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Red white and blue bark is a super easy no bake dessert recipe that is perfect for patriotic holidays like Memorial Day and Fourth of July. You can make this festive candy bark in just a few minutes, and it’s the perfect treat for summer cookouts and potlucks or sharing with friends and neighbors!

red white and blue bark with m and m candies on a plate

The kids and I have been making this patriotic candy bark for years. We always make peppermint bark at Christmas, Bunny Bark at Easter and Halloween Bark in the fall. So of course, we have to have patriotic colors for July 4th and the summer holidays.

One of the best things about this no bake dessert recipe is that it only takes a few minutes to prepare. And, no hot oven to heat up the house! Plus, you only need a few ingredients to make this red white and blue candy bark recipe!

Having a cookout? Serve this red white and blue dessert with Patriotic Popcorn, Red White and Blue Pretzels and Red White and Blue Poke Cake!

Patriotic Bark Ingredients

You only need 4 ingredients to make patriotic bark recipe, plus extra decorations if you want. They should be easy to find in your grocery store, craft store or online.

  • Semi sweet chocolate morsels — forms the base of the bark
  • Blue candy melts — add red candy melts if you like
  • White chocolate chips — or white candy melts
  • M and M’s
  • Red white and blue sprinkles or jimmies — look for patriotic sprinkles or star sprinkles in blue or white or red.

Since candy melts alone would be a tad too sweet, even for me, I decided to use semi-sweet chocolate as a base for the bark. This worked really well, and I love the way all of the colors look together!

How to Make Red White and Blue Bark Recipe

First, pour the chocolate morsels, white chocolate and blue candy melts into separate microwaveable bowls. Then, line a baking sheet with wax paper. Start by melting the the semi sweet chocolate in the microwave.

Follow the directions on the bag for melting chocolate in the microwave. Or, just heat the chocolate in 30-second intervals until it’s mostly melted, stirring gently in between intervals.

melted chocolate in rectangle shape on cookie sheet

Pour the melted chocolate on the lined baking sheet. Then, gently smooth it into a rectangle. Make sure it’s not too thick — around 1/8th inches is good. Pop the tray into the fridge for a few minutes to set faster.

Next, melt the white chocolate or white chocolate candy melts. Pour about half of the melted white chocolate on the semi sweet chocolate, and smooth it into a thin layer.

white chocolate layer over dark chocolate

Finally, melt the blue candy melts. Pour over the white chocolate layer and spread it gently into a thin layer using an offset spatula or knife, Pour the rest of the white chocolate over the blue, and use a toothpick or knife to create a swirl effect.

I found that it’s easier to get the swirl effect by letting the colors firm up just slightly before adding the layers.

Just don’t wait too long! You want the layers to stick together, but you still want them soft enough to blend.

swirl candy and chocolate layers together

Add red, white and blue M and M’s over the top layer. Tip — If you can’t find red, white and blue candies, you can just pick out red and blue from a regular bag.

If you want, you can also add some festive seasonal sprinkles or jimmies to this patriotic chocolate bark.

When you’re done decorating the bark, pop the tray into the fridge until the candy firms up.

If you’re in a hurry, you can even freeze the bark for a few minutes! Just don’t keep it in there too long. When the bark is firm, cut or break the bark into smaller pieces.

blue and white candy melts with red white and blue m&m's

How to Store Red White and Blue Chocolate Bark

Store this easy patriotic bark in an airtight container in a cool place. You can keep it in the fridge if your house is too warm to store at room temperature. It lasts about a week, if it lasts that long!

Actually, I keep it in the garage refrigerator to discourage the kids and me from foraging — those little pieces are so tempting.

patriotic candy bark on red and white plate

Recipe Tips

Let the melted candy coating cool slightly before swirling to get gorgeous swirls of color.

If you can’t find red, white and blue m&m candy, pick out the colors you need from a bag of regular m&m’s.

Freeze or refrigerate the bark for a few minutes to speed up the drying process if you are pressed for time.

And, I have to say that a pizza cutter does an awesome job of making neat slices, which is a good thing when you’re trying to show off that amazing blue and white swirl.

5 from 12 votes

Red White and Blue Bark

By: Dee
Red white and blue bark is a super easy no bake dessert recipe that is perfect for patriotic holidays like Memorial Day and Fourth of July
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
refrigeration: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15


  • 1 12-oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 12-oz bag of white candy melts or white chocolate chips
  • 1 12-oz bag of dark blue candy melts
  • red white and blue m and m candies
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  • Melt the chocolate chips slowly in a microwaveable bowl in 30-second increments, stirring between melting, or follow directions on bag
  • Spread a thin layer of chocolate onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet, and place in the refrigerator until just firm
  • Melt the white candy pieces, and layer half on top of the chocolate.
  • Melt the blue candy, and spread on top of the white layer, and add the rest of the melted white candy.
  • Then, use a toothpick, spoon or knife to swirl the colors together.
  • Finish by adding some red, white and blue candies on top. Cut into large pieces when firm


It’s easiest to add the layers when they are starting to firm up, but not completely set. 
Store covered in a cool place or in the refrigerator.


Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 24mg, Potassium: 139mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Recipe first published in 2015 and updated in 2023

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  1. Tracey says:

    Love this bark! Hardest thing to find is the M & M’s!5 stars

  2. Kathy says:

    What fun to make with the kids! Guests loved this treat for our get together!5 stars

  3. Sandra says:

    I really loved this festive treat!! Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  4. Beth says:

    We love this bark and I’m definitely making this again for the Fourth of July this year! So pretty and easy to make! This was such a big hit last year!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so glad you liked it, Beth. Thanks!

  5. Amanda Livesay says:

    This is so cute for the 4th! And so easy!5 stars

  6. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    This Red White and Blue Bark is the cutest EVER! I will make it ASAP!5 stars

  7. Beti | easyweeknightrecipes says:

    Oh my, this looks really, reeeally GOOD!! Perfect for summer parties!5 stars

  8. katerina @ says:

    This is a fantastic treat! My kids would love this!5 stars