All Bark, No Bite

I’m a fan of the bark.

Not the dog kind. The almond kind. I make a version at Christmas time with dried cranberries, almonds and orange zest, and I also like the one that utilizes leftover candy canes.

But I’d never seen a Halloween bark until I stumbled across this recipe.

Candy Corn Bark

Into a large microwavable bowl, break up one package white almond bark. Microwave  in short intervals according to package directions, stirring frequently, until bark is melted and smooth.

Stir in 16 Halloween-colored chocolate sandwich cookies, broken into pieces; 1 ½ cups broken small pretzels; 1/3 cup raisins; 2 cups candy corn.

Spread mixture evenly over a waxed-paper lined cookie sheet to about ¼-inch thickness. While still warm, sprinkle with orange and brown sprinkles.

Let cool until firm. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

1 Response

  1. We live in Texas now, but when we first moved to Northern California in ’91, when took our daughter trick-or-treating on a swank seertt in Palo Alto. One house not only gave her a full-sized Snickers bar, but the owners insisted that we each take one too. Because free food is the best food (and large quantities of free food is better still), the experience left an impression.We’ve been the full-sized candy bar people for several years, and let me tell you .you get famous fast. Kids gleefully respond to the weighty thud of a big 3 Musketeers or a two-pack of Reese’s PB Cups, and that’s fun. At our previous house in Texas, we’d keep it to 50 pieces, which took care of just about everyone who showed up by about 8:30. Then it was lights out.But a few months ago, we moved to a new town and a neighborhood that reportedly gets swamped with kids. Word is that you go through 300 pieces in the first two hours here. So I trekked to Costco and bought bags of fun-size bars .455 of them all told. I guess our full-size candy bar days are over. Sigh.BTW, it’s usually just the older kids (pre-teens, etc.), who try to come back and get another piece. They’ll swap masks with a friend or something. Didn’t happen often to us, but if you suspect someone is double-dipping, ask them nicely if they’re making a second visit. Some actually admit it, believe it or not. Kind of restores your faith in humanity.Have fun! And Happy Halloween!

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