Monster Chocolate Bark – The Perfect Halloween Treat!


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I know from watching my niece and nephew making this, that it is a lot of fun to make and a great (chocolate, candy filled) treat.  All you need is chocolate chips and your favorite candy and chocolate bars.  I have seen numerous recipes online for this lately, but we used the one from Just a Taste.

*You do need to melt some chocolate, so an adult is needed.  Be careful!*

Ingredients

3 Cups Chocolate Chips- Bittersweet, White or Dark

An assortment of whichever Candy and Mini Chocolate Bars you like

(we used mini: Kit-Kats, Aero Bars, Coffee Crisps,  Reese Cups, Smarties, Nerds, Edibles Eyes, which are ridiculously cute, and Sprinkles)

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and, if you’re preparing to make it with young children, place the candies in their own separate bowls so it’s easier for them to reach.  It is also a great way for them to taste the candy.  Everyone’s taste-buds are different, so the candy they choose may be not be the same.prepMelt the chocolate chips by placing them in a glass bowl, over boiling water.  See why an adult is needed?  My niece and nephew are 4 and 2, so while they are very capable at baking and cooking- I would only let them be in charge of this step once they were much older.  Stir well to make sure that it is all evenly melted.

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You can also do it in the microwave- as a kid, I was able to do that much easier.  As long as you wear oven mitts etc to protect your hands, this would make it better for children to handle, but it depends on the age.

While the adult prepares the chocolate, have the kids cut/break their mini chocolate bars.  We used plastic knives, that did work well but obviously, some bars are harder to get through.  The pieces need to be quite small, so if the kids need help, cut the pieces a bit smaller for them. (With their permission, of course!)

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Pour the melted chocolate onto wax paper and spread it so there is a thin-medium thick layer of it.  You can use a spatula, a spoon, whatever you find easiest.  This is fun for the kids to do- just be careful.  When the chocolate is first put on the pan, it is quite hot.  Keep their hands away!  It cools down quite quickly but better safe than sorry!

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Sprinkle all of the candy on top of the chocolate spread and put it in the fridge.  Let it sit until you can see that it has hardened, about 40-60 minutes.  We had gone out for a walk and by the time we got back, it was ready to eat!

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Breaking it seemed to be quite difficult for the kiddos to do.  While we didn’t break the chocolate into a bark the first time, it almost made it even more fun to see them just chomp into the huge candy bar the way it was.

The kiddos really loved it!

 I need to give my Sister, niece and nephew a HUGE thank you for being a part of this.

 It was a ton of fun and a great way to celebrate leading up to Halloween.  There are pictures of them eating it, too.  (Pictures of faces full of chocolate mustaches. I just don’t want to embarrass them once they are older).

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Original Recipe by Kelly Senye

Glow in the Dark Painting and more Halloween Fun is on the way, thanks to my always creative Sister!

-JLA

 

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