#weliketoeat – Halloween Bark
Not only is it Happy Friday, but Happy Halloween as well!
Halloween always brings about happy memories for me – my mom always made me the most amazing costumes and I loved celebrating & parading around the neighborhood. Candy was always a bonus as well. While my costume for work this year isn’t as incredible as the ones she used to make, I did make it myself and it’s one of a kind. Perhaps I’ll follow up with photos next week.
For now…it’s recipe time! Today’s recipe isn’t super complicated, but it is a classic. While standard fun-size candy bars are ever popular at this particular time of year, one of my favorite sweet treats is Halloween [or insert seasonally appropriate holiday here] Bark. So. Easy.
1 large bag white chocolate chips
1 package seasonal Oreos [ours had orange filling]
1 small bag [you won’t use them all – unless you want to!] pretzel twists
1 small bag [individual size is fine] Reese’s Pieces
Assorted holiday appropriate sprinkles
Break Oreos into pieces. [I usually break them in half and then half again so you end up with four triangular pieces. They don’t need to be perfect. Seriously.]
Spread the broken Oreos and pretzels out on waxed paper or parchment paper. Sprinkle Reese’s Pieces around and inbetween the cookies and pretzels.
Microwave the white chocolate chips until melted, then pour over the cookie mixture. While still soft, sprinkle assorted sprinkles.
Allow the mix to cool and then break into bite sized chunks and enjoy! Perfect for munching on and so delicious. And easy! Store in an airtight container.
I put the chocolate chips into a glass pyrex measuring cup to melt. I usually do increments of 17 seconds and stir slightly inbetween each one. You don’t want to burn the chocolate and make sure no liquid is added to the mix. In my standard microwave, 5 sessions of 17 seconds usually does the trick. Then the chocolate is melty enough to pour over the cookie mixture, but isn’t overly runny.
You can use anything you like in this mix – m&m’s and nuts would work well too. If you wanted to use regular chocolate chips, that would work as well. I just used the white chocolate chips because 1.-I like them better and 2.-the color blended better with the orange and black in the Oreos. It’s gotta look pretty to me!
While you could put everything in the fridge to help speed up the hardening process of the melted chocolate, I find that it softens the Oreos and I’m not a huge fan of mushy cookies. It only takes about 10 minutes to harden.
There’s no right or wrong way to mix this up. I tend to go overboard with sprinkles because they are fun and seriously how can you go wrong with too much chocolate? You can’t. I’m already thinking how great of a gift this would be in an adorably decorated mason jar with holiday m&m’s and the traditional red & black Oreos…hello neighbor gift! And seriously the photos don’t do it justice. There’s a lot going on, but it’s so, so delicious.
If you try it out, let me know what you think! What would you add to the mix?
Hopefully you enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween, as well as an awesome weekend! I’ll be back on Monday with some fall inspiration! I’m already excited and can’t wait to share with you!