Introduction: 5-minute Halloween Candy Bark

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This spooky 5-minute Halloween Candy Bark is dead easy, can be customized for your favorite color and candy, and can actually be made in under 5 minutes!  It's perfect for a last-minute Halloween party treat, or as a way to use up all your left-over candy.  All you need is a microwave, and you're in business.

Bonus: I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the resulting treat tastes better than the sum of its parts!  Everyone at Instructables HQ loved it, and you will too. 

If you make it, share a picture!  I'll give a free 3-month Pro membership to anyone who makes their own version of Halloween Bark and posts a picture in the comments by the end of the day on November 7, 2010.

Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

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Basic Bark Ingredients:
White chocolate for the base1
Green food coloring (or your favorite color - purple or orange would be gross too)
Candy for the top2
Dark chocolate for drizzling (optional)

Vegan3 Bark Ingredients:
Dark chocolate for base & drizzling
Candy for top

Waxed paper (optional)4
Plate or tray (optional)4
Refrigerator (optional)4

1I used Hershey's Cookies & Creme minibars, as they were the cheapest form of white chocolate available; use what you've got.  The cookie bits added nice color/crunch.
2I used Reese's Pieces and Cups, Butterfinger, and M&Ms.
3Read ingredients lists carefully, as many chocolates & candies have stealth dairy.  I wasn't fond of this version, but then I don't like dark chocolate or Twizzlers.  YMMV.
4I made this on a hot day here in SF, so had to put my bark into the fridge so it would harden.  The waxed paper makes it easy to pick up and transport without sticking. A truly minimalist version could involve making the bark directly on the counter in a cold house.

Step 2: Melt, Color, and Spread Chocolate Base

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- Unwrap your chocolate, place it in a dry microwave-safe bowl, and pop it in the microwave.
- Cook in 15-second increments, stirring with a spoon or spatula between each segment.

- When lumps are gone, add food coloring and stir. 
- Repeat until you get a suitably gross color.  I used about a dozen drops for my 10 oz of chocolate. 

- Spread chocolate on a piece of waxed paper, plastic wrap, or parchment.  It should be at least 1/4" deep, as you want enough thickness to add chunks later.

Picking a color: Irecommend green, purple, orange, or blue: choose your favorite, and make sure it complements the colors of the candy you've chosen.

Check out the Cookies n' Creme - not only did it melt faster than I'd expect for white chocolate chips, those cookie bits look really weird when you add food coloring.  Bonus ick factor!

Step 3: Add Chunks & Set

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Distribute bits of candy over the melted chocolate base.  You may choose to chop up larger candies like Reese's cups, candy bars, etc so they're bite-size.  Choose a mix of candies you think will taste good, or that will taste utterly gross together - it all depends on your goals.

I was careful about color distribution, but you could skip the anal-retentive nonsense and dump your candy on there all at once.  Just be sure to press the candy in so it sticks to the chocolate.

If it's a warm day, put the chocolate in the fridge to set; on a cool day, it should set up quickly right there on your counter top.

Optional bonus step:
Drizzle the top with a contrasting color of chocolate.  I used dark chocolate (leftover from the vegan experiment), but you could also tint some more white chocolate in another disgusting color.  I'm thinking purple could have gone over well here.

Step 4: Cut & Serve

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Cut or break your Halloween bark into single-serving chunks, and stack on a plate. Position it strategically to distract the approaching zombie hordes.

I like the irregular look of hand-broken pieces, but since it was a balmy 85F in San Francisco yesterday the chocolate was too warm to break nicely.  Thus the knife.

So, how did it taste? I asked the usual suspects found loitering around Instructables HQ to give it a go.  They looked at the Halloween bark suspiciously, but agreed to try small pieces.  Then they came back demanding more Halloween bark.

