Hallowe’en Ghost Bark

It is October and that means two things: its time for Thanksgiving and its Hallowe’en!!!!!

I am an osteoarchaeologist by day, which means I specialise in the excavation and examination of archaeological human remains, so hallowe’en is one of the favourite holidays in our house!

We have already started decorating our house and Max!

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As a result of this fun holiday, I have decided to challenge myself this month to do as many hallowe’en (and a few thanksgiving/fall) bakes as possible!

To make it easier to print out the recipe if you want to when you are making it, I will start including a small box at the end with the ingredients and instructions in easy to print form!

To kick all this festive fun off I am starting with a nice and simple Hallowe’en Ghost Bark. All you have to do is melt chocolate and decorate! I got the recipe idea from a blog, but it was so simple and easy to follow I decided to make it a bit more exciting for myself.

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I did find that the recipe made a rather thick bark (a bit thicker than bark should be). I would recommend making it in a much larger tin or something like a baking tray with a lip, to create a more typical chocolate bark. I will show how to do the baking tray method in a future post.

It is a really easy treat to make, but remember that the various layers need to set in the fridge, so give yourself plenty of time. They can’t sit in there for too long so make the bark over an afternoon and just jump back to it for a few minutes every now and then. Each step takes only about 5 minutes, so it should be less than 20 minutes of work plus time setting in the fridge.

Hallowe’en Ghost Bark

This recipe makes as many pieces as you want and is 80 calories per 10g.

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Ingredients:

  • 700 g (7 bars) dark chocolate
  • 340g (3.4 bars) white chocolate
  • Optional: Orange food colouring
  • Optional: Any cookies/pretzels/extras you want to add to the bark.

 

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking tray measuring about 8″ x 8″ with baking paper. I don’t have a tray this size so I used one that is about 10″ by 6.5″
    • I found the result of a tray this size was very thick bark. I would recommend making this in a baking tray instead.
  2. Melt 400g of dark chocolate in a double boiler over the stove and pour into pan.dsc_9685
  3. Let pan set in fridge until hardened (about 40 minutes).
  4. Melt 200g of white chocolate in a double boiler over the stove.dsc_9692
  5. Remove from heat and add food colouring if you are dying this layer. Be careful as adding too much colour can cause the chocolate to seize and go chalky.
    • Feel free to make this layer any colour you want! You could leave it white and ghostly, or make it green or red or orange or anything!
  6. Pour into pan and let sit in fridge until hardened.
  7. Melt 300g of dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  8. In a separate bowl melt 140g white chocolate on the double boiler.
  9. Pour dark chocolate into pan and let it settle. Keep back one large spoonful in the bowl (keep this warm).
  10. While the dark chocolate is still warm, place blobs of white chocolate around the pan either with a spoon or a piping bag.
  11. Use a toothpick or skewer to pull one part of the white blobs down to create ghostly outlines.
  12. Now use a toothpick to drop little blobs of dark chocolate onto the ghosts to make eyes and mouths.dsc_9709
    • If this is a bit challenging or you are making the recipes with wee ones, you can use chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips instead.
  13. You can add extra chocolate sprinkles for decoration!dsc_9713
  14. Let the final layer set in the fridge until hard.
  15. Remove from pan and break into bark sections.

Enjoy your chocolate!

And for easy printing:

*This is the basic recipe, see above for tips, tricks and photos!

Ingredients:

  • 700 g (7 bars) dark chocolate
  • 340g (3.4 bars) white chocolate
  • Optional: Orange food colouring
  • Optional: Any cookies/pretzels/extras you want to add to the bark.

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking tray measuring about 8″ x 8″ with baking paper. I don’t have a tray this size so I used one that is about 10″ by 6.5″
  2. Melt 400g of dark chocolate in a double boiler over the stove and pour into pan.
  3. Let pan set in fridge until hardened (about 40 minutes).
  4. Melt 200g of white chocolate in a double boiler over the stove.
  5. Remove from heat and add food colouring if you are dying this layer. Be careful as adding too much colour can cause the chocolate to seize and go chalky.
  6. Pour into pan and let sit in fridge until hardened.
  7. Melt 300g of dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  8. In a separate bowl melt 140g white chocolate on the double boiler.
  9. Pour dark chocolate into pan and let it settle. Keep back one large spoonful in the bowl (keep this warm).
  10. While the dark chocolate is still warm, place blobs of white chocolate around the pan either with a spoon or a piping bag.
  11. Use a toothpick or skewer to pull one part of the white blobs down to create ghostly outlines.
  12. Now use a toothpick to drop little blobs of dark chocolate onto the ghosts to make eyes and mouths.
  13. You can add extra chocolate sprinkles for decoration!
  14. Let the final layer set in the fridge until hard.
  15. Remove from pan and break into bark sections

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