When I was a kid, trick-or-treating was what you lived for all year long. My sister, brother, and I scanned our neighborhood in search of the best houses with the best treats. We knew which houses to skip - the penny and the pencil pushers. After years of pencils and perhaps $1.00 worth of pennies, we went straight to the houses with candy. While I always wanted to collect more Reese's peanut butter cups than anything else, I made an exception for one house on the street that gave out bags of potato chips. Maybe it was just something different or the contrast of all the sweet with the salty potato chip, but the bag of chips was my prized Halloween treat.
Nowadays, I don't go trick-or-treating. As much as I would love to throw on a costume and go door-to-door, I'm trying a "for the kids" mentality these days. That doesn't mean I don't go buy a variety pack of my favorite treats and gorge myself on Halloween night (or all month long). This year, I did grab my own, personal stash of candy. But then I started thinking about how long it would take me to eat all of this candy and the thought of pairing Halloween candy with Christmas cookies just did not sound like a good idea.
What to do with all of that Halloween candy? If you're like me, you can never have too much chocolate. Thanks to this recipe from Bon Appetit magazine, I was inspired to make Halloween candy bark and eat all of my candy at once.
It's a pretty simple idea. Not so different from something you might eat during the Holidays, just without the peppermint. Simply melt dark chocolate and pour over foil on a flat surface, like a baking pan, and then sprinkle in your favorite candy. This particular bark included Reese's peanut butter cups, heath bar, butterfingers, M&M's, and honey-roasted peanuts. A little drizzle of melted white chocolate gave it a finished and "gourmet" look.
Maybe gorging on Halloween candy after trick-or-treating is your thing, but if a day-after-stomach-ache is not, turn it all into bark. It's better by the bite. Happy Halloween!