Post Halloween, there will surely be an abundant rainbow of sweets and confections at your disposal—unless you’ve managed to snack on your haul, we’re not judging. Utilize the leftovers for a delectable treat the whole family can enjoy. Here’s how.
What you’ll need:
- – 12 oz bag of chocolate chips, you may also use 1 1/2 cups of melting chocolate
- – various types of sweets to decorate wth, we opted for: marshmallows, dried fruit, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, jelly beans, Oreos, and cheesecake balls
- – sea salt, for garnish
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Begin by melting the chocolate chips in a large bowl by placing it in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds. Remove and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds, until it’s completed melted.
Pour the chocolate over the baking sheet and spread to a thin layer. Tip: Once the chocolate is set, you’ll want to add the toppings immediately, to ensure that they stick in place.
Separate the Oreo halves and carve out the filling from each half. Once you’ve accumulated enough of the halves (about half a box will do), place them in a blender and pulse until the mixture resembles a semi-coarse consistency. This will serve as the topping for our bark.
Pour the Oreo dusting over the melted chocolate, covering the entirety of the sheet pan. Now, it’s time to decorate!
Arrange toppings of your choice over the chocolate-Oreo mixture: now’s your chance to get creative! For our first batch, we layered the pan with dried fruit—strawberries, oranges, and pineapples—jelly beans, sliced Reese’s peanut butter cups, and cheesecake balls. Garnish with a light layer for coarse sea salt for a savory bite.
For our second batch, we opted for a more spooky approach. Melted marshmallows double as quite the ideal edible lookalike spider webs, who knew?
To recreate the look, melt a couple of marshmallows in the microwave for no longer than 10 seconds. Upon removal, use your fingers to gently pull apart the pieces of the marshmallow and lay it over your chocolate base, creating the look of a faux web. It will get sticky fast, so working quickly is key! Tip: Once you’re done, use hot water to remove the marshmallow from your fingers and work space.
We used licorice and jelly beans to recreate spiders, topping our bark off with a truly spooky touch.
Once you’ve added all the toppings, pop the bark into the freezer and chill for at least an hour. When ready to serve, the bark will easily break by hand.