Thursday, 11 October 2012

Halloween Bark




A few months back I made Great British Bark and extolled the virtues of the great treat that Bark is. I also said that over time I would be making more to share with you. And here, I keep my promise. Halloween Bark is fun to make, and great to hand out to those little terrors, erm…Trick or Treaters.

Like my GB Bark, it all starts with melted white chocolate and rice krispies. A lot of Bark recipes don’t have krispies, but I like to add them as it bulks it out and makes it good and crunchy. I then add chopped up Oreo cookies, broken up salted pretzels ( I love the whole sweet and salty thing) and candy corn.



Candy Corn is not common here in the UK, but I can sniff American ingredients from a fair distance and got these on one of my trips (London probably, but can’t remember, had it a while!). The pack says it’s made with honey, but tastes sort of like vanilla jellybeans to me. They are iconic and always associated with Halloween and the ‘Fall’ in the US.



All my measurements are pretty rough but I use 450 grams of melted white chocolate, 500ml of rice krispie (pour into a measuring jug until they reach that level) and I just eyeball the rest of the add-ins.



I stir the krispies into the melted white choc ( I use the good old bain marie method to melt) and spread this concoction onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. I spread it out until it’s fairly thin but not so much that it breaks up. Then I randomly sprinkle on the toppings making sure the slab has a good even coat. Lastly I take another sheet of greaseproof paper, place this on top of the bark and gently press all over, sort of smoothing it, to embed the toppings into the chocolate. Remove the gp paper and pop into the fridge for a good couple of hours, to let the bark set. When ready, break the bark into shards and it is ready to eat (it is very very moreish) or pack into gift bags for the little urchins. I had some clear bags, popped the bark into them and then printed some bands to go around the baggies, securing it with stickers I also printed off.



I hope this has inspired you…so go create!

I am submitting this recipe for the 'United Bakes of America' challenge over at Cupcake Crazy Gem. What with the candy corn and Oreos, I hope Gem likes them!


13 comments:

  1. How festive! I might make some for the holidays. =)

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    1. It is fun to make! and great for handing out (or eat yourself ;)

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  2. Aaaaaa!!!! Candy corn! I haven't seen candy corn in YEARS!!! And I LOVE your ghost and pumpkin wrappers. I will be Trick or Treating your house for sure! : )

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  3. I love them Stuart! What a great uba bake and a halloween bake, I love bark! and I love how you've given yours the halloween twist with the candy corn! I've still yet to try it - did you know they've brought out candy corn oreos in America especially for Halloween? unfortunately they haven't reached Canada otherwise I would have definitely been up for trying them! I can imagine these must have been seriously tasty! thanks for entering this month!

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  4. p.s I'm loving the Halloween blog header!

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  5. I love your bark, so much better in presentation than the bark I made and handed out from a plate. You have upped the stakes (haha)!

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    1. Let's have a Christmas Bark cake off!!

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  6. Oh yes and nice Hallowe'en banner x

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  7. I wonder why bark has passed me by until recently. I'd never heard of it! Love the colours you've incorporated into yours and the way you've presented it looks fun and mega professional! You can trick or treat me any day with that!!!!

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    1. Thanks CC - I really should credit Martha for the presentation idea ;)

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  8. This looks fun and perfect for Halloween! I've never heard of bark until now! :-)

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    1. See, Cakeyboi can be educational too! ;)

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