Halloween Bark

Hi!

So, I was going to save this post till Wednesday since it is called "Halloween Bark," but I made it this weekend and it was such a hit I just couldn't wait any longer!
This past Saturday I went over to some friends' house for dinner. I was in charge of bringing a veggie side dish so I made these. Delicious, but I wanted to do something else...a little more...fun.
What's more fun than chocolate topped with tons and tons of Halloween candy?
We brought this out while we were all watching the Giants' game (World Series CHAMPS!!) and the only word to describe it is irresistable. You would take a small piece, break off a corner, you know, so you don't feel bad, but then that tiny piece would be gone far far too quickly, and you'd be going back for more. Some of the boys were even accusing me of mixing in one of any number of addictive substances into the candy! :) Nope guys, just full of Halloween goodness!
You know you have some halloween candy lying around the house right now. And, if you're anything like me, you buy the candy you love to eat. Every year I say I'm not gonna do it. Every year I think, "get the candy you don't like as much, then you won't eat it!" But alas, as I stand in the overflowing candy aisle at Target I cannot bring myself to put that bag of Almond Joy in my basket (sorry if you like Almond Joy!), and instead fill it with all the good stuff. I buy twice as much as I need for trick or treaters since it's not really a big deal if I have leftovers. :)
The great thing about this bark is it's kind of like a blank canvas. Whatever candy you have around works! I used a pretty good variety of standard halloween candy.
First, start with some good chocolate and just melt it down. Since the chocolate is the base of this bark, make sure to use good quality chips.
Melt the chocolate using a double boiler over medium low heat. You want it to melt slowly so it gets silky and stays shiny.
Then get your paintbrush/spatula ready and spread the chocolate on a piece of foil. This recipe is inspired from one I found on Bon Appetit and they don't say to grease your foil, but I sprayed mine with a bit of nonstick spray which I think made things much easier in the end.
While the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle on the candy. You really have to try and sprinkle it evenly because you want some of each in every piece! It is really funny to watch people sift through the pieces to find one that has all the candy they love on it. It's like treasure hunting for sugar hyped adults!
Then, just stick it in the fridge and let it cool at least 30 minutes. I left mine in the fridge till we were ready to eat it, I just think it tastes better chilled, but after it hardens you can peel off the foil and break it up into pieces. Unfortunately, you might be left with quite a few chocolate shavings and candy scraps after you are done, and you will just have to snack on them to clean up your cutting board. Bummer. ;)
I'm telling you, this is a halloween treat that will please both kids and adults. Not to mention it will definitely give you the sugar rush you need to stay up for those late night trick or treaters!
Enjoy!

Recipe: Halloween Bark

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Assorted halloween candy!
  • Suggestions:
  • M&M's
  • Reses pieces
  • peanut butter cups
  • Twix
  • Milky Way
  • Snickers
  • Whoppers
  • Whatever your heart desires!

Instructions

  1. Line baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. Stir chocolate chips in a double boiler set over medium low heat until melted and warm (not hot) to touch.
  3. Pour chocolate onto foil; spread to desired thickness - I did mine about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Sprinkle with candy, making sure all pieces touch melted chocolate to adhere.
  5. Chill bark until firm, 30 minutes.Peel off foil.
  6. Cut bark into irregular pieces.

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