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Featured Recipe              Candy Corn Bark

As you can see from the photo essay above it is that time of year. Yes, it is fall. And when fall begins Halloween is not far behind. So today I am shring an easy Halloween candy recipe with you.

I have made bark here at More Thyme before;  for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Bark is a  quick and easy candy to make. And oh so, so, so delicious. And the best part is you can make it with just about anything you want.

Warning!!  Be prepared for sticker shock!!! This year the chocolate costs a great deal more than it did last year.  WAY UP.  Not only is the chocolate more expensive, the package had 3 ounces less than last year!!! So a double whammy!!

Last year the cost was $1.97. Today it was $2.78, a $0.81 cents increase. And for a smaller bag no less.

I may not make bark this Christmas and this coming Valentine’s.

This is what you will need:

1 bag or about 16 ounces white chocolate

1 cup candy corn

NOTE: I only used 11 ounces as that was 1 bag this year.  At that price I was not going to buy another whole bag to get just 5 more ounces. This yielded less candy. 

I could have used the less expensive and artificial chocolate Almond Bark. But I chose not to.

Almond Bark is an artificial chocolate made from vegetable fats and not cocoa butter. Almond Bark often has other flavors in it as well. It is most often used to cover or dip fruit or nuts instead of dipping them in real chocolate.

There is absolutely positively nothing wrong with it. I just wanted you to know the differences so you can make an informed decision before you spend your money.

In fact, if I do make Bark for other holidays I will make it with Almond Bark.

Here is what you do:

Line a 12×9 inch baking sheet with wax paper or foil.

Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave or over a warm (not boiling) pot of water. 

To melt the chocolate in the microwave place the chips in a bowl large enough to hold the chocolate and later on the candy corn.

Put your microwave on 50% power.

 Microwave the chocolate for 40 seconds at a time. Repeat as many times as is necessary to melt the chocolate completely, stirring a couple of times along the way.

Be very careful. You do not want to burn the chocolate and it can burn very easily. And it will burn if you microwave it on full 100% strength. 

Beginning to melt. It has a ways to go yet.

When the chips have all melted stir the chocolate until it is smooth.

Then dump in the candy corn in  and mix well.

Now dump on the waxed paper lined baking sheet and using a spatula spread it out evenly. This year becasue there was less chocolate the candy did not cover as much of the sheet as usual.

Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

When the candy has set turn the bark over and remove the waxed paper……….

……………..and then break the candy into pieces, as big or as small as you want them.

Eat and enjoy.

  

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

White Chocolate        $2.78

Candy Corn               $0.99

Total cost = $3.77

Cost per piece of candy = $0.13  (Based on 30 pieces of candy.)

 NOTE: I spent less out-of-pocket money this year but got 15 less pieces of candy.

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