Verdict:this stuff is excellent, and tastes better than the sum of its parts.  It looks appropriately gross, is totally customizable, and takes almost no time to make - it's now a permanent part of my Halloween repertoire.


anny_yu (author)2010-10-16

What a great idea of making cady bar and FUN to make too!

I tried red coloring, but the white chocolate somehow got crystalized when the coloring is added. Anyway, the end results looks more "disgusting" than expected

TechNerd1012 (author)anny_yu2010-10-17

That looks really cool, actually! Interesting effect

anny_yu (author)TechNerd10122010-10-18

Beginners luck~~ :)

supersoftdrink (author)anny_yu2010-10-16

Real chocolate (or white chocolate with real cocoa butter) will seize if a little bit of water is added. Food coloring has water.

The fake stuff made with partially hydrogenated oils won't stiffen or crystallize if you add food coloring, which is why most people use the fake stuff for bark.

If you can find powdered food color pigments, those work a lot better for real white chocolate. :)

anny_yu (author)supersoftdrink2010-10-18

Mystery solved!!! Thanks heaps for the tip, now i know why~!

canida (author)supersoftdrink2010-10-18

Good to know! I've only ever colored the fake stuff, apparently. I'll add the info to the Instructable.

Though the effect here looks totally awesome. ;)

canida (author)anny_yu2010-10-18

Wow, the crystallized bits of red food coloring look like fresh blood! Awesome. ;)

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anny_yu (author)canida2010-10-18

Yes, i was going for the dripping blood effect, although the red coloring didn't mixed well, it still turned out quite good. Thank you for the great idea and the pro membership~!

bama_gurl0394 (author)2013-10-27

dark chocolate under white chocolate with candy corn<3 and red and black m&m's my favorite candies... my boyfriend hates candy corn so this was for me

danlynne07 (author)2012-10-07

this looks like fun and tasty thing to do anytime.

black hole (author)2011-12-21

This looks really good! Of course, it'll knock 10 years off of my life, but it still looks tasty.

courtzandme (author)2010-10-30

I made the recipe and it was really good. Here is my photo. You'll notice Doritos for saltiness, nibs for chewiness, reese's bits and candy for crunchiness, chocolate chips and oreo bits for added chocolate goodness!

canida (author)courtzandme2010-11-09

Wow, Doritos - THAT's scary! And probably great color, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe and pictures!

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jasmaria (author)2010-11-01

I used Wilton's Candy Melt in spooky green with, Monster Munny, Peanut Butter Pumpkins, Dots, Herseys Candy Corn Kisses, and Purple Frosting.

canida (author)jasmaria2010-11-09

Nice! That's quite a combination. And I love the purple frosting - it's the perfect finish. ;)

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mamachelle (author)2010-10-21

Yay! I just made this with my 6 year old niece, it was loads of fun! I don't like much "fruit" candy, so we used alllll CHOCOLATE! We used the Hersey cookies n cream as the base because I couldn't find plain white chocolate. I had her pick out all the red, green, orange, and brown M&M's (regular and peanut butter) and unwrap a bunch of rolo's and peanut butter cups. Sprinkled on some green/black/purple cake confetti, and... Voila! Thanks for such an awesome recipe!

canida (author)mamachelle2010-10-25

Awesome! I love the cake confetti - it's an easy way to add some colors not found the standard chocolate candy assortment. I'll add it to the Instructable.

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mamachelle (author)canida2010-10-25

Sweet! Thanks so much! :)

mamachelle (author)mamachelle2010-10-21

I just realized I oughta put all these unused hershey kisses to good use... melt em down and drizzle on top. so, Imagine the above with some yucky brown drips lol

YoungPyro19 (author)2010-10-17

That looks like it would be a tasty treat if there wasn't any peanut butter in it.
Nice instructable.

canida (author)YoungPyro192010-10-18

The fun part is you can use any candy you like! (I'm a PB fan, though.)
Make some and put up pics!

