Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Create Your Own Candy Bark


The other day, the kids and I were having rather 'long' day.  All you mother's know what that's like.
I needed a distraction.  And fast.
Baking cookies takes too long...
Candy doesn't last long enough...

As I was rummaging through my pantry, I found exactly what I needed to make..
Candy Bark.

It's no secret you can make your own and put whatever the heck you want in it, too.
But the kids loved picking out what treats they wanted to put in it.
Their favorites:  Almonds, marshmallows, Smarties and jellybeans.


Here's how to do it.
Get your supplies:  wax paper, baking sheets, chocolate wafers (chocolate chips work too!), a microwaveable dish (I used my glass measuring cup) and any sort of treat you want.
Other ideas:  dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc), crumbled up cookies, nuts (peanuts, pecans, etc), pretzels, or any other candy you want.
You can also use candy melts to make it more colorful like I did.


Cut a piece of wax paper to cover your baking sheet.


Place your chocolate wafers into a microwaveable dish.  Place in your microwave and set on low (if you have a setting) for 1 minute at a time.  


After each minute, give it a good stir to make sure it's all melting thoroughly.


My cup took only 2 minutes to melt throughout (which was about 1 3/4 cup of chocolate).


Pour it onto your wax paper and spread out so it's about 0.5 cm thick.  Use your judgment, it doesn't have to be exact.


Now get the kids to go crazy with their treats.  They can smush them into the chocolate or just plop them in, whatever their hearts desire.


As they were decorating, I prepared the blue candy melts the same way as the chocolate.  Microwaving every minute (if you are using less than a cup, go for 30 seconds at a time) and stirring until smooth.



I then drizzled the candy melts over top.  
I know.  Mine was more like messy plops in a random fashion.  Ah well, the kids liked it.


Place your pan into the fridge and refrigerate for about an hour.


Once cool and hard, break your bark up into pieces however large or whatever size you like.


I also made some for the adults of the house.  
Mmm.  
Dark chocolate, almonds, dried cranberries and blueberries.


Go enjoy your simple, yet delicious candy bark.


The best part was how much of a distraction it was for the kids.  Also entertaining.. and of course, yummy.  


Candy is always a nice distraction.  Not sure if I should be ashamed of that or not.  Nothing a little toothbrushing won't fix, right!?




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26 comments :

MamaClucks said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yummy; can't wait to give it a try!!
Visiting from Tip Me Tuesday.
Hollye

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yummy and fun! Maybe we'll make some with Oreos to celebrate the 100th birthday.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said... Best Blogger Tips

I have way too many of those days! I love candy bark, so easy and so versatile. I'd love for you to join my dessert linky, Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

Tutus & Tea Parties said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmm, I wish I saw this earlier today. Totally making some tomorrow!

I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinteresting-party-week-29.html

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love how colorful this candy bark is!! And it looks yummy too!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Tales of a Trophy Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

yummers!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! I may have to try this for my sons birthday party! Stopping by from transformation thursday.

Miss Kitty said... Best Blogger Tips

How fun is that!!!? So cute too. Thanks for sharing the "how to"s of both types of bark. I saw your post over at "Thrifty Thursday". I love your photography too.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

My kids would love this. They love anything chocolate. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@MamaClucks Have fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Stephanie Fun idea! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Alison @ Oopsey Daisy Thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie How fun!! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Miss Kitty Thanks so much for your kind words!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachel Thanks, Rachel!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said... Best Blogger Tips

Showed this to my daughter, her comment was, "Let's make it now!"

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said... Best Blogger Tips

Showed this to my daughter, her comment was, "Let's make it now!"

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a good idea! Looks delicious!

--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said... Best Blogger Tips

What a simple and delicious dessert! I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/2012/03/mix-it-up-monday_11.html

I hope to see you soon :)

Karyn Tripp said... Best Blogger Tips

so fun! My kids would have a blast with this I would also love to have you link up to a party if you have the chance... What Makes You say Mmmmm?
Thanks & have a great day!
http://cookingwithkaryn.blogspot.com

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lisa @ Flour Me With Love

Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday! I hope you'll stop back soon :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence How cute!! I'm glad your daughter liked it!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie Goldsworthy Thank you, Katie!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lisa @ Flour Me With Love Thank you so much for the invite!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Karyn Tripp Thanks!! And thank you for the invite!