Health & Fitness

Halloween-themed Chocolate Bark!

Halloween is coming up in one and a half weeks. To be honest, besides when I was a kid, I don’t really celebrate halloween. I am not creative or original when it comes to costumes and making themed food never crossed my mind. However, this year I suddenly felt an urge to try it out!

My mom wants to invite some family over to our house for dinner and we thought making some halloween-themed treats would be fun. I scoured Pinterest for some easy ideas since I’ve never made themed food before. Lo and behold – chocolate bark! I feel like this is one of the easiest treats to make and it’s hard to go wrong.

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Ingredients & Materials:

  • Chocolate
  • White chocolate
  • Toppings (nuts, dried fruit, M&Ms, etc)
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Spatula
  • Baking bowl

I didn’t really measure anything for this recipe. It’s mainly just dependent on how much you want to make and experiment!

First, toast the nuts I want to use as toppings. I pop them in the oven for a few minutes. This is an optional step. I find that roasting the nuts will bring out the smell and flavor of them.

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Once the nuts are toasted, I chopped them into smaller pieces because I wanted to taste the different nuts in each bite.

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Then it’s time to melt the chocolate. You can either do it in 30-second increments in the microwave or over the top of the stove. (Fill a bowl with water, heat up under another bowl that will contain the chocolate)

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Once it is melted evenly, spread onto a baking pan that’s lined with parchment paper. You can decide how thick you want your bark to be. Mine turned out to be pretty thin.

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The fun part is spreading the different toppings onto the chocolate base you just created. I wanted to draw ghosts on the bark so I melted white chocolate, dropped a spoonful onto the base and used a chopstick to draw out the arms and tails.

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After you’ve added all the toppings you like, pop them into the fridge to harden up.

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The last step is to break the slab of chocolate into smaller pieces. I used a knife to cut it up instead of breaking them apart with my hands because I found it easier to control the shape of each bark.

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And voilà! Done.

Some things I learned:

  • The chocolate you use is very important. I mixed semi-sweet chocolate chips with 80% dark chocolate but the chocolate still ended up sweeter than I preferred. The next time I make this, I’ll use only dark chocolate as the base.
  • Drawing on chocolate takes patience and practice. My ghosts didn’t come out looking the best, but it was decent and you can still tell what it is.
  • Adding salt will enhance the taste of the chocolate bark! Something I’ll try next time as well.

What are some of your favorite halloween-themed treats to make or eat? Let me know in the comments!

Love,
Annie

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