Candy corn partners with pretzels and peanuts for a perfect sweet and salty seasonal treat.
I always hear that candy corn is a love it or hate it candy. I’ve never cared for absolutes because I live so much of my life somewhere in the middle. My opinion of this seasonal confection is no different. It’s not a bad sweet treat, but it’s not my favorite.
Adding candy corn to create some bark was just what I needed to take my impression of this traditional candy up a notch. The thing that really makes this Autumn themed bark stand out is the addition of peanuts. I love the salt on pretzels, but the peanuts paired with candy corn make this bark shine. Honestly, it tastes something like a salted nut roll candy bar.
When I decided to try creating this I didn’t have high hopes. Ok, I had hopes, but I also had concerns it was going to be too sweet. The overly sweet flavor of candy corn is my biggest complaint against it, and that’s the same with the almond bark or candy coating used to make most barks. If not done right it’s too sweet.
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Candy Corn Bark
- Combine candy corn, pretzels, and peanuts in a bowl.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt vanilla candy coating according to package directions. When smooth, spread evenly over parchment paper on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the candy corn mix over the melted candy coating. (Optional) Before the bark has solidified, sprinkle chocolate sprinkles over the bark to fill in any gaps between the toppings.
- Combine chocolate chips, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir. Microwave on high an additional 30 seconds on high, and stir again. After this microwave on high at 10 second intervals, stirring between each one, until chocolate chips are melted.
- Chocolate should be thin enough to drizzle now. If it's still too thick, add in additional coconut oil or cacao butter and stir until they are melted and thoroughly mixed in.
- Place chocolate in a cookie icing writer bottle, a piping bag or storage bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle chocolate over the top of the bark. You could also dip a spoon or fork into the chocolate and gently shake it over the bark to get a drizzled effect.
- Allow bark to rest until completely solid. Placing it in the freezer or refrigerator can speed up the process, but it will solidify at room temperature. Once solid, break bark into serving size pieces.