Sweet and Salty Bark

Bark is one of those fun treats that's easy to make and impossible to mess up. You can use just about whatever tickles your fancy, and there are oodles of way to make it seasonal or fit a theme. I made this Halloween bark for a fun treat this weekend, but it could be tweaked for any occasion. Use red and green candy at Christmas time, red or pink candy for Valentines Day, pink or blue candy for a baby shower, etc.

Most of the "pretty barks" (like this or this) are made a little differently than the technique below. Generally, bark is made by spreading melted chocolate in a thin layer, then topping as desired. I prefer to coat some ingredients in chocolate as a base because I like the texture it gives, and I find it cuts how over-powering the chocolate can be. And coating some crunchy ingredients in white chocolate makes this recipe a little reminiscent of Clodhoppers...and I love Clodhoppers!

4 C salted pretzels, broken into pieces
9 Golden Oreos (one row), chopped
8 Fudgeeos (one row), chopped
10 oz white chocolate, chopped and melted
1/3 C semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/4 C (+/-) Mini M&M's
2 Tblsp (+/-) Halloween sprinkles

Combine broken pretzels and chopped cookies in a large bowl. Melt white chocolate according to package directions. Once fully melted, stir into pretzel and cookie mixture to coat. Immediately spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and flatten as much as possible. Melt chocolate chips, and drizzle on top. Sprinkle with Mini M&M's and sprinkles. Allow to harden completely before breaking into chunks.

Mmmmm....Sweet sweet cookies, and salty salty pretzels!

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