Halloween Toffee Bark

Toffee, graham crackers, and Halloween sprinkles make this Halloween Toffee Bark the most festive candy ever!

Halloween Graham Cracker Toffee Bark is so fun to make and eat!

There are only a handful of desserts that my husband will consider eating: peanut butter cookies, ice cream, carrot cake, and toffee. In fact, if you read this blog at all, you’ll know he rarely eats anything I make – even those favorites. People say to me all the time “your husband must love everything you bake!” Nope, he rarely ever eats it. And you’ll bet your bottom dollar I’ll tell you if he does.

{Partly because that means you know it’s good. Also? Because I love to tease him that he doesn’t love me enough to eat my desserts. Which I’m teasing about. You know, in case he’s actually reading. That’s another thing I like to tease him about.}

Anyway, a few weekends ago I had my book launch party (photos coming soon!) and one of the recipes I served was Chocolate Chip Cookie Toffee Bark. It’s a recipe from my book and it’s so freaking good. It’s so good that it lasted about 10 minutes at the party.

Here’s where Mel comes in. He doesn’t eat dessert, like, ever. His willpower is incredible. But he had told himself he’d have one piece of toffee at my book party. Just one piece. But by the time he got over there to get his one treat for the month…it was all gone.

*Gasp*

So, the next day I made a new version, just for him. And I turned it into Halloween Toffee Bark because, well. Cute Halloween things are fun. 🙂

Halloween Toffee Bark

Toffee bark is my absolute favorite thing to make at Christmas. Since Halloween is the candy holiday, it makes sense that it needs it’s own version of toffee bark, right?

Right.

What makes this recipe different than actual toffee is the “bark” part. And what makes up the bark? Some sort of cracker base. I’ve made this with matzo crackers. In my book I use Chocolate Chip Cookies. For this bark I used graham crackers.

Those are another thing that Mel loves: graham crackers.

Graham Cracker Toffee Bark dressed up for Halloween!

The bark is super easy to make. You need a rimmed baking sheet (I use my jelly roll pan). You line that sheet with graham crackers.

Then you need to cook up the toffee mixture using brown sugar and butter – lots of both. You cook it almost to the hard ball stage. (Note: please use a candy thermometer for this. Don’t have one? Go get one – they’re not expensive and can save your life when you’re making toffee or doughnuts or a multitude of other things.)

Once you pour the candy mixture over the graham crackers, you bake it. Then you sprinkle it with chocolate and bake it some more. (Note: I tried this with white chocolate chips and it didn’t work. I’m still working on that recipe, so beware switching out the chocolate chips for white!)

That’s when the real fun happens – the decorating! You really can use any kind of decorations you want for this bark. Candy corn, sprinkles, M&Ms, you name it. You’re also not limited to Halloween. Think Christmas, Valentines Day, rainbow sprinkles…the possibilities are endless.

But I can guarantee you one thing: when you make this, it won’t last long.

This Halloween Toffee Bark is made with graham crackers and candy corn!

Just ask Mel. He knows that quite well!

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Halloween Toffee Bark

This Toffee Bark is made with graham crackers and topped with everything Halloween: sprinkles, candy corn, and M&Ms. Make up a bowl to serve at a party!


Ingredients:


  • 12 Graham Crackers (full sheets of 4 crackers each)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 bag chocolate chips (about 11-11.5 ounces), semi-sweet or milk

  • Halloween sprinkles, M&Ms, Candy Corn, etc (about 1 cup total)


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 10x15” pan (jelly roll or cookie sheet with sides) with foil and spray well with cooking spray. Lay the graham crackers in a single layer in the pan, breaking a few to fill in the edges and gaps as much as possible.

  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Turn to medium-low and add brown sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it boils, place the candy thermometer in the pan and do not stir. Let the mixture cook until it reaches 255ºF on a candy thermometer, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Immediately pour over cookies and spread carefully to cover all the crackers. Bake for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Bake an additional 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and, using an offset spatula, carefully spread the chocolate chips evenly over the toffee (they will have melted in the oven but still held their shape). Sprinkle your Halloween sprinkles and/or candies over the chocolate. Let cool to room temperature, then chill to set. Break into pieces and serve.


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  1. My husband doesn’t eat my stuff, either, or read my blog. Much. So yep, it’s pretty flattering when he does! I would never be able to resist this bark. It’s all so amazing! And adorable!

  2. I was so close to making a bark over the weekend but I thought, wait until AFTER halloween so I can put all of Skylar’s random candy she collect in it. Lol

    Your bark looks so festive & tasty!

  3. The funny thing is that my husband and I have a running joke about toffee that he doesn’t believe it is a “thing.” Obviously at this point I’ve fully educated him but it took a while for that haha. Chocolate and toffee is always a winning combo!

  4. I love making bark like this! It’s so fun to create new combinations, and is so versatile, too. I love that you added graham crackers to your bark. Sounds perfect for Halloween, Dorothy!

  5. Now this is one festive looking bark! Love the toffee! Pinned!

  6. What a winning recipe seriously! Not just a halloween bark, but it’s got toffee? This is so creative and fun Dorothy! And your pictures are so awesome with all those Halloween colors! Pinned 🙂

  7. reason no. 1 million I need to get my hands on your book–ccc toffee bark???!! omg. And this toffee bark looks so cute and so taaaasty too-glad your hubs finally got his 1 piece 😛

  8. Gah! This looks so darn good, Dorothy! I love the toffee/chocolate layers you have going on with this bark. And the M&Ms and SPRINKLES. SO much fun!

