Halloween Candy Bark

I’ll admit that I’m not really a huge fan of Halloween. I don’t like to dress up, I’m over scary movies, and I could just do without the “holiday.” I think it’s fun for kids, but as an adult, I find it pointless. Sorry.

Just because  I don’t love Halloween doesn’t mean I’m that house who doesn’t answer the door when kids ring the bell, though. Like I said, I think it’s fun for kids, so sure, I’ll give them candy (but only if they say “trick-or-treat” and not if they just stand at the door with their bag open). So, a few years ago, I bought a ton of candy thinking that I’d get a lot of trick-or-treater’s at my house. Boy, was I wrong! We got maybe 10 kids. Good thing I bought a package of 120+ pieces of candy. Sigh. So, instead of eating all the candy, I decided to chop it up and throw it in some melted chocolate. Voila! What resulted was Halloween Candy bark!

The first time I made it, I chopped up the candy, then mixed the pieces in some melted milk chocolate. I then spread it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to cool. The problem with this is that it looked ugly. It kind of looked like chewed up and spit out candy bar. Yeah. Sick.

The following year, we again bought way more candy than we needed. I made the bark in the same way, but drizzled melted white chocolate on top for some visual appeal. Again, it tasted good and looked just a little less gross.

This year, I think I got it. It turned out looking so festive! I used a slightly different method and threw some candy corn on top. Success!

Ingredients:
3-4 fun sized Baby Ruth bars
3-4 fun sized Butterfinger bars
3-4 fun sized 1000 Grand bars
3-4 fun sized Crunch bars
3-4 fun sized Snickers bars
3-4 fun sized Milky Way bars
3-4 fun sized 3 Musketeers bars
2 regular sized Heath bars
1 regular sized Cookies ‘n Cream Hershey bar
1/2 cup of Peanut Butter M&Ms
1/2 cup of mini marshmallows
1/2 cup candy corn
12-16oz milk chocolate, melted
2oz white chocolate, melted

Directions:

  1. Chop up candy into small pieces. Note: You can use whatever leftover Halloween candy you have, or whatever you like. The ingredients listed are just what I used for this batch.
  2. Melt about 12-16 oz. milk chocolate. To save time, I melted mine in the microwave. You could certainly melt it in a double broiler instead.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Spread the chocolate out evenly so you have 1/8″ to a 1/4″ in thickness.
  4. Press the chopped up candy into the chocolate. Note: If you have left over candy or melted chocolate, or just want to make the ultimate bark, add another layer. After I pressed in the candy, I added another layer of melted chocolate and more chopped candy.
  5. Melt the white chocolate (again, I did this in the microwave). Use a spoon or silicon spatula to drizzle on top of your bark.
  6. Press in the candy corn, and top with more white chocolate if desired.
  7. Let the bark set at room temperature, or in the refrigerator. Once set, break off or cut into smaller pieces. Enjoy!

Chewy Popcorn Balls

Before this weekend, I had never attempted to make my own popcorn balls before. I was never a huge fan of the traditional Halloween treat, but when I asked my husband what I should bring to a Halloween party that is kid friendly, he responded without skipping a beat, “Popcorn Balls!!” So, I challenged myself, and the result was far better than expected.

I decided to make the popcorn balls look like pumpkins, so I ended up putting chocolate Twizzlers in them to be the stem of the pumpkin. I wanted green Twizzlers, but I couldn’t find any. I’m not a fan of chocolate flavored Twizzlers, but in this case, they were merely for appearance.

I combined a couple of recipes to get to my end result, which not only looked good, but tasted great. They were the perfect combination of chewy, buttery, and sweet…perfect. Enjoy!

Chewy Popcorn Balls – Pumpkins

Yield: 16-20 popcorn balls

Ingredients:
3/4 cups light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons cold water
2 & 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 & 1/2 cups marshmallows
3 bags of popped microwave popcorn (I used lightly buttered)
red and yellow food coloring
chocolate flavored Twizzlers, cut in half

Directions:

  1. Pop the three bags of microwave popcorn and put into large bowls. Make sure to sift out the kernels.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, margarine, cold water, confectioners’ sugar and marshmallows. Add red and yellow food coloring to get to your desired shade of orange (2 drops red, 3 drops yellow). Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Quickly and carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel. Be careful – it will be very hot! You can use a silicon spatula to coat the popcorn.
  4. Grease your hands with vegetable shortening and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls around half a chocolate flavored Twizzler before it cools. Again, be careful – the mixture will still be hot. You might want to use rubber gloves (still greased).
  5. Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.