Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BAKING: Boo Bark

Everything seems to be closing in at warp speed.

My busiest time of the year, just seems to be getting a little busier.
Sorry, for my recent absence.... but, we had some family health issues that were at the priority of our days.... and nights. And even though I LOVE to paint and create, my family comes first. I'm sure y'all can understand. But, praise the Lord..... all is better than what we could have imagined!

So, back to business!

My friend posted a link on her FB page that contained a recipe for Halloween Candy Bark found here at Just a Taste. I decided to give it a shot for some of our lovely neighbors.  I altered a few things from the original recipe. I mixed bittersweet chocolate chips with milk chocolate chips. Plus, I added toasted pumpkin seeds. But, the great thing is.... you can add any candy... and ingredients. Have fun!

This was my take. I call them Boo Bark!

3 cups of bittersweet and milk chocolate chips
Kit Kat Bars
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Quartered
M&M's minus the blue ones
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds 
Candied Boo Eyes

1. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet over a medium flame until they begin to brown and start to pop. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. Line baking sheets with wax or parchment paper.

3. Melt the chocolate chips in either a double boiler or a microwave.
I did mine in the microwave, just don't over cook. It took my chocolate about 1 minute and 35 seconds and then I mixed the chips until they were all melted and the mixture was smooth.

4. Pour melted chocolate on baking sheets.
With a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly about 1/4" thick.

5. Start placing the candy, boo eyes, and pumpkin seeds into the chocolate.
I pressed the items a little into the chocolate.
The chocolate will start to firm up a bit, so this step should be done quickly.

6. Place the baking sheets into the fridge for 30-40 minutes until the chocolate hardens completely.

7. Carefully peel the wax paper away from the chocolate and place on a cutting board.

8. Cut the bark into pieces.

9. Place pieces in an air-tight container until they can be packaged and enjoyed!

This is how I festively packaged them for our neighbors.

I love how you can see the eyes peeking at you from the container.


Do you have plans to make any special treats for friends?
I'd love for you to share with me.

Happy Boo-Day, friends!

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