This Halloween Chocolate Bark is a spooky treat to make with kids. It's unique, fun, easy to make and doesn't require any decorating skills.
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Halloween Chocolate Bark
If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween recipe to bring to a party or make for little the trick or treaters knocking on the door, then I’ve got you covered! We love this time of the year and try to come up with unique treats.
This homemade recipe is so easy to make with basic ingredients that you can find in all major grocery stores or online. My favorite part is that you don't need any special decorating skills.
It features dark chocolate, topped with ground Oreo cookies to resemble dirt, candy eyeballs and tiny mice made with chocolate covered almonds and pretzels.
What is Chocolate Bark?
It is actually a sheet of melted chocolate that is usually covered with nuts, dried fruits and candies. Once it has cooled, it is then cut up or broken into smaller pieces. It is called bark, because when finished it resembles the craggy surface of a tree bark.
Best Way To Melt Chocolate
A connoisseur will argue that the best way to melt is by tempering. It will have the right shiny top with crisp crunch, and doesn’t melt at room temp. It is a rather finicky process and might be intimidating for beginners or kids.
Easier method is by using a double boiler. Place the chips in a large heat-proof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water. Cook until it is almost entirely melted, stirring frequently. Remove bowl from water and stir until completely melted.
We have adopted the easiest way to melt using the microwave instead. Use a microwave safe bowl and warm in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one.
- Dark chocolate - Use semi sweet chips or baking bar (broken into pieces).
- Oreo cookies - Standard cookies and don't go for the fancy varieties like double stuffed.
- Chocolate covered almonds - This resembles the body of a mouse.
- Pretzels - Break small pieces of mini pretzel twists to form tails.
- Candy eyeballs - Can be found in all major grocery stores.
- White chocolate chips - You just need a small quantity to make eyes.
HELP FULL TIPS
- Adjust the recipe - Use this as a guide. Use as many eyes and mice that you need.
- Store bark in the refrigerator.
- Cut into larger pieces for a more visual appeal.
HOW TO MAKE?
Here is a quick overview of the process. Scroll to the bottom of the post for instructions and measurements.
- Crush Oreo cookies - Grind Oreos in a dry grinder or mini food processor to make a fine powder.
- Melt chocolate - Melt chips in microwave until completely melted and smooth.
- Assemble - Spread melted mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and spread to make an even ¼ inch thick layer.
- Sprinkle ground Oreos on it leaving a few spots open.
- Place candy eyeballs and almonds on the empty spots, pressing well to adhere.
- Break pieces of pretzels to form tails and press at the wider end of the almond to resemble tails.
- Melt white chips in microwave, spoon into a zip lock bag and pipe tiny dots on the narrow end of the almond to resemble eyes.
4. Chill to set and break into pieces.
HOW TO STORE?
It stays most stable chilled , so we suggest keeping in the refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
More Unique Halloween Treats:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Crush oreos into a fine powder using a mini food processor or any dry grinder.
3. Add chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each one. Make sure you don't overdo it. The chocolate is done when it’s about 90% melted. Remove from microwave, keep stirring until completely melted. (Alternately, you can melt it in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water).
4. Spread melted chocolate evenly over the center area of the parchment paper and spread to about ¼-inch thickness.
5. Scatter crushed oreos on the melted chocolate, pressing gently to adhere (make sure that you don't cover completely. We want empty spots to stick the candy eyeballs and chocolate almonds).
6. Place candy eyeballs and chocolate covered almonds on the melted chocolate (pressing into the chocolate so that it sticks well).
7. Stick broken pretzel pieces for tails (refer photos) on the wider end of the almond.
8. Place white chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 25 to 50 seconds, stirring every 20 seconds, until completely melted.
9. Spoon melted white chocolate into a quart size zip lock bag, seal and snip the corner (to make a tiny hole). Pipe eyes on the chocolate almonds (on the pointed end).
10. Place baking pan in refrigerator to harden. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, use your hands to break it into about pieces. Serve immediately, or cover and store at refrigerator for up to 1 week.
(We like the break into larger pieces for a more visual appeal)
Adjust the recipe – Use this as a guide. Use as many eyes and mice that you like.
Store bark in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 25 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g
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