Guys, I’m not sure that I can put into words how excited I am for Halloween. Candy, costume parties and an excuse to dress up my dog in whatever I want? Pretty much my ideal day. Throw in some spooky halloween bark and I’m *emoji praise hands* all day long.
I made a Halloween bark a few years ago and it was good. Really good. But my candy tastes have changed in the past two years so I knew I had to do an upgrade. A spooky upgrade. I mean really, how spooky are these Wilton Candy Eyeballs??
I included candy corn in my previous bark because it felt like the most Halloween of treats but this time, I changed things up a little. It won’t be a surprise to anyone to find out that M&Ms now make a candy corn flavor. I mean, they make just about every other flavor imaginable and I’m a sucker for snatching up all of their seasonal flavors. Remember when the Easter M&Ms were around? Gosh I miss those.
While I’ve managed to put most of the candy in our apartment to use in this bark, I’ve made no progress with ideas for our couples costume. Luckily we’re visiting my little brother in New York City this weekend and he loves Halloween as much as I do. If he can’t help us figure out a costume then there’s just no hope for us.
I’ll be in NYC for just under 36 hours which is actually my longest trip to the city in ages. I can’t decide if I want to pack my schedule full of activities or catch up on sleep and plan nothing. Part of me wants to try every coffee shop and bakery on the lower part of the island. Another part of me wants to watch movies that have been on my list for ages (anyone seen the Big Sick?) and have a few low-key awesome meals. Based on the fact that I’ve made it this far without making concrete plans, I’m going to assume we’ll be taking it easy this weekend.
Whether you’ve fallen prey to the giant candy aisles at the grocery store or find yourself with lots of leftover candy after Halloween, you’ll love this bark! I bought wayyy too much candy last week so I was so happy to find a way to transform it.
Ever since my chocolatier class last year, I’ve been trying to incorporate some tips into easier recipes. Tempering chocolate can be a tricky thing but it’s so worth it for the best chocolate texture and color. I learned a great tip from my girl Ina (I like to pretend we’re besties) that you can do at home without fancy chocolate or tools. By reserving some of your already tempered chocolate chips and mixing them into the melted chocolate, you’re cooling it and rebuilding the bonds in the chocolate. It’s going to harden quickly once the new chocolate has melted into the already melted chocolate so make sure you’ve prepped all your bark toppings so you can assemble it quickly!
- 1 cup chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups
- 1 cup chopped Kit Kats
- 4 cups white chocolate chips, divided
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
- 1 cup candy corn M&Ms
- ¼ cup Wilton candy eyeballs
- Roughly chop Reese’s peanut butter cups and Kit Kats. Set aside.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a non-stick mat.
- Place 3 cups of the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds and continue to microwave until fully melted. Remove from the microwave and mix in the rest of the white chocolate chips until they’ve melted. Place 1 ½ cups of the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds and continue to microwave until fully melted. Mix in the rest of the semi sweet chocolate chips until they’ve melted.
- Pour white chocolate onto the prepared pan and use a spatula to shape it into a thin rectangle. Drizzle with semi sweet chocolate. Top with chopped peanut butter cups, Kit Kats, candy corn M&Ms and candy eyeballs. Drizzle any remaining chocolate on top of bark.
- Let bark sit at room temperature until hard - about two hours. Chop bark and serve!