Easy Halloween Candy Bark is a ghoulishly festive treat that you can make with candy melts or almond bark and sprinkles in minutes.
Halloween chocolate bark is fun of course during October but you can swap out the candy melt colors or use bittersweet chocolate or almond bark and Christmas sprinkles or candy instead during December.
Thie recipe for Halloween bark doesn't take very much time.
You can make the bark for Halloween or any day in October when you want a sweet treat.
Prep time will vary a bit whether you melt the candy melts or chocolate in the microwave or you do it on the stove top in a double boiler or a makeshift double boiler.
- Candy melts or almond bark
- Vegetable oil
- Sprinkles or leftover Halloween candy
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Halloween Bark
- Prep your ingredients
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat
- Melt the candy melts or almond bark or chocolate
- Pour onto parchment sheet
- Top with sprinkles or candy
- Break into pieces and package
Hint: don't overcook the chocolate or candy if you're using the microwave. It burns quickly. Heat in ten second increments. Stir thoroughly, being sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl after each heating session.
- Candy Melts – melt chocolate or swap out with almond bark or chocolate chips. A 24-ounce package of almond bark will give you three cups.
- Vegetable oil - Use an equal amount of shortening.
This recipe is the classic method of making bark but you could also pour the candy melts or almond bark over a base layer of graham crackers and then add the candy toppings.
If you're a fan of salty/sweet, add a layer of crackers first, such as saltine crackers or Ritz crackers.
- Sprinkles - substitute leftover Halloween candy
- Candy - candy corn, candy eyeballs, gummy bears, gummy worms
- Nuts - peanuts, pistachios, pretzel sticks
- Cookies - crushed Oreos, chopped peanut butter cookies or circus animal crackers
Use a saucepan and a large, glass bowl to make a double boiler to melt the candy or chocolate using my preferred method, over a stove burner.
Bark made with candy melts will last for a couple of months in a tin or an airtight container at room temperature.
Make sure you don't get any droplets of water into the bowl of chocolate while you're melting it. Water causes chocolate or candy melts to seize up instantly.
If your candy bark mixture seizes, you'll have to toss it and start over.
Along those same lines, make sure the bowl you're using along with the spatula for stirring are scrupulously clean. Even a teensy bit of residue or or crumb can mess with the bark.
No need for tempering chocolate when you're making bark.
Just melt the chocolate slowly and stir occasionally until smooth. Then pour onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet or a Silpat liner. Top with your choice of candies or nuts or cookies or salty snacks.
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- 2 to 3 cups of candy melts or chocolates
- 2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
- 1 tablespoon of Halloween sprinkles or if using leftover candy, a half to a cup of chopped candy or mix ins like nuts or pretzels.
- Melt candy melts or chocolate using either microwave or double boiler method. Instructions for each follow.
Pour melted candy mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Silpat also okay if you don’t have parchment.
Use a quarter sheet pan or a 9x13 cake pan for two to 3 cups of chocolate. .
Work quickly at this point because candy melts set up quickly.
Scatter Halloween sprinkles or your choice of candy over the top of the bark and lightly press down on them with your finger pads.
Let rest at room temperature until the bark sets up or place in the refrigerator for ten minutes to let it set up.
Break into pieces and package.
Melt candy melts or chocolate using microwave:
Working with a cup of chocolate or candy melts at a time, put them in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds.
Remove from microwave and stir.
Repeat this process heating the candy in ten second increments, removing to stir until the candy melts or chocolate have melted into a smooth mixture.
Then proceed with recipe. (step two above)
Make candy bark using double boiler method:
Find a saucepot, probably two quart size or more and a large glass bowl. You want a bowl large enough to rest on top of the pot without falling down into the pot and touching the water.
Put no more than an inch of water in the sauce pot.
Place your bowl on top.
Add the candy melts or chocolate or almond bark to your bowl.
Turn the stove burner to medium until water comes to a low boil.
Reduce the heat to low.
Position bowl onto the saucepan.
After two to three minutes, the melts will begin to soften.
Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil.
Stir occasionally until all of the melts have dissolved and the candy mixture is smooth.
Proceed with recipe. (step two above)
Microwave method: some bakers have great success with this. I do not. My chocolate tends to burn.
If using the double boiler method, you want to keep the bottom and side of the bowl you’re using to melt the candy melts or chocolate from touching the water.
The larger the pan you use, the thinner the bark will be.
Don’t use a larger pan than a 12 x 8 or 9 x 13 or your bark layer will be too thin.
If you don’t have a suitable pan, you could pour the chocolate onto a large piece of wax paper in a 12 x 8 rectangle.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 566Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 87mgCarbohydrates 134gFiber 0gSugar 85gProtein 1g
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