YoungPyro19 (author)canida2010-10-20

Yeah, that is the fun part =)
I’m just allergic to peanut butter and anyway I can’t stand the taste of peanuts for some reason.
I might make candy bark for Christmas.

AmyLuthien (author)2010-10-18

You could use this as a practical joke too, just lay it out on the floor and yell "I think the dog's been sick!" :D

But seriously, this looks really good! I'm going to have to try it after Halloween with all the leftover candy I end up with! Thanks!

canida (author)AmyLuthien2010-10-18

Choose your colors according to your dog's tastes. ;)

Post pictures when you make it! Leftover or discounted Halloween candy is perfect.

AmyLuthien (author)canida2010-10-18

I don't think I could pay anyone enough money to eat it if I went by my dog's taste (sticks, plastic, old socks, my underwear!) XD I'll get back with a picture in a couple weeks! Thanks again!

lordkonstantin (author)2010-10-17

Made this within a few hours of seeing the instructable... had to! it was so much fun!! I used Hershey's Kisses cookies n' cream instead of the bars because I couldn't find the bars at Wal-Mart.

My boyfriend said he wouldn't eat it if it was coloured. lol

canida (author)lordkonstantin2010-10-18

That looks great! I think you've got plenty of colors from the candy; adding food coloring to the chocolate would be a bit much. ;) How did it taste?

I like the "granola" look you got by mixing it all in! I'm thinking of mixing nerds in for a future batch, then putting the bigger candies on top.

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lordkonstantin (author)canida2010-10-18

It tasted pretty amazing, and I'm definitely doing this again... when I have money to buy more candy - I went all out. lol

I am actually rethinking the nerds - they added this little bit of sour that I didn't like too much mixed in with the sweet, but everyone else loved them, so maybe it was just me.

Next time, I think I'm gonna use Poprocks instead!!

(And thanks for the membership! I didn't even know I was getting it until I read through the instructable again, after I posted the pictures lol)

canida (author)lordkonstantin2010-10-18

Ooh, poprocks - that's a GREAT idea! Awesome.

This is the perfect recipe for the post-Halloween candy discounts. Stock up, and you'll be set for months. ;)

samanella (author)2010-10-17

Looks soo yummy! I'm going to make it asap

canida (author)samanella2010-10-18

Awesome! Be sure to post pictures - I've still got 2 pro memberships to give out.

redcore4 (author)2010-10-17

looks yummy!
we made this entirely by accident one year by leaving our easter eggs in glass dishes on the windowsill... lesson learnt!

canida (author)redcore42010-10-18

Too funny! I like the idea of an Easter version - the other chocolate holiday. ;)

TechNerd1012 (author)2010-10-16

Heres the bark I made just now (the first pic is with flash, the second is without. I couldnt decide which looked better lol)

I just melted some white chocolate chips for the base, and colored it a blue-grey color (which looks awesome in real life, btw). For the candy toppings, I cut up about 7 Hersheys Kisses, and stirred them into the melted white chocolate, somehow thinking that it wouldnt melt the Kisses (but it did). I also stirred in some mini marshmallows. Its topped with some melted butterscotch chips and some mini chocolate chips.

canida (author)TechNerd10122010-10-18

Wow, that looks like nasty vomit - great job! The butterscotch chips on tip really make the color scheme work. ;)

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Jayefuu (author)2010-10-15


Tip: Don't pour it straight onto baking paper, place ninjabread men cutters onto parchment first and use as a mold. I'm sure you can find a set lying around somewhere at HQ ;)

canida (author)Jayefuu2010-10-15

Excellent idea!
We will definitely be making more of this stuff - i'll give the ninja a try soon.

jbrecken (author)2010-10-15

An easy way to break candy bars into pieces is to freeze them and smack them against a hard surface. You don't even need to unwrap them first.

canida (author)jbrecken2010-10-15

Nice tip! I presume this works best with big candy bars? Could be a bit dicey with those minis.

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