Salted Caramel Mocha Bark

Yes, I said Salted Caramel Mocha Bark … it’s candy … not something that you can drink at your local coffee place!  However, it is inspired by one of those fancy coffees!  I made a new flavor of candy because I enjoy that flavor of latte so much …

Salted caramel mocha bark

I enjoy making gifts … sometimes a little gift of homemade candy is the perfect thing for co-workers, neighbors, friends, etc.  Bark is so easy and fast to make … it has saved me, especially when I feel pressed for time.  Today, I feel pressed … I’m making 30 pounds of candy for the hubby to take to work tomorrow … it’ll get done because it will be 30 pounds of bark!

I’ll make this short and sweet!  This is what you will need …

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  • 1 pound white CandiQuik (candy coating/candy melts)
  • 1 package Ovation Caramel Sticks/Milk Chocolate (SweetWorks)
  • 1 package Ovation Coffee Sticks/Dark Chocolate (SweetWorks
  • 1 cup pretzel pieces
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.  Hint – make sure that the baking sheet is not cold … the candy will harden too quickly.
  2. Break up the Ovation candy sticks and mix up flavors.caramel coffee bark
  3. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions and stir in pretzel pieces.white chocolate pretzel bark
  4. Spread candy/pretzel mixture as thin as possible on prepared baking sheet.  I tilt it,pound it on the counter … whatever works!  Candiquik bark
  5. Sprinkle caramel/coffee bits over candy mixture and gently press into pretzel mixture and chill for a few minutes (about 10 minutes in the freezer)     caramel coffee chocolate bark
  6. Cut or break into chunks … easy peasy!                                         white chocolate caramel coffee bark

salted caramel mocha chocolate

I tried to make it pretty short and very sweet!  Gotta go now … 30 pounds of candy are calling my name ;)

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik and SweetWorks for their generous gifts!

Are you making candy?  I love your comments :)

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Holiday Review

How about a little eye candy today?  In this case, it’s candy for you to look at ;)

I will be posting new Christmas treat ideas as quick and often as I can … beginning tomorrow!  In the meantime, these may be oldies but goodies …

Chocolate, Caramel and Salty Peanut Bark

Smoothies

Peppermint wreaths

Peppermint Wreaths

Super Simple Edible Snow Globes

Snowman Hat Pops

Please stop by tomorrow for some new stuff ;)

Peppermint Wreaths

Do you own a donut pan?

I have had a debate going on with myself for at least five years now … I want a donut pan, I don’t need a donut pan … where will I put it, I don’t have room for one more pan … but I could “bake” donuts, I don’t need to eat donuts … I have seen so many delicious recipes, I don’t need to eat donuts … I’m sure I need this pan … last week, I finally bought a donut pan!

I didn’t bake donuts, but I used the pan!  Look what I made …

Peppermint wreaths

Peppermint Candy Wreaths !

Peppermint bark wreath

Can you see the layer of dark chocolate, white chocolate mixed with peppermint marshmallows and topped off with crushed candy canes!  Who wouldn’t love to eat one of these?

As usual … this is a quick and easy creation.  You will need … a donut pan, white chocolate (or candy melts), dark chocolate (or candy melts), mini peppermint marshmallows, candy canes and candy for bows … I recommend red licorice laces (not the candy in the photo, it didn’t work for me) …

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Now for the easy peasy directions …

  • Make licorice bows and set aside
  • Crush candy canes

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  • Put a layer of melted dark chocolate in each donut cavity
  • Mix melted white chocolate with marshmallows and spoon on top of dark chocolate layer
  • Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and chill a few minutes

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  • Remove wreaths from pan … if they don’t come out easily, they probably need a little more chill time
  • Attach a candy bow with a dot of melted white chocolate

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Supplies needed to make 6 wreaths …

  • 4 ounces (weight) dark chocolate
  • 4 ounces (weight) white chocolate
  • 1 cup peppermint mini marshmallows
  • 3 candy canes
  • 9 feet red (licorice type) lace candy

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HAPPY CANDY MAKING !

P. S.  I found the mini peppermint marshmallows at Target … I love that store!
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Quick to Make Gift Ideas

Here is little “roundup” of quick and easy gifts to make … or use for a dessert table!

Clear bags and pretty ribbons make wrapping a cinch :)

Spiced pecans

Candy coated popcorn

(just substitute holiday M&M’s or similar candy for the candy corn)

Brownie Oreo Cupcakes 

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Bark   

Smoothies 

All of these ideas are quick and easy.  I just made 30 bags of Chocolate, Caramel and Salty Peanut Bark in a few hours.

What last minute goodies are you making?  Comments … anyone?

 

Chocolate, Caramel and Salty Peanut Bark

This bark is so easy peasy!  I make it every year due to popular demand.  Milk chocolate, chewy caramel, salted peanuts … what’s not to love?

Let’s get started.  This is what you will need …

  • 1 pound milk chocolate
  • 3/4 cup caramel bits (Target, Vons/Safeway, Wal-Mart)
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts
  • white chocolate (for decoration)

Line a cookie sheet or tray (12″ x 18″) with wax paper or parchment. If you need directions to melt chocolate, click here.  Melt the white chocolate and pour it in a squeeze bottle (if you want).  Melt the milk chocolate and stir in nuts and caramel bits …

Spread it on prepared cookie sheet …

Drizzle white chocolate on top.  If you don’t have a squeeze bottle, you could use a zip top bag (cut off a tiny corner) or just use a spoon or fork … no artist skills required … then pop the tray in the freezer or fridge for a few minutes, until hardened …

Break it into pieces …

I told you … it’s easy peasy!

I usually get two bags (12 ounces each) per batch.

Please excuse me … I need to get back to the kitchen.  I have to make 15 – 20 more batches … I am not kidding … my hubby, a.k.a. The Peanut Butter Man … takes these to work every year.

Please feel free to leave a comment!

Textured Halloween Bark

I love it when I can use a product for more than one project … guess what I used to get the impressions in this candy.

If you guessed texture tiles that were designed for fondant or icing … you were right!  I found these at Michael’s and are from Duff … of course!  The two tiles (5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ each) come in one package and are pretty cheap inexpensive.  This is what they look like …

This is what you will need …

  • Candy melts (I used white, dark chocolate and orange)
  • Texture tiles
  • M&M’s
  • Rice Krispies cereal (optional)
  • Skull candies (Wilton)
  • Rubber or silicone spatula

Decide which side of the tiles you will use … I almost used the wrong side of the “words” tile … the words would have been backwards!  Scoop some melted dark chocolate on the spider webs … and spread it around …

Using a spatula, scrape off excess chocolate (it can be reused).  Let the chocolate firm up …

As you can see … it is not scraped perfectly clean …

Now repeat using orange melted candy on the words tile.  Then mix some Rice Krispies into the melted white chocolate … you could leave it plain, add nuts or whatever you like.  Pour the white chocolate on top of the spider webs and gently spread around …

Pour dark chocolate on the words tile and spread it around … then put the tiles in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm up …

The candy will remove from the tiles very easily.  The edges are not smooth … but I think that’s OK … it adds character …

To decorate … I used melted orange chocolate and M&M’s to create spiders …

I used more melted chocolate to “glue” the skull candies …

This is one of those “flexible” projects … change-up the colors … use different decorations … use the whole tile or just a small part … use your imagination!

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