Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the delicious fried foods that Chanukah has to offer (most notably latkes and doughnuts), but it does seem like those people who celebrate Christmas instead get all the chocolate fun. Well, not any more! I have taken matters into my own hands, and created Chanukah chocolate bark – the Jewish answer to all those chocolate tree decorations, selection packs, and other Christmassy chocolate delights.

In fairness, it didn’t take much creating. And we do, of course, have our own chocolatey Chanukah treat in the shape of ‘Chanukah gelt’ AKA chocolate coins. Apparently in the good old days when our grandparents lived in grinding poverty they would get a coin as a present on Chanukah. These days, we get actual presents, and the coins have been turned into chocolates to preserve the tradition. Something like that, anyway.

So, I made a crispy chocolate bark base and topped it with Chanukah-themed decorations i.e. chocolate coins (see above) and some white chocolate dreidels, lovingly crafted by my own fair hands. 

Dreidels, for those who don’t know, are four-sided spinning tops which are traditionally played with on the festival. Each of the four sides bears a hebrew letter, and they are the first letters of the hebrew words “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” – a great miracle happened there. (In Israel, the final letter is Pey as the sentence reads “a great miracle happened HERE.”)

But I digress, I made white chocolate dreidels, and used those and the milk chocolate coins to decorate the crispy, dark chocolate bark. Also, because I am pathologically incapable of not including something with a smidgen of nutritional value, I threw in some dried cranberries. These were actually a really good addition, as their slightly tart flavour cut through the otherwise tooth-aching sweetness of the 3 sorts of chocolate.

The chocolate dreidels look fiddly, but are actually pretty easy to make, as long as you cut the chocolate before it has fully set. You can use them to decorate other things too – cupcakes, biscuits etc – or just scoff them on their own. Yum.

Delicious dark chocolate bark with crispy rice & dried cranberries, decorated with chocolate coins & dreidels - a fab festive treat & an easy homemade gift!

Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
5157 calories
605 g
117 g
270 g
79 g
133 g
1156 g
3566 g
298 g
0 g
116 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5157
Calories from Fat 2429
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 270g
Saturated Fat 133g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 30g
Monounsaturated Fat 86g
Cholesterol 117mg
Sodium 3566mg
Total Carbohydrates 605g
Dietary Fiber 33g
Sugars 298g
Protein 79g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 75g white chocolate (2.5 oz)
  2. 5-6 pretzel or biscuit sticks
  3. 150g dark chocolate (5 oz)
  4. 25g dried cranberries (2 tbsp)
  5. 20g crispy rice cereal (3/4 cup)
  6. 7-8 milk chocolate coins
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment or greaseproof paper.
  2. Melt the white chocolate then spread into a thin layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. It will set quite quickly. Use a knife to cut out driedel shapes, then ‘glue’ a pretzel stick handle onto each one using more melted chocolate. (I found the easiest way to make the shapes was to cut strips, then cut an X across the middle of each one to make the points of two driedels.) Make the dreidels in a range of sizes. Put in the fridge to set.
  3. Now melt the dark chocolate. Stir in the cranberries and crispy rice till well combined. Spread the mixture onto the second parchment-lined baking sheet to form a rectangle approx 10 x 20cm or thereabouts.
  4. Peel the foil off the chocolate coins. Arrange the coins and white chocolate driedels on the surface of the dark chocolate mixture and press down lightly.
  5. Use a toothpick and a little melted dark chocolate to paint the hebrew letters onto the driedels.
  6. Place the whole thing in the fridge to firm up. Once cold and set, admire, then break into chunks and enjoy!
I’m entering this delicious chocolate treat into this month’s Kosher Connection link-up, which is, unsurprisingly, on the theme of Chanukah. Do check out the other entries and don’t forget my other Chanukah recipes too – like these olive oil cupcakes & these delicious oven-fried potato latkes.


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  2. chocolate bark is something that is so easy to make it really should be done more often. Yours looks absolutely fabulous!

  3. Celebrating with chocolate is always my favourite way to celebrate!

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