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Homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark

This easy, 15 minute DIY Halloween Chocolate Bark is the perfect way to use up all that leftover Halloween Candy!
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Homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark

When I was thinking about what I wanted to make to celebrate the haunting season I thought why not make a homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark with all of the Halloween candy I have sitting around tempting me on a daily basis.  I love Homemade Chocolate Barks for a multitude of reasons.  The main one being that chocolate barks look way more difficult to make than they actually are.  I also love that the possibilities of bark combinations are endless.  Plus candy barks make the cutest homemade food gifts! So for all those reasons and more, I’m thrilled to share my Homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark with ya’ll today! 

As stated above, candy barks are incredibly easy to make. All you need to create this homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark for yourself is baking chocolate, candies of your choosing (I used Mini Kit-Kats, Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms, Rolos, Sprinkles, and Candy Eyeballs), parchment paper and a sheet pan. 

Homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark

When it comes to the actual creating, the trick to creating a perfect homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark every time relays on 3 different things.

First, have your candy prepared and ready to place because you’ll need to work fast so the candies don’t melt into the bark.  The easiest way to do this is plan out in advance what candies you want to use, color themes you want to stick with, and most importantly have everything unwrapped and ready to go.  

Second, when spreading the chocolate out to create the bark base make sure to go thin. You’ll want the chocolate to completely cover the parchment paper, but just barely. This was my mistake the first time in trying this recipe. I made the bark way too thick which makes the chocolate bark taste too sweet, difficult to cut into pieces and incredibly hard to eat. 

Lastly, you need to let the chocolate cool for just a few minutes. If you begin placing the candies the second you have your bark spread out they’ll begin to melt. Wait 2-3 minutes and start with the non-chocolate candies that won’t melt like the candy eyeballs in this case. Candy Corn is also one of those great non-melting candies to try.

Homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark

After letting the bark cool in the fridge for at least 10 hours (I prefer overnight), you’re ready to cut it into pieces.  There’s no particular rhyme or reason to this, but I found the easiest way is to lay the bark out on a completely flat surface and with a very sharp knife start with the edges.  Your edges won’t have a finished look to them, and sometimes that works out to look great, but sometimes you’ll need to trim them. Next, cut the bark in half. It doesn’t necessarily have to be directly cut in half across, but by dividing the bark into two larger pieces it will make it easier to slice. Then try to either cut around the larger pieces or make it so you cut the larger pieces in half. 

And as best you can avoid touching the chocolate too much with your fingers.  Because the chocolate bark is thin your body heat will naturally begin to melt and smudge it if you touch it too much.

Once you’ve cut all the pieces, put the Halloween Bark back in the fridge for an hour to completely let the chocolate set and re-harden from any softening that may have happened while cutting.

Homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark

And voila, the cutest, most festive homemade Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark you’ve ever seen! I love whipping up a couple batches of this to gift to my neighbors and take into work. And how cute would this bark be served on this itsy bitsy spider plate!

See the recipe below, and if you’re reading this via Bloglovin’ you’ll need to click into the post to get the complete recipe. Happy Halloween friends! Truly, MKR

P.S. If baking isn’t your thing at all Williams Sonoma has some Mummy Halloween Bark that is almost as cute!

 

Halloween Chocolate Candy Bark
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Baking Chocolate of your choosing, you'll need about about 25-30 oz for one bark
  2. Candy of your choosing
  3. 1 tablespoon canola oil
  4. parchment paper
  5. sheet pan
Instructions
  1. Prepare all of the candies, removing all the wrappings, and set them aside where you plan to create your bark.
  2. Cut out parchment paper to the size of your sheet pan, and place inside your sheet pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot over medium to low heat melt your chocolate and stir with a spatula or whisk. You'll want to stir the entire time the chocolate is melting, otherwise you'll run the risk of burning your chocolate.
  4. When the chocolate has completely melted, turn of the heat and add canola oil. The oil helps the chocolate shine.
  5. Pour the chocolate out onto your parchment paper and spread with a spatula to create a thin layer. Once spread out, lift the pan just slightly and carefully hit down onto your surface. This will remove any air bubbles and help even it out.
  6. Let chocolate cool for 2-3 minutes then begin placing your candies. Once your candies are placed put the sheet pan into the fridge and let cool a minimum of 8 hours. I prefer to let it cool overnight.
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A Very Haunting Halloween

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For the overall color scheme I opted for a pallet of blacks, silvers, greys and natural linen.  My everyday lanterns were filled with black candles and flanked by plenty of mercury glass pumpkins.  I highly suggest investing in mercury glass pumpkins as they can easily transition well past Halloween and right on to your Thanksgiving table. Lastly, I enhanced the overall look with dripping dried moss and dried moss branches (which is my favorite way to get that spooky look), spiders, faux crows, chains, and skulls.  

I kept the serve-yourself table simple with a moody cheese board, mini black eyed pea salads, and fried chicken sliders.  The walking dead bowl was filled with dry ice and my favorite wine, and the warm bourbon punch served in festive glasses.  To round out the food portion I wheeled in my trusty bar cart full of candied apples, cake, and a sweet little takeaway tied up in burlap bags.

