5-minute Halloween Candy Bark

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Intro: 5-minute Halloween Candy Bark

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

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

Tools:
Bowl
Microwave
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


- 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

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

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.

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    anny_yu

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    supersoftdrinkanny_yu

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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. :)

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    canidasupersoftdrink

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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. ;)

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    canidaanny_yu

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    anny_yucanida

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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~!

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    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

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    black hole

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    courtzandme

    7 years ago on Introduction



    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!

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    canidacourtzandme

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    jasmaria

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    canidajasmaria

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    mamachelle

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    canidamamachelle

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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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    mamachellemamachelle

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    YoungPyro19

    7 years ago on Introduction

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