actually do the egg dying this year, Olivia just pointed that out to me.
    Hope you are doing well!! XO

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