Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking of all the fun and seasonal treats you can whip up for party-goers, trick-or-treaters and friends! If you’re still brainstorming some ideas, take a tip from the Pioneer Woman herself. Ree Drummond has a simply wicked treat that brings all the best of Halloween together in a single treat: Halloween candy bark. Here’s how to whip up this super-easy treat.
Pick Your Base
We all know that melted chocolate is the base of any good bark, but Ree takes it to the next level with a crunchy foundation: graham crackers! Simply ay graham crackers (any flavor you like) down on the tray, then layer with melted chocolate—dark, white or milk.
Next Up, Candy
Around Halloween, grocery store shelves are stuffed to the brim with plenty of seasonal options for you to choose from. Make a few different batches (and get the kids involved), experimenting with different candy color schemes, flavor profiles and more. There’s really no wrong way to do it!
In fact, the best way to make this treat is to see what Halloween treats your kiddos bring home. They might get some fun ideas of what to do with all those fun and funky candies.
Now that you’ve got all your ingredients, it’s time to put it all together. Simply melt your chocolate and pour it onto a large baking pan that you’ve lined with buttered aluminum foil. While the chocolate is still soft, add in all the candy of your choice. Sweet chocolates, salty pretzels, even cookies and nuts, are all welcome on your candy bark—just be sure to crumble them into bite-sized pieces for easy snacking. Then let your bark stand for one hour or pop it into the fridge, break it apart, and enjoy!
Just like that you’ll be enjoying an amazing Halloween snack and living a bit like the Pioneer Woman.
I have a real sweet tooth, so Halloween is my favorite holiday. I came up with these bars for my kids, but I think I like them even more than they do! —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
1 cup plain M&M's
These irresistible bars can sweeten any holiday. —Renee Schwebach, Dumont, Minnesota
I came up with these brownies as a way to use up my son's leftover Halloween candy. You can tint the cream cheese orange for a spooky touch. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grv, Utah
Kids will love these colorful, crunchy bars. They're a fun twist on the traditional marshmallow crispy treats. And because they're so easy, older kids could whip up a batch on their own! —Christie Porter, Shipshewana, Indiana
This creamy, sweet salad with crisp apple crunch is a real people-pleaser. It makes a lot, which is good, because it will go fast! —Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa
This rich, tempting trifle feeds a crowd and features the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Try this dessert for your next party or potluck. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
My boys went through a phase where they loved Butterfingers. We made Butterfinger shakes, muffins, cookies and experimented with different bars; this one was voted the best of the bunch. —Barbara Leighty, Simi Valley, California