Mummy Bark Bars

Last year, I made some Halloween bark bars using butterscotch topped with chocolate and spooky sprinkles, so I decided to do a different version this year with a mummy theme!

Mummy Bark

I love Halloween and its fun to make treats with the children and they love anything that includes those sugar eyeballs you can buy.

These have a base of melted Caramac, which is a bit of a throwback from my childhood. You can get either 30g bars or bags of Caramac buttons, but they both melt really well. Much better than white chocolate actually, which I have had sieze up on me a few times. I mixed in a little pumpkin pie spice which works really well with the caramel flavour.

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I used my silicon bark moulds that I got from amazon, but they are not necessary to make this. You can just pour the melted Caramac onto a lined sheet and then break it into pieces afterwards.

For the topping, white chocolate is drizzled over to make ‘bandages’, but you can also get bright white candy melts for a stronger contrast over the spiced Caramac. I think I prefer the flavour of white chocolate, but my children like both.

This recipe makes enough for 8 bars

Mummy Bark Bars

Ingredients:
450g Caramac, melted. That is 4 multipacks of 4 bars (minus one for old time’s sake)
1tsp pumpkin pie spice, or you can just use cinnamon
250g white chocolate, or white candy melts
Sugar eyeballs

Method:
Break the Caramac into pieces, add the spice and melt in the microwave in short bursts, giving it a good stir every 10 seconds or so. Stop before it’s all melted and keep stirring to let the residual heat melt the rest of the solid pieces.

Pour equal amounts into the moulds (if using) and agitate to level it out.

Leave to set completely before turning out and placing on a wire rack over a tray.

Melt the white chocolate or candy melts in the same way as the Caramac and place in a squeezy bottle or a disposable piping bag with a small hole cut in the end. You could also use a plastic food bag with a small hole cut in the corner.

Squeeze over the white chocolate, moving back and forth to create ‘bandages’ and place a few googly eyes into the molten chocolate.

Leave to set completely.

Easter Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark is always a hit in my house, so I had to do an Easter themed recipe.

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I used my favourite bark silicone moulds to make mine, but it could easily be made in one go and cutting the bark into shards.

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The base is a mixture of two thirds dark chocolate and one third of milk chocolate and then topped with a thin coating of white chocolate.  I always melt chocolate in the microwave nowadays, but some people think the traditional way in a bowl over simmering water is the only way of doing it!  Just take care not to overheat it as it can seize right up – especially the white chocolate.

Easter Bark

Ingredients:
200g good quality dark chocolate
100g good quality milk chocolate
200g good quality white chocolate
Cadbury’s Mini Eggs – broken into halves
Sprinkles – I used FunCakes Spring mix and Ducks

Method:
Break up the dark and milk chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave.

Pour the chocolate into the moulds, dividing it equally.  Agitate the moulds to make sure the chocolate is nice and level and gets into all the corners.  This also helps eliminate air bubbles.

Leave to set, before melting the white chocolate.  Leave to cool a little before pouring over the dark and milk chocolate layer.

Divide the white chocolate between the moulds, covering the bottom layer.  Agitate the moulds again to level out the top layer.

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While the white chocolate is still molten, stud with the mini eggs and scatter over the sprinkles.  I prefer to break up the mini eggs as they can be a choking hazard and my little girl is only two.

These are a perfect Easter chocolate treat.

Peppermint Bark Bars

After the Halloween butterscotch bark bars here, I just had to use my bark moulds again! This is a pretty simple recipe, but still really good and perfect for a festive treat.

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I’ve used crushed up peppermint candy canes for my bars, but peppermint boiled sweets would be just as good. I also picked up some little candy cane sprinkles (I love using themed sprinkles!) and have used a few of them here.

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The bars are fairly substantial, so you could break them into two, or if not using moulds at all, the slab can be broken into shards.

Just one thing to note, you have to be fairly quick after adding the peppermint extract as the melted chocolate can seize.  Don’t be tempted to try and melt the chocolate and the peppermint extract together – no good will come of this!

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This recipe makes 6 large bars

Ingredients:

200g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
400g white chocolate
1 ½tsp peppermint extract – I used Nielsen-massey Pure Peppermint Extract
Crushed candy canes, sprinkles or crushed peppermint sweets to decorate

Method:
Melt half of the white chocolate in the microwave. You can do this in a bowl over simmering water, but I have much more success melting in the microwave. I have had many a recipe ruined by chocolate that has seized up over simmering water – especially white chocolate.

Just stop heating the chocolate when there are still lumps and the residual heat will melt the remainder. Leave to cool a little before pouring into the moulds.

When you are ready to pour, stir ½tsp of peppermint extract and stir well to incorporate.

Divide the white chocolate equally and cover the base of each mould with a thin layer. Leave to cool, it will firm up quite quickly and you need it almost set before adding the milk and dark chocolate layer.

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Melt the dark and the milk chocolate together in the microwave in the same way as the white chocolate and leave to cool a little. The layers will not be defined if the chocolate is too warm and melts the base layer. As before, just before you are ready to pour, stir in ½tsp of the peppermint extract.

Divide the dark and milk chocolate combination between the moulds and leave to cool down.

When the middle layer is firm, but not hard, melt the remainder of the white chocolate, stirring in the final ½tsp of peppermint just before pouring.

When the bars all have their coating of white chocolate, sprinkle over the crushed candy canes and any other sprinkles you are using. Gently push them in to make sure they all stick into the chocolate.

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Leave to cool completely before turning out.

This can also be done in a square dish lined with oiled cling film or foil and broken into shards.

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These would make great homemade gifts or part of a homemade Christmas hamper. Just chop into bite sized shards and pop into a cellophane bag, tied with Christmas ribbon.