Unicorns, mermaids, fairies… they’re all imaginative favorites for play and parties! This mermaid bark, inspired by Bread Booze Bacon, is a sweet treat that’s whimsical and mythical — ideal for a kids’ party, a beach-themed event, or a gift for a mermaid fan.
Although the swirls and scallops of purple, white and pink, dotted with shimmer candies and sprinkles, make them look like they took hours of work and gobs of talent, they’re really simple and fast to make.
Our mermaid bark recipe calls for white, purple and pink candy melts and coordinating candy decor; however, you can add or substitute different hues of candy melts and decor to make this fun candy bark fit your very own. You’ll find candy melts, shimmer candies and sprinkles at craft stores and some large grocery stores.
Candy melts are a godsend for kitchen candy makers. They’re more forgiving during the melting process than white chocolate, and they come in a huge array of colors.
To melt them, place each color in its own microwave-safe bowl. Microwave each color for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until the candy is smooth and melted completely. Work quickly to get all three colors melted separately, but ready at the same time. (If you want to color white candy melts, be sure to only use a food coloring specifically made for candy and chocolate — an oil-based colorant or powdered candy coloring.)
On a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper, drop large dollops of each color, making sure that different colors are next to each other. Use an offset spatula to swirl the colors together, evenly spreading the melted candy across the baking sheet. Be sure to spread them just enough so they look swirled, but that you don’t muddle the different colors together.
Next, waste no time in sprinkling the candy bark with sweets and shimmers and sprinkles! You want the candy decor to set firmly on top of the melted candy as it hardens (so you might need to gently push some of the toppings down into the bark).
Once it’s decorated, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes so it can firm up. After the bark has hardened, peel it up from the parchment or waxed paper and use clean hands to break it into large and small pieces.