Halloween is almost here, which means it's time to start planning your Halloween season! Of course, one of the hallmarks of Halloween, besides pumpkin spice everything, is Halloween themed treats. But if you're like me and you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen on Halloween day baking up a storm, this recipe for easy Halloween chocolate bark might be perfect for you.
With only three ingredients needed - chocolate chips, themed sprinkles (or any other kind of festive toppings), and holiday-themed candy (like candy corn) - there is no excuse not to make some delicious Halloween bark before October 31st arrives.
Halloween Candy Bark Recipe
Chocolate candy bark is an easy Halloween dessert to make and lots of fun to decorate. This bark can be made any time of the year, but I love making it for Halloween with so many choices of leftover Halloween candy, candy eyeballs, and lots of sprinkles. It's one of my favorite Halloween candies, and it's so easy to make, and a fun treat your children will love to help.
What Do I Need To Make The Bark
This is an easy dessert in terms of simple ingredients and equipment.
- Dark Chocolate - I used a bag of Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate chips. Go with your favorite chocolates. Just make sure you are getting the best your budget allows. This recipe is all about the chocolate.
- Halloween Themed Sprinkles
- Candy Corn or your favorite candy
- Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
- Baking Sheet Pan
- Offset Spatula
- Small cellophane bags if you want to give them out as treats
Melting The Chocolate
A lot of people prefer to melt their chocolate in a microwave. Which works but I don't like having to stand at the microwave every 30 seconds to manage it. If you want to go with the microwave method, put your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds. At the end of the time, stir the chocolate. Continue this process until the chocolate is melted. It's important not to overcook the chocolate. It will seize up, and you will have a horrible grainy mess on your hands, and your melted chocolate will need to be tossed in the trash.
I prefer the double boiler method. To use this method, fill your bottom pot with 1 - 2 inches of water. Place your glass or metal bowl full of chocolate on top. Turn on your burner to simmer. The steam created from the water in the bottom pot will heat the bowl of chocolate and melt it. Stir once in a while until the chocolate is liquid.
How To Make Halloween Chocolate Bark
To get started, turn your sheet pan upside down and place a piece of parchment paper on it. I like to use the sheet pan upside down because it's easier to move the chocolate once it's hardened. You slide it right off the pan instead of having to cut small pieces to get it out of the pan. Then you can use a long knife to get larger, cleaner cuts instead of small bite-size pieces.
Pour the melted chocolate on top of the parchment paper. Spread the chocolate out with your offset spatula. You want the chocolate to be in an even layer. Shoot for about ¼" thick. Ok, that was the hard part. Now comes the fun part!
On my bark, I sprinkled on candy corn, Halloween sprinkles, and candy eyes. Now you can keep it simple like this or whip up a more traditional Halloween candy bark. Think bite-sized snacks like Kit Kats, plain candy bars, cookie pieces, peanut butter cups, Reese's pieces, pretzels, or whatever your favorite Halloween candy is. You can put all of these on top of your melted chocolate to make a sweet treat. Just be sure to space them out some and don't overcrowd the pieces, and use smaller pieces. Remember, you still need to cut through them once everything is hardened up.
Once you have all your pieces on the bark, you just let it rest until it is hardened. The better way to do this is to speed up the process by placing it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Since we did not temper this chocolate, it's easiest to cool it in the fridge.
How To Break The Halloween Bark
When the bark is set, slide the parchment paper off the cookie sheet onto a cutting board. Use a sharp knife and cut your pieces. Stick to about 3" sizes. Because this chocolate is not tempered, it melts quickly. So you don't want someone to have to hold a large piece of bark that is just going to melt all over their fingers.
How To Store the Halloween Bark
You can store your bark in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Also, if you want to make your bark a gift, store it in a small cellophane bag and tie it with a ribbon. This chocolate bark is an excellent gift for your coworkers or neighbors. I know my neighbors always love getting this spooky treat.
Easy Halloween Chocolate Bark
- 20 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (567 grams)
- 1 cup Halloween Themed Sprinkles
- 1 cup Candy
- Turn baking pan upside down, and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate either with microwave or double boiler.
- Pour the chocolate onto parchment paper, spread with a spatula to about ¼ inch thick.
- Sprinkle the candy and sprinkles onto the chocolate.
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to cool for about 30-45 minutes.
- Slide the chocolate off the sheet pan and onto a cutting board. Cut and serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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