Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark: More Bite, Less Bark

Yep, it’s hard not to love the classic peppermint bark that is ubiquitous this time of year – but there’s honestly nothing like the salty-and-sweet combo of peanut butter and chocolate. This Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark fits perfectly into my ideas for bite-sized treats or take away grab bags throughout the holidays. And this year, as it’s our first holiday in the new house, we’re already jam-packed with family visits, friends stopping by, and meal planning which has got me in a frenzy. My mind is on overload thinking about the kids’ table, the adults’ table, movie snacks, keep-the-kids-busy-snacks, and on and on. Last week I whipped up my festive Rice Krispie Pie, and this week I’m going to show you how to make this easy, sweet and savory Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark. (Toothpicks not included). Dee-lish!

peanut butter chocolate bark

mix creamy and chocolate to start your bark


Did I mention this is a no-bake recipe? Yessss, super easy. You’ll need 24 ounces of chocolate. As an option, you can use the melting chocolate they have at Michael’s, but for this recipe, I chose to melt Scharffenberger 62% Semisweet Chocolate with a bain marie. Whisk in your peanut butter – any brand will do but just make sure it’s creamy!

Line a pan with parchment paper, and spread in a thin, even layer.

pretzels atop melted chocolate


Let’s hit it with some salted pretzels. Of course, you can choose any shape that tickles your fancy. Snyder’s are always my go-to, especially with these waffle-looking bite-sized squares.

layer your salty on top of the bark


Sprinkle 1 cup of butterscotch chips and Reese’s Pieces, lightly pressing to make sure they sink down into the melted chocolate. I chose these candies mostly for the flavor, but also I love that they represent fall colors. And the buck doesn’t stop here with just peanut butter; you can add peanut butter chips, white chocolate – go to town!

sprinkle the sweet on top of the bark


In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the white chocolate melts in 30 second intervals. This will be the melted topping that you can drizzle over the bark. Let me just add that the drizzle is my jam (or my bark). It brings in that street element style that I love, creating a splatter paint effect.
Allow to set for 15-20 minutes and then break into pieces.

Eat Me - peanut butter chocolate bark

Because of the creamy peanut butter, this bark needs to be stored in the fridge so that it’ll behave like bark. Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark

Salty Chocolate Bark

By TheSweetNerd  

November 7, 2017

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 10 servings


24 ounces melting chocolate

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup Reese's Pieces

1 cup pretzels

8 ounces white melting chocolate


1Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave melting chocolate in 30 second intervals until melted.

3Whisk in peanut butter.

4Spread in a thin, even layer onto the parchment paper.

5Sprinkle with 1 cup butterscotch chips, Reese's pieces, and pretzels, lightly pressing to make sure they adhere to the melted chocolate.

6In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat some white chocolate for drizzling in the microwave for 30 seconds.

7Drizzle over the bark.

8Allow to set in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes and then break into pieces.



  • Savita @ ChefDeHome
    7 years ago

    I love combination of sweet and salty. Pretzel taste delicious with chocolate. Yum! Loving it! Pinning it too!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Ah fantastic – thanks for the pin! And I agree, I love the sweet and salty combo. Thanks Kavita!

  • This looks awesome!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Amy – it really pretty much tastes better than it looks. 🙂

  • 7 years ago

    I wouldn’t need the “eat me” letters to tell me to eat this. Pretty sure it would be gone before I saw that. 😉

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      This definitely does not last long. A sure hit – thanks Ben!

  • Oh my word…another luscious thing to seduce me into a chocolate coma. This looks freaking amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Traci! Me too. Chococoma. That’s a word right? It’s definitely a thing.

  • Anjali
    7 years ago

    YUM! Love this bark with pretzels and chocolate!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks! Yep, I needed to take a break from peppermint bark, and I always love pb and chocolate.

  • I absolutely adore homemade bark, ESPECIALLY around the holidays! This bark looks fabulous, girl! I mean, you can’t really go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate! This would make a terrific DIY gift for the holidays too!! Cheers! <3

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thanks Cheyanne – you’re so right. I love little DIY packages around the house, or for get-togethers at friend’s houses. You really can’t go wrong – try it!

  • Kendall
    7 years ago

    I looooove easy treats and this bark doesn’t disappoint! Yummy

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Super yum, super easy. Best combo.

  • Tessa
    7 years ago

    I love all these gifty treats you’re making lately. Perfect for the holidays!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      I have some more up my sleeve, Tessa! Check back. 🙂

  • Nothing better than an easy and delicious recipe! I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter. One of my faves!! This bark is perfect for the holiday season. Good luck with all of your cooking, and baking, and family visits!!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Thank you Olivia – you too! Happy early Thanksgiving.

  • 7 years ago

    This looks SO good! And it’s so darn cute, too! A nice simple treat to have out on the table all fall long.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      7 years ago

      Yes Karly, although I don’t know how long it’ll last on the table. 😉

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