This easy dark chocolate halloween candy bark with quinoa is the perfect Halloween treat, either before Halloween or to use up your Halloween candy leftovers.
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Last year, or even longer ago, not sure, I saw this quinoa bark recipe on Teaspoon of Spice blog. I thought about it for days, craved it, and finally made it. It exceeded all my expectations, and was so freaking easy to make. Plus it’s the perfect use of that quinoa that’s literally sat in my cupboard for who knows how long. I decided to play off that original delicious & easy bark recipe and add the goodness of Halloween to it by topping it my favorite Halloween candy.
how this easy dark chocolate halloween candy bark with quinoa fits into my lifestyle
Well, how fun is this dark chocolate halloween bark? I was looking around the web for fun halloween treats. I could make pumpkin donuts, which I’ve done (miserably messed up and turned into cake, find the recipe here), I could make caramel apples, I could make jello worms (made those, again, they turned out soupy and not wormy), regardless, everything I could think of took hours to prep/bake/let sit, and ain’t nobody got time for that. Because, let me be honest, I’m not much of a planner, so I need recipes that don’t require hours of cooking or chilling time so I can actually eat them before I forget about them, or take them to the Halloween party I promised I’d bring a treat to.
This bark is perfect because it’s easy, it’s got brightly colored candies, crunch, and fruity dark chocolate. Seriously, is there anything better in life?
How it’ll make your life easier
Toast the quinoa, heck toast a lot of quinoa, then you can eat deliciously toasted quinoa all the time. Set aside the quinoa you’ll need for this recipe, and dump the rest into a jar, then use that the next time you cook quinoa.
Quick Notes on This Recipe
- You don’t have to use the candy I did, use your favorites, or whatever is leftover after Halloween
- This is a great way to use up leftover Halloween candy, yay for any recipe that helps you reduce food waste!
- Make sure the chocolate bark is at least a couple centimeters thick so it holds the candy without breaking. It doesn’t need to be very thick!
Easy Halloween Bark with Quinoa
- small skillet
- rubber spatula
- Cookie sheet
- cutting board
- Microwave safe bowl
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup quinoa
- 1 cup assorted Halloween candy
- Add quinoa to a small saucepan, cook over medium heat, stir consistently for about 5-7 minutes or until quinoa begins to get toasted. Remove immediately if it starts to burn.
- While quinoa is toasting, cut up candy bars into bitesized chunks, prepare candies to place on chocolate.
- Near end of toasting quinoa, add chocolate chips to microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave for about 1-1.5 minutes, in 30 second intervals. Stir with spatula every 30 seconds. Remove from microwave when chocolate is almost all melted and shiny. Stir and set aside.
- Remove quinoa from saucepan. Pour into chocolate, and stir together. Get a 1/2 size baking sheet out, line it with a baking liner or parchment paper. Pour chocolate and quinoa mixture over baking sheet, spread thin with a spatula. Spread to about 2 cm thick or so.
- Sprinkle candies over chocolate, place in refrigerator for about an hour, or freezer for about 15 minutes to quickly harden bark. Break up with hands, and serve immediately, or place in sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
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Let’s get chatty:
- What are your favorite Halloween treats?
- What candies would you top this easy dark chocolate halloween candy bark with quinoa with?