When my girls and I went to the pumpkin patch, the first thing my little one asked on the way home was when we were going to carve our pumpkins. What she was really asking was when SHE was going to carve a pumpkin. She thinks she can do just about anything but I’m not quite ready for her to be handling sharp knives yet. Plus, mommy never quite mastered the art of carving pumpkins…the few I’ve done look like they really were carved by a three year old! I quickly suggested we have a “Pumpkin Painting Party” instead and both girls jumped at the idea (thank goodness)!
The next day we gathered our painting supplies and got started!
We were focused and working hard, though midway through Keira made me wash all the paint off her pumpkin so that she could start completely over. She had decided that a solid red would be more her style…
It took us a lot longer than planned because we were having so much fun, but finally we finished creating our masterpieces!
We may have been finished painting pumpkins but we definitely weren’t finished having fun! My girls and I always love baking together and we had found some cute Halloween baking décor earlier in the week. This was the perfect time for us to make some yummy Sweet & Salty Halloween Bark!
The most important ingredient in Halloween Bark is definitely the chocolate. Nestle Tollhouse makes so many awesome flavors of morsels but I went straight for my favorite…dark chocolate! It’s perfect for richer, more decadent recipes and I figured that “dark” chocolate goes best with Halloween anyway! One of the things that I love about Nestles dark chocolate morsels is that they’re all natural…when you read the ingredients, they are all things that you’ve heard of and can even pronounce! This always makes me feel a little better when it’s something my girls are eating, especially since little Keira knows NO moderation when it comes to chocolate!
The fun thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever toppings you want. We chose “monster eyes”, candy corn, mini marshmallows and sprinkles. I rolled the marshmallows between my hands to give them a longer, ghost-like shape.
Start by lining a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and cover with a single layer of saltines. I used approximately 1 1/2 packs.
Heat butter and brown sugar to boiling, pour over crackers and spread evenly.
Bake at 400 for 6-7 minutes. Be careful not to over bake because the butter and sugar mixture can easily be scorched.
Immediately sprinkle the Nestle Tollhouse morsels on the crackers, give them a minute or two to melt and spread evenly. Add your choice of toppings.
I also used black icing gel on the marshmallows to make them look like little ghosts. Voila…now your bark is ready to bite! (You can find the recipe card at the bottom of this page)
My little chefs had fun creating their Halloween bark too! They each made their own since they wanted different toppings. Surprisingly enough, Keira even put more of the chocolate on her bark than in her mouth…though the marshmallows kept mysteriously disappearing!
I did learn that you can’t make these without covering the entire cookie sheet. When you put them in the oven, the crackers slide around and the exposed sugar/butter mixture gets a little burnt. They didn’t care though…we just slid the crackers back in place and they finished decorating!
- 15-20 oz. Nestle Tollhouse dark chocolate morsals
- 1 1/2 approx. sleeves of saltines
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- candy corn
- monster eyes
- Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and add a single layer of saltines
- Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and boil for two minutes, stirring frequently
- Pour mixture over crackers and spread evenly
- Bake at 400 for 6-7 minutes, being careful not to overcook
- Sprinkle with chocolate morsels. Once they begin to melt, spread evenly across the crackers.
- Add desired toppings and refrigerate overnight
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263 Saturated Fat: 10g Sodium: 47mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 29g Protein: 2g
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