Sweet and salty Halloween Candy Corn Bark features white chocolate studded with candy corn, pretzels, and peanuts, then drizzled with semisweet chocolate for a fun and tasty treat!
The other day, I asked my Facebook followers if they prefer their Halloween treats to be cute or scary/gory. The consensus was for cute treats, which is totally how I feel about the matter. I mean, who wants to eat a cupcake that looks like a brain when you could enjoy festive, colorful Candy Corn Bark instead?
Personally, I don’t think that Halloween sweets comes much cuter than candy corn. But to be perfectly honest, it’s not my favorite Halloween confection when it comes to flavor. Me and my self-proclaimed sweet tooth actually find it (gasp!) too sweet. Shocking, I know. However, pair that candy corn with something salty and I’m suddenly a fan.
So when I was inspired to make y’all some Candy Corn Bark, I decided to temper the sugar overload with not just one, but two sources of salt! Salty pretzel twists and peanuts balance the sweetness of the white chocolate and candy corn, and they also add a nice crunchy texture as well as visual appeal. WIN!
If you think you’ve seen pretzel-based bark around here before, you may have caught my Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark back at the beginning of the year. I loved the way the pretzels contrasted with the sweet chocolate and the slightly tart freeze-dried strawberries in that recipe, so I thought the same premise would transfer nicely to this candy corn variation. And sure enough, the pretzels were just the ingredient to balance everything out!
But then I decided to sprinkle on some peanuts as well — because, why not? And finally, to jazz it all up a bit more and give the bark a black-ish and white Halloween-ish feel, I drizzled the whole shebang with melted semi-sweet chocolate. Not only does it look snazzy, but it adds another layer of complementary flavor.
To be honest, I had intended to shower this bark with Halloween sprinkles as well. I have a little tub of orange, yellow, and white nonpareils in my baking cabinet that would have been perfect. But alas, back when I made this recipe for the blog, we were still between houses and staying at my mom’s. All of my sprinkles were packed away in storage, and the grocery stores didn’t yet have out their Halloween baking displays. So I apologize…use your imagination and feel free to get creative with sprinkles if you want to add even more color to this confection!
Candy Corn Bark would be a festive sweet snack for any Halloween bash. It would be a cute treat for gifting to neighbors (you’ve been BOOed!) or teachers. And it would be really fun to whip up a batch with your favorite little goblins. So make it, share it, and watch it disappear…way faster than any cookie resembling a dismembered finger ever would. 😉
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