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.
Ingredients & Materials:
- White chocolate
- Toppings (nuts, dried fruit, M&Ms, etc)
- Baking pan
- Parchment paper
- 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.
Once the nuts are toasted, I chopped them into smaller pieces because I wanted to taste the different nuts in each bite.
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)
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.
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.
After you’ve added all the toppings you like, pop them into the fridge to harden up.
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.
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!