White chocolate almond bark is a bit of a misleading name, as the ingredient does not actually contain any chocolate. Instead, almond bark is another name for confectionery coating, which can be in white, milk or dark chocolate flavors. In place of white chocolate almond bark, use white chocolate candy chips or, in a bind, white chocolate mixed with shortening.
Almond Bark Confectionery Coating
Despite its name, white chocolate almond bark does not contain any nuts, but it is prized for its taste, texture and meltability. Use it to decorate baked goods, such as cakes or cupcakes. It can be dark, milk or white chocolate flavored, but it does not contain and chocolate liquor or cacao butter.
Almond bark comes in a range of forms, from blocks to chips to individually wrapped squares. It is also the name brand of a variety of confectionery coating.
White Chocolate Candy Chips
White chocolate candy chips, also known as white chocolate candy melts, are similar to almond bark in taste, texture and composition. While they does not have the brand name of almond bark, the chips can be used similarly, as they also melt easily and harden to produce a smooth coating.
Substitute the chips for the bark in a 1:1 ratio, so a 1/2-cup of chips would be the equivalent of a 1/2-cup of almond bark.
White chocolate is made of cocoa butter, the fat naturally found in cacao beans, the main ingredient for making chocolate. It also contains sugar, which gives it its sweet taste, and dairy products, to give it richness and creaminess.
To substitute white chocolate for white chocolate almond bark, use a 1:1 ratio of chocolate to almond bark, and add 1 tablespoon shortening. Stir the shortening into the melted white chocolate. The added shortening makes the chocolate easier to melt and gives it a smoother, creamier texture.
Use either white chocolate chips or white baking chocolate for the white chocolate. In the case of white baking chocolate, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of white sugar to the melted chocolate and shortening blend, as baking chocolate is less sweet.
Almond bark is also the name of a well-known chocolate-based candy, which can be made with white chocolate. Unlike almond bark confectionery coating, almond bark the candy is made from real chocolate -- white, milk or dark -- and contains chopped or whole roasted almonds. In some cases, additional ingredients, such as sea salt or cinnamon, are added to give it a flavor twist.