This is one of the easy homemade candy recipes that you can whip up in an hour or so, depending on how detailed you want to get with your finished product. On the spur of the moment, I did a little experimenting with cookie and biscuit cutters as molds, with mixed results. They were cute, but it was hard to work with the melted chocolate within the cutter shapes.
CAN YOU USE COOKIE CUTTERS AS MOLDS?
I’ll take some time to form a plan of action next year to see if I can obtain better results. Those maple and oak leaves are too darling to give up on!
With some research and planning, I think I can come up with some fabulous ideas for using cookie cutters as candy molds. I’m thinking orange pumpkins with green chocolate veins and a brown stem… Next September? It’s a date!
HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN CANDY BARK
Since I was making homemade fall colors candy bark, I decided to do some especially for Halloween too. Once you take the time required to melt the different colors, you can then get really creative with toppings, swirling, layering, etc.
I rummaged through my baking decorations and found some black sprinkles and picked up some creme pumpkins and miniature candy corn to round out the Halloween themed candy.
GOURMET CANDY BARK FOR FALL
I decided to use a more sophisticated combination for my homemade fall colors candy bark recipe. I adore pistachios, so they are always in the cupboard ready for snacking, baking or to add some crunch to salads and stir fry dishes. Then I rooted through my “yummies” collection and spied the giant bag of crystallized ginger I ordered for some holiday posts. Done and done. That duo would be quite special on top of the swirls of orange, brown and yellow candy.
Here’s a list of some great ideas of what kind of toppings you can combine to make your own easy homemade fall colors candy bark:
- chopped walnuts
- mini chocolate chips
- crushed toffee bits
- roasted sunflower seeds
- chopped macadamia nuts/chocolate covered too
- chocolate covered espresso beans
- chopped dried apricots/peaches
- candied orange or lemon peel
- crushed Oreo cookies
As you can see, there is no limits to what you can do to decorate this easy homemade candy recipe. When you purchase your fall colors of chocolate, you’ll see that chocolate melts come in a rainbow of colors that give you limitless options. Easter? Yellow, pastel blue and pink. Christmas? Red and green. As I said, the options are limitless.
NOT A BIG FAN OF WILTON BRAND MELTS
However, there are differences in chocolate melt brands, and some perform better than others. I’m sorry to say that I am not a huge fan of Wilton’s melts, despite the amazing variety of colors that are available.
I find that their colors other than original brown and white melt into a mixture that is a bit too thin and are just not easy to work with. The pink actually finished with an unattractive “oily” look that I chose not to serve to my guests. (H.H. ate them!)
There are several other brands that are available online (as usual, I found mine on Amazon) that I much prefer. My hands down favorite is the Merckens brand.
No, you won’t find a limitless selection of colors, but the quality of chocolate, melting factor and final set-up of the candies is beyond compare.
HOW DO YOU DO CANDY BARK FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
I’d love to know what kind of melts you like to work with and what brands you prefer. How did your holiday bark turn out?
If you make some for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hannukah, how about posting your pics over at our Facebook Group, The Fab Life? I love to see your creativity shine! How do you do candy bark?
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- 12 ounces of each color candy melts (orange/brown/yellow)
- Toppings of your choice:
- Miniature pumpkins/candy corn
- Candied ginger
- Chopped pistachio nuts
- (sky's the limit here folks!)
- Pour each color of melts into their own small glass bowl.
- Cover each bowl with a sheet of waxed paper or parchment.
- Prepare all your toppings/garnishes and have ready for use. The chocolate sets very quickly, so you'll need to get all your garnishes sprinkled/positioned within 90 seconds of pouring the chocolate.
- Set the microwave at med-high heat for 2 minutes. Use short 30 second bursts, stirring between each heating period.
- Stop heating process when a bit more than half the discs are melted. Take out of microwave and stir until completely melted. (the heat of the chocolate will melt the remainder - mixture should not get too hot)
- Halloween Bark - pour orange chocolate on a rimmed cookie sheet and spread in an irregular shape. Garnish as desired before chocolate sets.
- Fall Colors Bark - spoon large dollops of each color next to each other, alternating between the three colors. Then swirl with a clean knife by pulling the tip through the chocolate colors to form a appealing pattern.
- Garnish the bark as desired.
- After 30 minutes, break bark into irregular pieces and store in a covered cookie tin/plastic storage container between layers of waxed paper or parchment. Keep in a cool location. It can be refrigerated.
- The bark will keep up to 2 weeks in proper storage conditions.