This is an extremely easy Gourmet Candy Bark for Fall recipe! Customize it with all your favorite Halloween or Fall candies, sprinkles, nuts and dried fruits for a gourmet Fall treat!
Simple from beginning to end, an easy Autumn candy bark recipe like this can be whipped up in under two hours! Your time investment depends entirely on how detailed you want to get with your finished candy bark.
And in true Lifestyle Diva fashion, I’ve created some adorable Autumn Gift Hang Tags for you! Why not package up your incredible creations to give as gifts this season?
I’ll tell you how to get your own set of Autumn Gift Hang Tags a little later in this post. Just download the PDF, and you’re in business!
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 keep the melted chocolate from oozing out from beneath the cookie cutters.
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!
NAN’S TIP: TO COMBINE THE COLORS TOGETHER, DRAG A TOOTHPICK THROUGH THE MOLDED CHOCOLATE, TWISTING AND TURNING TO CREATE SWIRLS. TO ADHERE TOPPINGS TO THE BARK, THEY MUST BE PLACED ON CHOCOLATE AS SOON AS IT’S BEEN POURED.
Yes, this is a fast candy bark recipe, but you need to be prepared first! Make sure you have all your decorations, a rimmed baking sheet, parchment paper, etc. in place before starting to melt the chocolate. Working quickly to place your decorations on “wet” chocolate is paramount to the success of this recipe.
Since I was making a Gourmet Candy Bark for Fall, 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.
I decided to use a more sophisticated combination for the Gourmet Candy Bark for Fall recipe. I adore pistachios. And they’re always in the cupboard ready for snacking, baking or to add crunch to salads and stir fries. Crunch and a bit of green color, Check!
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 more great ideas of toppings you can combine to make your own gourmet candy bark for Fall:
As you can see, there is no limit to what you can do to decorate this easy gourmet 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.
You’ll find the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
I find that Wilton’s colors, other than original brown and white, melt into a mixture that is a bit too thin. It really makes them much harder 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. I usually buy a 5 lb. bag from a candy-making supplier for a song!
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.
I went a little crazy for Valentine’s Day this year! Check out the fabulous layered candies you can make. It’s so much fun working with red and pink colors!
I used some really fun flexible silicone molds to create fun heart shapes in different sizes.
And the decorations… Think silver dragees, cinnamon candies, specialty heart/arrow sprinkles. Aren’t they gorgeous? Almost too pretty to eat!
READ THE VALENTINE’S DAY CANDY POST HERE:
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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I’m sure you’ll want to share your beautiful Gourmet Candy Bark for Fall and Halloween with your friends and family. I know I always make up a batch to give away every Fall!
So, I got busy and created a few adorable Autumn Gift Hang Tags for you to use to gift your Gourmet Candy Bark. They make it easy to package up your gorgeous gourmet candy bark for Fall with real seasonal style!
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Calorie and fat counts will vary according to specific garnishes used and portion size.