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Mardi Gras Candy Bark Recipe

This Mardi Gras Candy Bark recipe is such an easy way to incorporate green, yellow, and purple into your Mardi Gras party.

It’s is a great way to celebrate Mardi Gras at home. Click that link for more ways to celebrate.

Green, yellow, and purple candy bark, with white sugar pearls, on a pile with beads around it and the words "Mardi Gras Candy Bark" digitally written on top.

The Mardi Gras party we went to last year required everyone to bring a New Orleans-inspired dish to pass. There was a bunch of dishes with andouille sausage, but only one Mardi Gras candy bark.

Oh yes, that’s what I brought.

It was beautiful and colorful and perfectly looked like Mardi Gras. Plus, it was a lot easier than cooking crawfish.

So, if you want to celebrate Mardi Gras and aren’t in the mood to make jambalaya, this candy bark is for you.

Plus, it assures there is a dessert at the party too — in case someone forgot to order a King Cake!

Mardi Gras Candy Bark Recipe

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Yellow, green, and purple candy melts, and white sugar pearls, in bowls.

Mardi Gras Candy Bark Ingredients:

How To Make Mardi Gras Candy Bark:

The purple candy melts are going to be our base and main color, which is why you need double those compared to the yellow and green.

Melted green, yellow, and purple candy melts in a pan.

Melt the purple candy melts according to the package.

The easiest way to do this is to put the candy melts in a microwavable bowl. Heat the candy melts for one minute, then remove them from the microwave and stir.

Heat for an additional 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat that until the candy melts are completely melted.

Pour the melted purple candy melts on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

If you don’t have wax paper, you can either use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

You don’t want to just make this directly on a cookie sheet without one of those three options between because the candy melts will get stuck to the cookie sheet and you’ll have a hard time getting it off.

Spread it with either an icing knife or the back of a spoon until it’s one layer of uniformed thickness.

Melt the yellow candy melts according to the package and/or the method above.

Drop dollops of the melted yellow candy melts into the purple candy melts. Begin to spread the dollops out with a toothpick.

Melt the green candy melts according to the package and/or the method above.

Drop dollops of it into the yellow and purple candy melts.

Mix all the colors together using a toothpick, making sure to go side to side.

Do not mix in circles or you will just be stirring all the colors together.

At the very end, run the toothpick up and down once to create a feathered look.

You want to do all this quickly because you don’t want the candy melts to harden before you get all the colors swirled together.

Mardi Gras candy bark with sugar pearls in it.

Drop sugar pearls into the still warm candy melts. You can arrange them to look like Mardi Gras beads or drop them at random.

Use the back of a toothpick or spoon to gently push the sugar pearls into the candy melts. If you don’t do this, there’s a good chance they’ll fall off.

Mardi Gras candy bark cut into pieces.

Cool the candy completely in the fridge, for at least 20 minutes.

When the Mardi Gras candy bark is hardened, cut it into pieces. You can cut them haphazardly. Don’t worry about them being uniformed.

Be sure to cut around, not through, the sugar pearls.

Mardi Gras Candy Bark: Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Mardi Gras Candy Bark purple, green, and gold?

Purple, green, and gold are the traditional Mardi Gras colors.

Purple represents justice; green represents faith; gold represents power.

You can read more about the Mardi Gras colors and the celebration’s history here.

Can I use chocolate chips instead of candy melts?

I wouldn’t suggest using chocolate chips instead of candy melts to make this Mardi Gras Candy Bark recipe.

Chocolate chips don’t come in colors, so you won’t be able to get the green, yellow, and purple that you need for Mardi Gras.

Even if you do find rainbow chocolate chips, that’s usually an outside candy coating that is rainbow colored, not the entire chocolate chip. So if you melt those, you’ll end up with a mess rather than this.

If you’ve never used candy melts before, be sure to read out Tips For Using Candy Melts post in order to feel more comfortable with them before making this candy bark.

And, if you want more ideas, check out our full list of 10+ Unique Candy Bark Ideas.

How can you store leftover Mardi Gras Candy Bark?

After the candy bark is broken into pieces, you can easily store it in an airtight container.

It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, although we do usually keep ours in the fridge because it gets warm here in North Carolina.

How long can you store leftover Mardi Gras Candy Bark?

Leftover candy bark will last for a few weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. That’s great because it means you can make Mardi Gras Candy Bark ahead of time, then store it in your fridge until your Mardi Gras party.

Mardi Gras Candy Hershey Chocolate Mix.

Purchase Mardi Gras candies Online:

If you want to serve candy for Mardi Gras, but you don’t want to make your own, we found you options.

Check out the Mardi Gras candy you can purchase below:

Mardi Gras Meringues cookies on a plate with Mardi Gras beads.

More Mardi Gras Ideas:

If you’re celebrating Mardi Gras and want some more ideas, be sure to check out our other Mardi Gras ideas below:

Yield: 40 Pieces

Mardi Gras Candy Bark

This Mardi Gras Candy Bark recipe is such an easy way to incorporate green, yellow, and purple into your Mardi Gras party.

Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz.) purple candy melts
  • 1/2 bag (6 oz.) yellow candy melts
  • 1/2 bag (6 oz.) green candy melts
  • White sugar pearls

Instructions

  1. Melt the purple candy melts according to the package. Pour the melted purple candy melts on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Spread it with either an icing knife or the back of a spoon until it’s one layer of uniformed thickness.
  2. Melt the yellow candy melts according to the package and/or the method above. Drop dollops of the melted yellow candy melts into the purple candy melts. Begin to spread the dollops out with a toothpick.
  3. Melt the green candy melts according to the package and/or the method above. Drop dollops of it into the yellow and purple candy melts.
  4. Mix all the colors together using a toothpick, making sure to go side to side. At the very end, run the toothpick up and down once to create a feathered look.
  5. Drop sugar pearls into the still warm candy melts. You can arrange them to look like Mardi Gras beads or drop them at random. Use the back of a toothpick or spoon to gently push the sugar pearls into the candy melts. If you don’t do this, there’s a good chance they’ll fall off.
  6. Cool the candy completely in the fridge, for at least 20 minutes.
  7. When the Mardi Gras candy bark is hardened, cut it into pieces. You can cut them haphazardly. Don’t worry about them being uniformed. Be sure to cut around, not through, the sugar pearls.

Nutrition Information

Yield

40

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 1Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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