To celebrate National Jelly Bean Day, I decided to make some delicious bark for the adults and decorate some cupcakes for the kids. This is great for Easter and all year around.

Gimbal’s Fine Candies provided me with two different types of jelly beans.

The first type of jelly beans are Gimbal’s Gourmet. These jelly beans include 41 flavors like Cotton Candy, Roasted Marshmallow, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Tiramisu among many other yummy flavors.

Gimbals Gourmet Jelly Beans

The other type of jelly beans are Cherry Lovers. These are slightly larger than original jelly beans and are in a heart shaped design.They are made with real cherry juice and include nine flavors: Wild Cherry, Cherry Vanilla, Black Cherry, Kiwi Cherry, Chocolate Cherry, Cherry Cheesecake, Bing Cherry, Cherry Daiquiri, and Cherry Cola.

Since I had two different styles of jelly beans, I made two different flavors of bark. I mixed the Gourmet Jelly Beans with White Chocolate and the Cherry Lovers with Semi-Sweet Chocolate.



5 to 7-oz Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans

12-oz White Chocolate Chips

2-tsp Vegetable Shortening


  1. Line a dish or baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Spread 1/3 of the jelly beans out on the wax paper.
  3. Microwave chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in an uncovered microwavable-safe bowl on medium-high power for about 1 minute, then stop and stir. If necessary, microwave in additional 10 seconds interval and stir until chips are melted.
  4. Stir in 1/3 of the jelly beans in the melted chocolate.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly on top of the wax paper with jelly beans. You want about 1/4″ thickness.
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the jelly beans across the top.
  7. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until firm.
  8. Break into pieces and store into an airtight container at room temperature.


Simply repeat this same process for the Cherry Chocolate Bark. Replace the chocolate with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and use Gimbal’s Cherry Lover Jelly Beans.


white chocolate gourmet jelly bean bark and milk chocolate cherry bark Gimbals


After making the bark, I still had some jelly beans left over. So I decorated some cupcakes and placed remaining jelly beans in a bowl for the family to snack on later.



Gimbals Fine Candies Jelly Bean Cupcakes Jelly Belly Cherry Lovers


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Brandi Hayden

Brandi Hayden

I'm Brandi from suburbs of Memphis, TN. I enjoy trying new products & services, and sharing my experience with others. My blog consists of my "Theory" on products and everyday life from a babe born on Easter.

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41 thoughts on “Jelly Bean Chocolate Bark Recipe with Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans”

  1. amy guillaume linderman

    i bet my boys would love to make this bark….but i also bet we would just eat them right out of the bag

  2. We would eat them by the handful i’m sure! Those cherry lovers look so tasty. I was addicted to fun dip, nerds, jolly rancher sticks, lemonheads and gum when I was a kid.

  3. I like to eat jellybeans right out of the bag, lol. My nephews love them, too. I might try putting them on the cookies we bake –I bet I could put them on right after taking the cookies out of the oven.

  4. Emily Ann Benzing

    I will probably have them out for everyone to eat, especially my boyfriend because he loves jelly beans! I would also try a recipe out.

  5. I’ve loved jelly beans since I was a kid. Although the bark looks delicious, I’d probably eat them right out of the bag.

  6. We very very rarely got treats!
    Easter, Christmas fudge my grandma made and a little at Halloween and that was it.
    My papa would splurge and buy big bags of Easter malted Balls.large..nothing like today. And, so colorful.
    Daddy would sometimes buy bit o honey and would let us pick out a candy bar at the little country market. I never chose pick a chicken stick, candy cigarettes my favorite zero bar. This happen maybe two to three times a year.

  7. Some of my favorite childhood candies were Reese’s Cups, Hershey Bars, Goetze’s Caramels or Cow Tails. I’m a big fan of jelly beans, too.

  8. My favorite candies were usually chocolate based but I was really fond of things like jellybeans & Sweettarts, too.

  9. This is so different. It sounds great. I can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless

  10. I am not a jelly bean fan at all. But I do have a friend who makes a lot of the Bark candy and she LOVES jelly beans. Sending her the link

  11. What a great idea, and it looks really easy too! I will definitely be making some of both kinds for my family, thank you so much for sharing! ?

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