Dessert doesn’t get any easier than Halloween bark. This easy Halloween dessert, is a fun treat that will have every chocolate-loving ghoul and goblin melting in your hands and howling for more.
Get creative with this quick, easy dessert by mixing in your favorite candies. And seriously, no matter your skill level, you can make this for just about any ghoulish gathering. I can’t wait for you to try this recipe and serve it at your Halloween party this fall.
One of the best things about any holiday is exploring new possibilities, and with this recipe I simply can’t help myself. With sweets that are abundant this time of year (as long as I haven’t eaten all the candy by this point, wink wink), I love to try any variation I can think of for this chocolatey treat. I’m sure you will too.
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Spooky season screams to be celebrated with food, friends, and originality, and nothing brings those things together like a fun, themed, easy treat. This bark is sure to do just that.
Have I hyped you up enough about this great recipe yet? I hope so. All this talking about chocolate and parties is giving me a sweet tooth, and now I’m dying to whip up this Halloween candy bark recipe! And I almost forgot to mention the best part: this recipe puts that leftover Halloween candy to good use.
Why you should make this recipe
- Only three ingredients
- Easy to whip together at the last minute
- You can get creative with the design
- With some variations, it can be used for dozens of holiday parties
- Milk chocolate chips - Use whatever brand of chocolate chips you like best but I do prefer Guittard (dairy free works as well!)
- Halloween candies - This time of year, you probably have a bowl of candy sitting right there in your kitchen. Add your favorite Halloween candies, like candy corn or Reese's pieces.
- Halloween sprinkles - Use Halloween themed or colored sprinkles. Get creative! The choice is yours.
How to make Halloween Bark
Pour the chocolate chips into a glass bowl. A glass bowl to melt the chocolate chips in. This will allow the chocolate to melt smoothly and easily.
Microwave the chocolate for two minutes. The chips may not look melted yet, but magic happens when you begin to stir. Keep stirring until the chocolate is smooth and melty.
Spread the chocolate:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the melted chocolate on the prepared baking sheet with an offset spatula to make sure you get all the chocolate.Doesn’t have to be smooth, it’s called “bark” after all, but try to create an even layer across the pan so it cools a little better.
Next, chop or break your favorite candies onto smaller pieces, like Snickers bars, chocolate bars. Then trickle those candies and sprinkles evenly over the melty chocolate.
Freeze and serve:
Pop that pan of goodness into the freezer for 20 minutes. This is the most difficult part: waiting. This might be the easiest treat but waiting is hard.
Once that 20 minutes is up, break apart into whatever size you desire. Then serve them on your favorite Halloween plate.
Tips for success
Use a medium microwave-safe bowl
Don’t have a glass bowl? No problem. Just use one that microwave safe to melt the chocolate.
Keep it cool
This fun dessert won’t melt too easily at room temperature. But if you’re serving this treat in a warm place, keep it cool before you serve. This will help prevent the chocolate from melting too quickly.
Double boiler method
You can also melt your chocolate on the stove using a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. Just put the chocolate chips in the glass bowl, place the bowl on top of the pot of boiling water, and stir with a silicone spatula till the chocolate melts.
Line that baking sheet
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This will make the chocolate come off super easy. May all the chocolate recipes we’ve used on a cold metal pan rest in peace.
There are countless variations on this Halloween treat. Try one now and save another for next time!
- Mummify - Use little candy eyeballs in place of sprinkles, and add ribbons of melted white chocolate over the top of the milk chocolate. Your bark will look like little mummy faces with eyes and wrappings.
- Add flavors - A dash of peppermint extract in this recipe is delicious, and gives it a little extra kick of freshness. Add the flavoring to the chocolate once it’s melted and stir it in before you spread it on the parchment paper.
- Sweet and salty - I love using gluten free pretzels, potato chips, or salted nuts in this recipe instead of candies to make it a sweet and salty treat. Crush the pretzels or chip, and chop the nuts or add them whole. Either way is awesome.
- Fruity - Dried cranberries are always a good idea, especially when they’re soaked in cherry juice. Sometimes I like to add whole, white chocolate chips alongside the cranberries, because who says all the chocolate has to be melted?
- S'mores - Try adding graham crackers and mini marshmallows to give this festive treat a comforting spin.
- Different colors - Separate white chocolate into different bowls and add food coloring to the melted chips. Then tangle the colors together however you want!
Storage and Freezing
Storing - You can store this bark in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to one week.
Freezing - You can freeze in an airtight container for up to six months. Pull it out of the freezer a few minutes before serving to bring it to room temperature.
Can I make this gluten free?
Absolutely! There are dozens of gluten free chocolates out there, and many candies and sprinkles as well. Just be sure to check the labels to make sure. Sometimes that gluten is sneaky.
Can I make this dairy free?
Yes you can! I do this all the time with dairy free chocolate. If you have trouble finding dairy free Halloween candies, add pretzels or flavor extracts for a different twist.
Can I use white chocolate instead?
Yep! Use whatever chocolate your heart desires. I know many of you out there prefer white chocolate or dark chocolate. Follow the same instructions your favorite white chocolate chips, and enjoy.
Ways to enjoy
You can also pair this bark with Halloween sandwiches. This holiday is always better with more desserts like Halloween worms in dirt or something savory like Halloween meatloaf with ghost mashed potatoes.
- 11.5 ounces milk chocolate chips
- assorted Halloween candies
- Halloween sprinkles
- Microwave the chocolate chips in a glass bowl for 2 minutes then stir to finish melting until nice and smooth
- Spread chocolate out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Sprinkle with assorted Halloween candies and sprinkles
- Freeze for 20 minutes then break and enjoy