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Matcha Holiday Bark

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Holidays


Vibrant and delicious, this Matcha Holiday Bark is the perfect gift to bring for the holiday festivities!



  • Canola cooking spray
  • 1 ½ teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon (Japanese) matcha powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups white chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon black sesame seeds


  1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch cookie sheet pan with cooking spray. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper, with overlap.
  2. In a medium glass mixing bowl, microwave 1 ½ cups of the bittersweet chocolate chips in 30-second increments until melted. Remove bowl from microwave and add in remaining ½ cup chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted. Spread the melted chocolate into the sheet pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the canola oil, matcha powder, and cayenne powder. Set aside.
  4. In a large glass mixing bowl, microwave 3½ cups of the white chocolate chips in 30-second increments until melted. Remove bowl from microwave and add in the remaining ½ cup of white chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted. Pour the matcha powder mixture into ½ cup of the melted white chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Using a large spoon, spread large spoonfuls of the matcha chocolate and white chocolate over dark chocolate layer in the pan. Use the tip of a skewer to decoratively make swirls in the chocolate.
  6. Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top to decorate. Break off into uneven bite-sized pieces when ready to serve.
  7. Let sit at room temperature about 2 hours, until firm. Can be stored in the refrigerator in a container for 2 weeks.


  • Overlapping the parchment paper over the baking sheet allows you to pull out the bark easily once it’s set.
  • Sprinkle the black sesame seeds over the bark BEFORE it sets!
  • For an extra crunch add chopped, roasted almonds to the matcha mixture.
  • If you don’t want to melt the chocolates in the microwave, you can always use a double boiler.
  • Make this in advance, store it in the fridge or freezer, and pull it out for your holiday guests!

[Adapted from Food and Wine, December 2016.]

Keywords: matcha bark, easy holiday bark, chocolate bark, tasty holiday bark