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Easy Salty and Sweet Christmas Bark

I used to go with my mom to a small chocolate store half an hour from where we lived in Illinois every December. We would pick up bags of red, green, brown and white melting chocolate which we would bring home, melt and pour into different Christmas molds like wreaths, bells and snowmen. I really miss that. I hadn’t played with melting chocolate since then which was way too long ago. I found melting chocolate at Target and next thing I know, I’m throwing pretzels, chocolate cookies and peanut M&Ms into my cart. I ended up making this Easy Salty and Sweet Christmas Bark.

Why haven’t I been doing this before? Making bark is SO easy! And now that I know that, I’ve been looking up different kinds of bark on Pinterest and my mind is reeling. I want to make more! Now that I know where to find melting chocolate, how easy it is to work with and how stinking good it is, I’ll start making bark all year, not just during the holidays!

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Easy Salty and Sweet Chocolate Bark

  • 1 pound white melting chocolate (I used CandiQuik vanilla candy coating)
  • 1 cup pretzels (preferably holiday shapes – trees, bells & stars)
  • 6-8 chocolate sandwich cookies with red or green filling (like Oreo)
  • red and green m&ms (regular or peanut)
  • red and green sprinkles

Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or wax paper; set aside. Chop cookies into 1/4th; set aside. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Pour half the melted chocolate onto the baking sheet; spread to approximately 1/4 inch thick.

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Working quickly, add the pretzels, cookies pieces, m&m’s, and sprinkles over the chocolate in a sporadic pattern.

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Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate on top of the pretzels and cookies. Garnish with additional sprinkles; if desired.

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Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set. Once set, break the bark into pieces.

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Scarecrow Crunch

Need a little snack to get you through the marathon of scary movies on TV tonight?  Or maybe just something to snack on in between rings of the doorbell as you hand out candy to the ghosts and goblins at your door?  Check out this Scarecrow Crunch.

Oatmeal squares cereal, pretzels, candy corn mix, Reese’s pieces, chocolate grahams, and caramel corn are mixed together to make for a sweet and salty snack perfect for autumn.  Put some of this into baggies for your kids or just take it to work for people who need an afternoon pick me up.  This made a big batch so you’ll have plenty to share.  My friends and I noshed on handfuls of this while we were hunkered down during the hurricane.  And leftovers should last for a while if you keep them in an airtight container.  Turn off the outside light, hunker down in the dark with a blanket, light a candle to cast eerie shadows, and munch on a bowl of this for tonight’s Halloween marathon on AMC.  If you have power, that is.  If you don’t, try not to get freaked out by the fact that you have to spend every second of Halloween in the dark.

The ingredients:

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Just Make Stuff

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