I must say, I’m just over the moon with how everything turned out.  Make sure to check out Jezebel for my top 10 entertaining tips and grab my recipes for the Candied Apples and Spiced Bourbon Punch below.  Happy Haunting Loves.  truly, MKR

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Candied Apples
Serves 8
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 apples
  2. 8 wooden skewers
  3. 2 cups granulated sugar
  4. 1 cup light corn syrup
  5. 1/2 cup hot water
  6. 1/2 cup red cinnamon candies (Red Hots)
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Wash and dry apples. Remove stems and place skewers firmly in place of the stems.
  3. Combine water, corn syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  4. Stir until sugar dissolves and continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 250 degrees.
  5. Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to prevent crystallization.
  6. Add cinnamon candies and stir briefly to incorporate.
  7. Continue to cook, washing down the sides, until candy reaches 285 degrees.
  8. Remove from heat and continue stirring candy until it is smooth and even.
  9. Hold an apple by the skewer and dip it into candy in saucepan, tilting the pan at an angle and rotating the apple to cover it completely with a smooth, even layer.
  10. Twirl it to remove excess candy and set on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
  11. Allow apples to cool at room temperature.
  12. Once completely cooled, pull out skewers and replace with a moss or tree branch for an extra spooky effect!
  13. NOTE: Candy apples are best enjoyed within 24 hours and once cooled are best stored in the refrigerator.
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Warm Bourbon Punch
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Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 gallon (16 cups) Fresh Apple Cider (I use Williams Sonoma Apple Cider Mix)
  2. Williams Sonoma Mulling Spices
  3. 3 cup(s) Bourbon
  4. Apple slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a stockpot combine and heat apple cider concentrate, water, and mulling spices.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, let cool for 5 minutes, then add bourbon.
  4. Garnish with thin cut apple slices and serve.
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7 Must-Try Ideas for Your Halloween Party

Here's How to Host a Chic & Haunting Holiday Soiree
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It all started back when I saw MKR’s wickedly chic Halloween shoot a few years ago…I started to believe that the Haunting Holiday can be just as beautiful and stylish as the rest. As MKR proves in her shoot, IT IS possible to avoid tacky, orange-and-black-themed everything, and instead blend silvers and greys with black, as you mix in candles, moss branches, spiders, crows and chains. Forget tchotchke and generic, and think tasteful and eerie. With great decor, a killer menu and the right costume (at least rock the stylish skull motif), you’ll be well on your way to hosting the best Halloween party on the block. 

Since it really can be SO good when it’s done right, we rounded up seven must-try ideas for your Halloween party in the slideshow above. From a hair-raising charcuterie plate to hauntingly beautiful and natural pumpkins DIYs, we’re sure you’ll find some stylish inspiration in our roundup.  Oh, and before you go, ask yourself what kind of modern haunted house you’re going for. Cheers, Kat

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PREPARE A HAIR-RAISING SPREAD

PREPARE A HAIR-RAISING SPREAD

SELECT CURED MEATS WITH AN UNCANNY RESEMBLANCE TO FLESH AND TASTY CHEESES AND OLIVS, LINE THEM UP ACCORDINGLY AND VOILA! YOU HAVE A HAIR-RAISING CHEESE PLATE THAT ALL WILL BE HAPPY TO DEVOUR.

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VIA WAITING ON MARTHA
GIVE YOUR PUMPKINS A NOIR TWIST

GIVE YOUR PUMPKINS A NOIR TWIST

YOU JUST CAN'T BEAT THE SIMPLICITY (AND EERIENESS) OF AN ALL-BLACK PUMPKIN, AND MAKES FOR A WHOLE LOT LESS OF A MESS THAN THE AVERAGE JACK-O-LANTERN.

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TAKE THE NATURAL ROUTE AND DECORATE WITH FLORAL WREATHS

TAKE THE NATURAL ROUTE AND DECORATE WITH FLORAL WREATHS

GIVE YOUR PUMPKINS A NATURALLY WHIMSICAL MAKEOVER WITH THIS FLORAL WREATH DIY. THE RESULT? GORGEOUS PUMPKINS THAT YOU'LL WANT TO KEEP AROUND WELL AFTER THE PARTY.

VIA TERRAIN
EMBRACE HALLOWEEN'S CHIC MOTIFS

EMBRACE HALLOWEEN'S CHIC MOTIFS

EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT WEARING A CRAZY COSTUME OR EXPERIMENTING WITH BODY MAKEUP THIS YEAR, YOU CAN STILL EMBRACE HALLOWEEN'S CHIC MOTIFS. OUR FAVORITE? SKULLS. AND WE'LL BE WEARING THEM LONG AFTER THE HOLIDAY IS DONE.

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SERVE THE PERFECT CANDY APPLES

SERVE THE PERFECT CANDY APPLES

HERE'S A TREAT THAT'S JUST AS STUNNING AS IT IS TASTY, AND FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. BE SURE TO WHIP UP A FEW OF THESE PERFECT CANDY APPLES AND DISPLAY FOR YOUR GUESTS TO ENJOY...THOUGH THEY'RE ALMOST TOO PRETTY TO EAT!

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DELIGHT WITH A STUNNING SEASONAL TREAT

DELIGHT WITH A STUNNING SEASONAL TREAT

SATISFY EVERYONE'S SWEET TOOTH BY SERVING A DELIGHTFUL DESSERT THAT ALSO SERVES AS THE PERFECT DECOR.

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VIA HALF BAKED HARVEST
DON'T FORGET COSTUMES FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS

DON'T FORGET COSTUMES FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS

WITH A CHIC PARTY TO HOST, DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE HUNDREDS OF ADORABLE AND HILARIOUS OPTIONS OUT THERE. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DRESS UP YOUR PETS. THEY'LL BE THE HIT OF THE PARTY!

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