This Monster Halloween Bark is a fun, colorful, and easy Halloween treat to make. It's a great no-bake kitchen activity you can do with your kids, and everyone will eat up the results!
Looking for super fun and incredibly easy no bake desserts for Halloween parties this year? Try my Halloween Monster Bark candy!
This is a fun and festive treat that is easy to make that is always a crowd pleaser. It's also a fun holiday project to do with the kids.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
Holiday bark is the closest thing to the most perfect holiday candy that you can make at home. I'm a huge fan of customizing chocolate bark for different holidays. Every year, I make at least one batch of Peppermint Holiday Bark, or my Cranberry Peppermint Holiday Bark.
Here's why this no-bake Halloween easy treat recipe is sure to become a regular holiday fave:
- Easy - This is a great recipe for kids, beginning cooks/beginning bakers, and anyone with tons of kitchen experience to no kitchen experience!
- Simple - You probably already have many of the base ingredients on hand in your pantry. And all of the holiday items are easy to find in any local grocery store or online.
- Versatile - It's easy to customize holiday bark for any occasion by switching up the color of the candy melts and toppings.
- Fast - This is an easy Halloween recipe that you can make quickly and doesn't require too much time in the kitchen.
🎃 Ingredient notes
To make this Monster Halloween Bark, you'll need:
- Semi-sweet chocolate - chop up semi-sweet chocolate baking bars that you find in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
- Colorful melting chocolates - I use orange candy melts and green candy melts. You can also use purple candy melts, white candy melts or melted white chocolate chips, and black melting chocolate to go with the Halloween theme!
- Hard Caramels - melt these in the microwave and spread onto the chocolate. This is an optional ingredient - you can easily leave it out! - but I love the added fall flavors caramel adds to the Halloween bark.
- Pretzels - If you can find pumpkin spice pretzels, I suggest using those. The fall flavors really add to the Halloween bark! But you can also use yogurt-covered pretzels or plain salted pretzels. These add a nice crunch to the bark!
- M & Ms - If you can find the Halloween colored M & Ms, use those. Otherwise, regular green, brown, and orange colored M & Ms from the year-round traditional packs work too.
- Sprinkles - Halloween themed sprinkles add pops of fun color throughout the bark.
- Candy eyeballs - Candy eyes are usually pretty easy to find year-round in the baking section of grocery stores, but you can also find candy eyeballs online.
More candy bark ingredient ideas:
- Candy corn (I personally am not a fan, but it would look great in Halloween holiday bark!)
- Pumpkin-shaped candy
- Black licorice pieces
- Chocolate chips
- Mini Oreos
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- Nuts (almonds, cashews, or pistachios would work well)
- Popcorn - either regular or Halloween-colored popcorn
✅ Step-by-step instructions
Detailed instructions can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here's a visual step-by-step guide with photos of the process to help you make this yummy monster bark!
First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Start by melting the chocolate bar pieces in a large glass bowl over a pot of simmering water.
- Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl, but is a simmering boil right below the bottom of the bowl. Use a heatproof silicone spatula or a whisk to stir the chocolate as it melts.
3. Carefully pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a silicone spatula to smooth the chocolate out over the entire baking sheet.
4. Melt the caramels in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments, just until the caramel has bubbled up and melted. Immediately drizzle the caramel over the chocolate and use the spatula to help distribute the caramel while it is still melted.
5. In separate microwave-safe bowls, melt the orange and green candy melts. Then drizzle those over the chocolate and caramel.
6. Immediately sprinkle the chopped pretzels, M & Ms, sprinkles, and candy eyeballs over the chocolate bark. Do this quickly before the candy melts and chocolate hardens.
Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature. Or place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolates and candies have set.
Break the bark up into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
📺 Watch how to make this easy monster bark!
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
I use pretzels, M & Ms, sprinkles, and candy eyeballs in my bark, but you can also mix in these tasty toppings:
-Candy corn (I personally am not a fan, but it would look great in Halloween holiday bark!)
-Black licorice pieces
-Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
-Nuts (almonds, cashews, or pistachios would work well)
-Popcorn - either regular or Halloween-colored popcorn
You can store it at room temperature as long as it doesn't get above 65°or so. To be on the safe side, you can keep it in the fridge so it doesn't melt. It should stay good for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Absolutely! You can store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just be sure to take it out and let it thaw a bit before digging in!
🥣 Kitchen tools and equipment
To make these adorable and tasty Halloween treats, you'll need:
- Baking sheet - use a standard half baking sheet or two quarter baking sheets
- Parchment paper - line the baking sheet(s) with parchment paper to keep the chocolate from sticking to the pan, and to lift the set chocolate out easily.
- Large glass bowl - Use a large heatproof bowl to melt the chocolate over a pot of simmering water.
- Pot - to bring water to a simmering boil to melt the chocolate
- Whisk - as the chocolate begins to melt, use a whisk to stir the unmelted chocolate into the melted chocolate until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
- 3 medium microwave-safe bowls - you'll need one microwave-safe bowl each to microwave and melt the caramels, the orange candy melts, and the orange candy melts.
- Spatula - Use a heatproof silicone spatula to spread the chocolate and candy melts out over the parchment paper.
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Monster Halloween Bark
- 16 oz semi-sweet or unsweetened baking chocolate, roughly chopped
- ½ cup hard caramel candies
- ¾ cup green melting chocolate
- ¾ cup orange melting chocolate
- ½ cup M & Ms
- ½ cup chopped pretzels (I use pumpkin spice but you can use white chocolate or yogurt covered)
- ¼ cup Halloween-colored candy sprinkles
- 2 Tbsp candy eyeballs
- Prepare a rimmed baking sheet (or two quarter baking sheets) by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add one inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Lower to a simmer and then add chocolate to an oven-proof glass bowl and place over the water in the saucepan.
- Whisk the chocolate (or fold over using a heatproof spatulover the simmering water until all chocolate melts and is smooth. Remove from heat and pour the chocolate onto the prepared parchment paper-covered baking sheets. Use a spatula to guide the chocolate into an even layer. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a heatproof bowl, melt caramel candies in the microwave until warm and whisk together into a smooth melted caramel. Using a spoon, add caramel over the chocolate in strips. Be creative here: you can decorate in lines and then use a fork to drag through the lines to create fun swirls, or create fun swirls just using the spoon. Once you've added all the caramel you want (you don't need to add ALL of the melted caramel -- just how much you want!), set aside the baking sheet to cool slightly.
- In two separate heatproof bowls, microwave the green chocolate melts in one bowl and the orange chocolate melts in another bowI in 30-45 second intervals until softened. Use a whisk or fork to smooth out the chocolate, then pour each over the chocolate caramel layers any which way you choose.
- Now you can add any additional toppings you want. I added Halloween-colored sprinkles, candied eyeballs, pumpkin spice yogurt covered pretzels, and Halloween-colored M & Ms.
- Allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before breaking up or slicing into smaller pieces.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
🎃 Halloween Printables
Throwing a Halloween party? Check out our Ultimate Bundle of Halloween printables!
The Halloween printables bundle includes:
- Halloween party invitation design
- Halloween bingo cards + call-out cards
- Lunchbox laughs with Halloween-themed jokes
- Halloween word search
- Halloween favor bag fold-over tags
- Trick-or-treating scavenger hunt
- Halloween candy wrappers