  9. Ok, too funny…I just made toffee bark this weekend!!! Love this fun holiday version…it’s so bright and colorful!!!

  10. What a fun treat for Halloween! You are so creative!

  11. It’s so pretty!!!! Only you would have adorable little bone sprinkles. Ummm too cute for words. And it looks delicious…bring on the toffee and chocolate! 

    You are so sweet to make Mel a new batch of toffee bark! I’m sure he was elated! 🙂 

  12. This is such a fun Halloween treat! I love that you used a graham cracker base!

  13. This toffee bark is so fun! Love that you used graham crackers as a base. I always forget about bark during the holidays, but I love all the flavors you used. Especially all those sprinkles! 🙂

  14. This sounds delicious! I am a newcomer to “candy bark” but this looks divine. I totally agree with you about Halloween being a candy holiday; just like how Thanksgiving is a pumpkin pie holiday and Easter is a chocolate holiday, pinned! 😀 x 

  15. This is so adorable, and I love the colors.  I’m thinking I might use this recipe for Christmas! 

  16. So fantastically festive Dorothy! I would eat way too much of this stuff! Pinned!

  17. This was gone by the time I made it over to the table, too. So not cool. I guess I’ll just have to make my own. DarnShootHeck.

  18. This bark is so pretty and festive – I love it! And my husband is totally the same way. He doesn’t each much of what I make, but I made a mint chocolate bark a few weeks ago and he devoured it. Weirdos! 😉

  19. Oh my gosh – this toffee bark is so colorful and festive! Love it! Especially those little bone shaped sprinkles! Adorable.

  20. Oh wow this bark is sooo perfect!

  21. I love Mel because he loves this Halloween Toffee Bark and graham crackers.  . you’ve got a good one there! 😛 I’m so excited for Halloween. .  too many great treats I wanna make. .  this one might be pushing it’s way to #1. . 

  22. This… just sounds riDUNKulous my friend.  And super cute too.  Pinned, of course.
    Have a great week! xo

  23. Oh my gosh!! That makes me feel so bad that he didn’t get a piece of toffee at your party!! I only had one, but I wish I would’ve known. I’d have saved it for him! Poor guy. And then he had to be tempted by an entire recipe of it made especially for him… I don’t know whether that’s super sweet of you or pure torture! 😉 😉

  24. I am loving those little bone sprinkles! I have ones that are skulls! My husband doesn’t read my blog, but he definitely eats all the sweet treats I make. 
    This bark looks amazing! What a fun treat 🙂

  25. We always make pumpkin muffins for all the neighbors on our cul-de-sac every Halloween morning, but I think this year we’ll switch to this!  The bark is a wonderful idea!  Some of my favorite sweets are graham crackers, dark chocolate and toffe, and now it’s in one cute package!

  26. Tell Mel I’m sorry…Lorna and I really enjoyed the bark!! We tried not to eat too much… 🙂

  27. Love this colorful toffee bark Dorothy! Also excited because I bought your cookbook online yesterday. Merry Christmas to meee! 

  28. Mel really does have some amazing will power. I would cave and gobble everything up. Your treats are fabulous. 
    I love toffee! And this bark is so fun and festive for Halloween. Pinned!

  29. Yumsies!!! I love recipes like this.

    Also, your publisher sent me a copy of your book and has given me permission to excerpt a recipe – SO excited! It will be up next week.

  30. it was the BEST! and I love it for Halloween Dorothy

  31. This bark looks super cute, Dorothy! Love halloween recipe ideas like this! 

  32. Sooo glad that my husband eats the stuff I cook for the blog – along with the neighbors, and anyone who happens by.  I’m always looking for ways to get it out of the house!  This looks just perfect a fall party 🙂

  33. This is so great for Halloween, love the little bones!

  34. This looks so festive and colorful for Halloween. It would be great to have at a halloween party or any gathering.

  35. Love the little bone sprinkles, makes the bark so festive! BTW – my hubby also does not eat most of the sweets I make (however he is a sugar addict – go figure!), thank goodness for family, friends and co-workers!!! 🙂

  36. Love this toffee bark! It’s so pretty and festive – perfect for Halloween!  And those adorable little bone sprinkles? The CUTEST!  So sweet of you to make this batch just for Mel too:) Pinning!

  37. A bark for every season! You’ve got it all covered, thanks for the inspiration <3

  38. I’m with Mel- I LOVE graham crackers! I know that’s weird, and probably makes me sound like a Kindergartener, but I just love them. Dessert island- two foods for life- graham crackers are there. Along with chocolate covered pretzels. 😉 haha Love this Halloween version. The sprinkles are too cute!

  39. I had a question about cooking the toffee cause I want to make sure I don’t mess this up when I do it. Do I cook it 5-7 minutes (or until it reaches 255F) or do I cook it at 255 for 5-7 minutes. I was a little unclear on that part. Thanks. 

  40. Dorothy, you weren’t kidding about the white chocolate not working! I didn’t read that until I was getting ready to make it, so I figured I would give it a try anyways. Definitely doesn’t work! I kept it in the oven longer, hoping that would help it spread, but no luck. I finally gave up and decided it was just going to have to be sprinkled instead, lol. Have you tried using white candy melts instead?

    • I think next time I’m going to try melting the white chocolate separate and then just pouring it on when the toffee is done. I haven’t tried the melts – let me know if they work!

      • I’ve been making variations of this for the past few years, adding different extracts and toppings – white chocolate is finicky! the secret, I found, is to let the toffee cool enough to stop bubbling and letting off steam before sprinkling the chips, otherwise the moisture makes the chocolate seize. good luck!

      • Good to know, thank you! I totally hate melting white chocolate. It’s so frustrating!

  41. Do you have any idea if this freezes well?

  42. Just made this recipe, delicious! I did Christmas theme goodies on too 🙂 Yum!

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