Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Bark to Welcome You to #Choctoberfest

Welcome to  #Choctoberfest! This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along.

You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.

You are absolutely going to want to enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Look at the great prize packages being awarded by our generous sponsors!
  • $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean's
  • 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen
This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.

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Stay tuned all week to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean's products.

I want to say thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.

Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week.  I am sharing my first recipe with you today and will be linking to all the others who are sharing a recipe today, as well.

The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor's AdventuresBody RebootedCindy's Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin' For TasteJane's Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren's Kitchen StoriesKate's Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour's Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n' CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook's HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah's Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine ♥ A Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good Life

As you can see it is going to be one huge, chocolate filled extravaganza this week so.......


Because you are being inundated with so much information in this post, I decided to keep my recipe very simple.

Simple enough that a toddler could do it.  Well, a toddler could at least help do it.  An older child or adult might need to be in charge of melting the chocolate.

But once the chocolate is melted and spread onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet, a toddler can go to town sprinkling on any candies you happen to like and have on hand.  I melted my chocolate in a makeshift double boiler but if you have older kids helping you can have them do it in the microwave.  I had some candy corn and fall colored M&M's in candy dishes in the house so I grabbed a couple of handfuls of each.  I had the eyes and Halloween sprinkles in my baking cupboard from other projects so I pulled them out.

When the sprinkles are all scattered about, simply place the baking pan in the refrigerator and go about your day. After puzzles, walks, singing, coloring, viewing Frozen (for the 1,123rd time), lunch and a nap, pull out the bark, peel it from the foil and break it into pieces.  Then it is time for the most important toddler task of all...the taste test.

Now is the most important part for the Executive Chef.....convincing the toddler sous chef that if she eats to much of this her belly will be hurting so we should put the rest into a bowl for later.

Make sure you stop by and see what Chocolatey Treats the others are serving up today following this simple and fun recipe.

Halloween Bark

2 c. good quality semi sweet chocolate chips
Assorted Halloween Candies, sprinkles and edible novelties

Place the chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl over simmering water and melt, stirring often, until smooth.  While chocolate is melting, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.  When chocolate is melted and smooth, pour it onto the lined baking pan, and spreading it with a spatula.  While the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle the Halloween additions over the chocolate.  Place the baking pan in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.  Break the bark into pieces and serve.  Print Recipe

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  1. Such a fun, delicious Halloween treat!! Your sous chef is adorable :)

  2. We had the same thought about simplicity! I love the bark and I love your little helper, too! Just darling! P~

    1. Thanks Paula. Yes, way to much info to include anything other than the simplest recipe.

  3. Your little girl is so precious. She looks so happy snacking on this cute halloween bark!

    1. Thanks Ashley, that's my grandbaby. We think she is pretty special.

  4. I love having the kiddos involved in the kitchen! It’s a perfect way to instill a love for cooking & baking. And candy making lol

  5. I love the smear of chocolate on her cute little face! And the eyes make the bark! Great idea.


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