I made this yummy Halloween bark for our daughter's Halloween class party this year and I'm sure that the kiddos will think it's a pretty great treat-what's not to like? Chocolate dressed up with cute little ghosts and pumpkins and some pretty scrumptious witch accessories all packaged up in a charming little bag and tag-it's Spooktacular!
While this bark is not super quick (it takes a bit of time to create all of the little details on the bark, let it set/harden and then package up individually), it is super simple. And you know what, it can be made even quicker and easier by adding less additions to the bark itself. You definitely could just opt to do pumpkins or ghosts, or just witch brooms and hats, or how how about just spooky ghosts and eyes?....Any combination would be equally adorable, have fun with it and come up with what works for you, adding more or less details! I chose to do chocolate pumpkins, ghosts and witch hats (hard to see in the photo), pretzel and chcolate brooms, sea salt and candy eyes. Here is how I went about making the bark.
6-8 +/- cups of semisweet milk chocolate chips (depending on how much bark you want to make-I used around 6 and it made 23 individual packages afterwards)
2-3 +/- cups of white chocolate chips (depending on your designs)
Ziploc bags or piping bags (for piping designs)
Sea salt for sprinkling
Clear treat bags
Ribbon or string for tying
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the semisweet milk chocolate chips in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn. Once completely melted and smooth (it should still have a shiny sheen to it-don't over heat it), quickly pour the chocolate over the sheet pan lined with parchment and smooth and spread with a spatula. Immediately sprinkle the top with a bit of sea salt as well as gather a few pretzels and place them randomly in different directions all over the chocolate (these will be your broom stick handles). Then place the eye candies in random patterns as well.
Next melt the white chocolate chips (only using as much as you need for each different design-you will add food colouring to make the different design colours you need). I used about a 1/4 cup for smaller items like the witch hats and pumpkin stems etc. I used about 1/2-1 cup for the larger items like the pumpkins and ghosts etc. Once the chocolate is melted and easily stirred into a smooth paste (I used the microwave in 20 second intervals), add any food colouring you may need to make your first design element. Add the coloured white chocolate to a Ziploc bag (or piping bag) and snip a tiny tip off at one corner-be sure it keep it small so you can do detailed work. Working quickly pipe your designs on and use a tooth pick immediately after to smooth out/blend together any lines as needed. Keep repeating the melting of chocolate, adding food colouring and piping etc. until all of your desired designs are complete.
As a side note-if you find that your chocolate stiffens upon adding food colouring, you can add a super small amount of milk to loosen it back up by combining it and also re-heating a bit if needed.
Once your chocolate bark is decorated fully, place it in a cool place to harden (I put ours in the fridge for about an hour and then removed it, I then let it sit at room temperature for about another hour before cutting it into pieces for individual packaging). After the chocolate bark is set, you can cut it up or just smash it a bit into large or smaller serving sizes and package. Be sure to store it in a cool location. Happy Halloween!!