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How to Make Caramel Apple Oreo Bark

October is here and fall-themed limited edition foods are out in full force.

Pumpkin this. Candy Corn that. Caramel Apple Oreos. Wait, what? Yes, Caramel Apple Oreos are a thing, and they are awesome: half caramel and half green apple creme sandwiched between two golden Oreo cookies. They were just begging to be used in a recipe. So I headed to Target, bought every caramel apple flavored item in sight, and put them all together in this sweet and easy white chocolate bark:

Caramel Apple Oreo Bark

Caramel Apple Oreo Bark

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 12 Caramel Apple Oreos
  • 22 Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis
  • 5 Caramel Apple Twizzlers

Directions

  1. Coarsely chop Oreo cookies.
  2. Coarsely chop Milky Way Minis.
  3. Chop each Twizzler into 12 pieces. (These are apt to stick together so I tried to separate each piece and keep them separate on a cutting board).
  4. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  5. Melt white chocolate chips in medium bowl in microwave.
  6. Pour melted white chocolate on prepped cookie sheet and spread out evenly with spatula.
  7. Evenly sprinkle chopped toppings over melted white chocolate: Oreos, Milky Ways, then Twizzlers. Then give everything a nice smash into the chocolate. (There’s no shame in licking your palms clean).
  8. Place in freezer for 15 minutes or until the middle of the chocolate is completely cool and set. Then break apart and serve.

Be prepared when you take a bite of this sugary sweet treat, for it will be as if a fall festival is happening in every crevice of your mouth. I don’t remember all the elements of the perfect dessert, but I’m pretty sure one of them is caramel apple-flavored foods.

I’d have made another batch already if I hadn’t gone and eaten all the “leftover” Milky Ways. Guess it’s off to Target again… maybe I’ll see you there.

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Here’s How to Make Munchies White Chocolate Bark

Earlier this year, I moved to Boulder, CO from the east coast. I have to say the people here are quite passionate about three main things: the outdoors, organic/free-range food, and well, you know the third. While I’m working on participating in the first, the second two don’t interest me much. Regardless, I aim to please, so I thought I’d throw together a little homage to the passing of Amendment 64. FritoLay is already on point with their awesome (and fittingly named) Munchies snack mix: Doritos, Cheetos, Sun Chips, and pretzels? Yes, please! But I thought I would add some chocolate, subtract the cheese fingers, and multiply your joy with this tasty Munchies Bark.

Munchies Bark

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and spread on wax paper.
  3. Take the Munchies by handfuls, give them a little squeeze to crunch them up a bit, and strew them evenly about the chocolate. (I used maybe 3/4 of the bag, but feel free to use as much or little as you see fit).
  4. Definitely make sure you pick out all the pretzels, break them up a bit, and add them to your bark.
  5. Give everything a little press into the chocolate, stick it in the freezer to set, and then break apart and consume when ready.

In regards to the snack mix itself, I am of the personal opinion that the ratio of pretzel to cheesy items is too low (hence my suggestion to use them ), but my “better” half feels they are completely unnecessary and eats around them. Different strokes for different folks. But this sweet and salty combo is something that we both agree on… and I am pretty confident you will too.

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Chocolate Covered Mellowcreme Pumpkins

Mellowcreme pumpkins get significantly less love than candy corn. People put candy corn in everything: popcorn, Rice Krispies treats, candy bark.  And what do the pumpkins get? Oh, here, let me put you on top of a cupcake for someone to just remove and forget about. That’s rough.

So what’s the deal with this mellowcreme aversion? I’ve heard it’s because the pumpkins are too sugary. Say what? Too sugary? There is no such thing. And people who think otherwise are a bunch of Hallo-weenies. (And the hits keep coming.)

So today, I thought I’d give candy corn a much needed break and put candy pumpkins in the spotlight.

Chocolate-covered Mellowcreme Pumpkins

Ingredients

– baking bark

– 1 regular-sized bag of Mellowcreme Pumpkins

Directions

1. Melt bark.

2. Coat pumpkins.

3. Chill in the freezer to set.

I was able to coat the entire bag of pumpkins with one square of regular chocolate bark and one square of white chocolate bark.  Consider candy corn a ghost of Halloweens past because these chocolate-covered Mellowcreme Pumpkins are scary good.

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Nabisco Cookie Chocolate Bark

As you might have noticed, I have an innate desire to take awesome things and figure out how to make them even more awesome. Do you know what’s awesome (besides me, bacon, and basically everything else that I’ve previously declared as such)? Nabisco. And do you know how many amazing cookies/crackers/etc. this company makes? Three…at least in relation to today’s recipe.

Nabisco Cookie Chocolate Bark

Ingredients

– 12oz milk chocolate chips

– 1 Go paks! Mini Oreo®

– 1 Go paks! Nutter Butter® Bites

– 1 Go paks! Mini Chips Ahoy! ®

Directions

1. Coarsely crumble all three “paks” of cookies. (I tried to get about 4 pieces from each cookie).

2. Sift the cookie crumbles to get rid of the dust and tiny crumbs and combine the left over chunks in a bowl.

3. Prep a baking sheet with wax paper.

4. Melt chocolate chips and spread onto prepared baking sheet.

5. Evenly distribute the cookie mix over the chocolate and press it all down in there so it stays.

6. Chill in freezer until it is set. Then break it up and buy stock in Nabisco.

I chose these three cookies because I thought they would go well together and cohesively work with a milk chocolate base. But there are so many combinations you could try. If I were to do it again, I think I would try Teddy Grahams®, Nilla® Wafers and Barnum’s Animal® Crackers (Best. Animal Crackers. Ever.) on white chocolate.

If you are a chocolate lover, stick with the recipe above. If you are more into vanilla, try the second option. I know I will.

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Spicy Pepita and Tortilla Chip Dark Chocolate Bark

Some days I just feel so spoiled. My cousin, the head honcho over at Ococoa chocolates, recently put together what she called the “Limited-Edition-Elie-Special” chocolate.

Specifically, dark chocolate bark is complete with candied pepitas (pumpkin seeds) that were spiced with several types of chilies and crushed blue corn tortilla chips. Before this particular bark experience, I had never experienced chocolate that both simultaneous incorporated a crunchiness and a level of spiciness in every bite.

While this particular chocolate isn’t available on their website, you might be able to request a special order.