Guys we’re well into fall and that means that Halloween is right around the corner!
Not that I could forget. I have a classroom, make that a whole school of students who remind me every single day that this is the time to be dressing up as your favourite character, carving pumpkins and swapping sweets. They can hardly wait! The anticipation for school children is huge. I mean, it’s a pretty big deal.
My crew at home is too old for dress up now. Although, they still dig right in to the bowl of mini chocolate bars I leave out on the table! I do miss those days with them though. My youngest dressed up as a puppy one year and was seriously the cutest thing ever. I still keep that picture out because I just adored his little floppy red ears and painted black nose.
And I must confess that I also miss the bags of candy they used to bring home. I always did my parenting duties of checking over the candies (which was really my way of scoping out who had what). Then we said 3 treats a day until the bag was pretty much gone.
Or I had stolen all the good stuff, whichever came first.
So now that they’re older, I look for creative ways to celebrate the special day so we can still have some goodies too. And I’m not gonna lie, I’m at the store the days after Halloween stocking up on reduced bags of mini chocolate bars, which we snarf down at record speed.
So this tray of Halloween Bark, I made for the kids last week-end. There’s a million ways to make bark and a million ways to decorate it, and not one of them is wrong. Melt chocolate, swirl chocolate, and then embellish with candy or nuts. I like to add another layer, a cookie layer, because it gives a yummy added crunch and texture. And it’s chocolate wafer cookies, which is never a mistake.
Let me tell you friends, no one was in this darn bark tin more than me. It’s insanely addictive.
Have a spook-tacular Halloween friends. Boo!
- one package chocolate wafer cookies
- 2 cups orange chocolate wafers
- 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips or wafers
- 1 cup white chocolate wafers
- 1 cup Halloween Smarties
- 1 cup chocolate covered pretzels, chopped
- 1/2 cup candy corn
- 2 tbsp. Halloween sprinkles
- 1/2 package Wilton Candy Eyesballs
- 1 cup coloured sweet popcorn
Line a 12 x 18 sheet pan with parchment.
- Place the chocolate wafer cookies in a single layer on the parchment lined sheet; set aside. Use 3 double boilers to melt each chocolate colour. Spread and swirl melted chocolate, one colour at a time, on top of the wafer cookies. Top with candy pieces. Refrigerate until firm. Break into chunks and serve! Keep uneaten bark in an air tight container at room temperature or wrap pieces in cello for cute gifts!