I’m glad I shared some of this Halloween bark with my students today because it is addictive! It was very easy to make too and packages up oh so nice. I have been wanting to make a variation of this ever since I saw it on The Recipe Girl‘s website and then again on My Baking Addiction. I knew I wouldn’t get over it if I didn’t make it this year so everything else on my list got pushed back.
I took it to class like this. Everybody was shy at first. It’s funny, nobody ever wants be the first to dig in. I don’t know if it is because they don’t want to appear greedy or because they are afraid of the ingredients after the bacon brownie incident. . .
But my ingredients were all legit. I even added some fruits since who knows how many fruits and vegetables those poor college kids get around to eating!
So here we have white bark melted over pretzels and topped with chopped dried apricots, chocolate covered raisins and my personal all-time favorite candy- candy corn! I did add some purple sprinkles at the last minute but I should have tried to figure out how to sneak a vegetable in there ha ha.
And Andrew would be disappointed if I didn’t share with you his candy house he begged me all weekend to let him make . . .
That whole thing was a debacle and a half. I made the recipe for royal icing as recommended for the gingerbread house construction but it wasn’t until the end that I realized the icing has raw eggs in it and they recommend you not eat the gingerbread house. Yeah, try telling that to a 3-year-old. So I popped it in the oven and baked it before making plain old powdered sugar and milk frosting and then using that to decorate the house. What to do with the rest of the royal icing???
Well I thought maybe I would bake some sort of candy concoction with the remaining royal icing. I put them in mini cupcake tins and then topped with a piece of candy corn. They puffed up real pretty but they were a major gummy fail. I took them to school anyway and one student described them as “bitter”. They were kind of pretty though.
Oh well. You win some you lose some. While Andrew was munching away on his Necco wafer candy house “shingles” I was trying out one of these organic suckers from Yummy Earth:
I know what you’re thinking, “What’s the point with organic if you are going to just stuff yourself with candy corn anyway?” Valid point, yes but I like to moderate everything. . . I have accepted I am not 100% perfect, okay? Anyway, these suckers were amazing! They remind me of the ones we would get as a kid- the blueberry and cream swirl (only they were bigger) but the taste is spot-on. Okay, time to go eat some vegetables!