Quick and Simple Halloween Candy Bark

Need an easy treat to bring with you to a Halloween party or to share with coworkers tomorrow? Don't have time to bake? This quick, festive bark should only take you about 10 minutes to make! Perfect for those of us whose cookies tend to turn out like rocks... I'm so guilty of this! Not only does this bark look cute but you can add different flavors and textures to suit your own tastes. 

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Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. Bittersweet dark chocolate (you can omit this for aesthetic reasons but I think it helps make it less intensely sugary)
  • 10 oz. White chocolate chips
  • Food coloring
  • Halloween Sprinkles
  • Mix ins such as candy corn, chocolate bars or even pretzels for a salty sweet option.
  • Parchment paper
  • Offset spatula

Directions:

Melt half of the dark chocolate in a small sauce pan on a very low temperature, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn't burn. Once the chocolate is melted remove from heat and mix in the rest of the dark chocolate, stirring until melted. This technique is called tempering and insures that your chocolate is smooth and shiny. Chocolate is incredibly easy to burn so be careful while melting!

On a sheet of parchment paper spread the chocolate out into a thin layer about 1/4 inch thick. Cool in the freezer or refrigerator until solid - about 10 minutes.

In another sauce pan add half of your white chocolate and heat slowly. In my experience it is even easier to burn white chocolate so as soon as it looks to be melting remove it from the heat and stir in the rest to temper it. The chocolate should be smooth and glossy. Allow to cool for a few minutes.

Remove your chocolate sheet from the refrigerator and pour half of the white chocolate on top. This will cause some of the dark chocolate to melt so do be careful not to add it while it is steaming hot. Smooth a layer of the white chocolate using an offset spatula. 

Add a few drops of food coloring to your remaining chocolate to color it orange. Spoon dollops of the orange chocolate across your sheet and use a toothpick to swirl it into the white chocolate creating a marble effect.

Next top your bark with sprinkles and candy making sure that they are in an even and attractive layer. For heavier items like candy corn or pretzels you should gently push each one in so that they will harden into the bark rather than falling off once it cools.

Chill for about an hour until completely solid. Once chilled, break bark into large irregular pieces and serve.