Candy Bark

Candy Bark is a fantastic combination of several kinds of chocolaty candies onto a slab of chocolate. This is a great gift to give to the chocolate lover in your life. It also it a great way of using up candy that you have hanging around after holidays. Since we don’t get trick or treaters I didn’t buy candy before Halloween, instead I bought candy afterwards, when it was like 50% off. This same idea can be put to use after Christmas or Valentines.

The October Issue of Bon Appetit Magazine had a recipe for Halloween Peanut Butter And Toffee Candy Bark.  The recipe called out specific candy bars but I didn’t think that the candy really had to be followed exactly. I used what I had on hand, which were Butterfingers, Kit Kat, Baby Ruth, Whoppers, and Milk Duds.

The recipe is simple and calls for very few ingredients, which is why I think it is best to use a good chocolate base for your bark. Using a double boiler is an easy way of melting the chocolate, however you can also use a microwave. If you use a microwave, keep the heat low and do short intervals so the chocolate does not burn.

Candy Bark

1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
12-15 candy bars/pieces cut into irregular pieces
3 oz of white chocolate, use a high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina)

Line a baking sheet with foil.

Chop all candy pieces into irregular pieces, easiest with a serrated knife

Using a double boiler, stir the chocolate on low heat until it is just melted, not too hot. Pour chocolate onto foil lined pan. Spread chocolate evenly with a 1/4-inch thickness (about 12×10-inch rectangle). Sprinkle with chopped candy.

Melt white chocolate and drizzle over bark creating zig zag lines.

Chill bark until firm, about 30 minutes. Remove foil from pan, peel off foil, and break/cut bark into irregular pieces.

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12.10-12: How Martha Were You?

How Martha Was I This Weekend?

I did 9 loads of laundry this weekend. I think my washer/dryer now need a little R&R.

Friday Night

Holiday Party at Price’s office

Saturday

Christmas shopping in the morning

Cleaned bathroom

Cleaned kitchen, did 2 loads of dishes

Cleaned office and organized scrapbooking materials

Finished scrapbooking a layout

6 loads of laundry completed during the day

Made dinner of angel hair pasta and pan roasted grape/cherry tomatoes, garlic bread

Sunday

Drop Price off at work for 7-11 shift (job #2)

Vacuumed and spoke with my brother

Picked up Price from work, drove him into Boston to get to job #1, picked up my friend Emily to drive her to get model making supplies for her final, dropped her off and then went into work to get files to work on at home

Folded laundry while watching Marie Antoinette

Worked on presentation files

Went to a Champagne and Port tasting at the Urban Grape

3 more loads of laundry completed during the day