Halloween is all about trick or treating, delicious candy, and binge-watching horror movies, as I am like to do. More specifically, I like to binge-watch horror movies made during the 1930s and 1940s. Old movies are kind of my obsession, and have been since way back when I was 13. Somewhere on or around Halloween, I will definitely be viewing The Old Dark House, from 1932. It’s all about strangers who take refuge in an old mansion during a storm, then, you know, wish they had just kept driving. It stars Boris Karloff and Gloria Stuart, aka the old lady from Titanic. Yes, she was in movies when she was young. And if you’re wondering, no, she doesn’t look anything like Kate Winslet. She looked more like Gwen Stefani. There’s an image you can have in your head for the day.
While I watch The Old Dark House and weird horror movies from Japan where pianos eat people, I will be eating good ‘ol candy bark. But not just any candy bark. Crystallized ginger candy bark. I make it every year. At first it didn’t have crystallized ginger, but last year I decided to walk on the wild side and toss some in. How do you feel about ginger and chocolate together? To me, it’s just like cookies and milk. I really can’t get enough of it. Hopefully you’ll become as addicted as me.
This candy bark couldn’t be easier to put together. You just melt the chocolate chips, spread it on your foil-lined baking sheet, then toss on your candy bar bits and crystallized ginger. This is, of course, a great way to use up all of that extra candy. If you have any, that is. So of course you can customize this candy bark based on what you have. But I implore that you add the ginger. It’ll put a little zing in your step.
I used Three Musketeers because that’s how I roll. I got a huge bag of them that have the nougat dyed red…because Halloween. Are you scared yet? I’m a little scared. At first I thought it looked fun, but after I took the pictures I think it looks reminiscent of Pepto Bismol. It’s not Pepto Bismol candy bark, I swear! Haha. Although, that would be getting two birds with one stone. Lots of people need a little of that after too much candy. But um…I don’t know…I don’t think it’ll catch on, do you? Haha.
Happy almost Halloween!
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (you can substitute milk chocolate if that's your thing)
- 1 cup chopped Three Musketeers bars
- ½ cup chopped Heath bars
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup-1/2 cup diced crystallized ginger, depending on taste
- Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.
- Place chocolate chips in a medium heatproof bowl. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds, then remove and stir. Continue melting chocolate at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is completely melted.
- Pour melted chocolate on the foil-lined pan, and spread it out into an even rectangle, trying to get the same thickness all the way around.
- Sprinkle on the candy bars, chocolate chips, and diced ginger.
- Place the bark in the fridge for at least an hour to set up, then break up into wedges and store in an airtight container in the fridge.