Almond Butter Swirled Nutty Chocolate Bark is basically the grown-up’s answer to the Halloween candy surplus. I love a good Reese’s cup, but y’all? Let’s get real – the good stuff like peanut butter cups is so scarce these days. I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine came back from trick-or-treating with tons of Swedish fish (good, not great), Tootsie Rolls (gag) and plain Hershey bars (only good for s’mores). I want to enjoy a sweet treat, but not at the expense zero flavor!
Enter: grown up candy. Almond Butter Swirled Nutty Chocolate Bark to be exact!
Did you know that making your own candy at home is almost silly in how easy it is? I almost always have a bag of chocolate chips on hand, and lately we keep a bag of shelled pistachios on hand for healthier snacking. Dried cherries are a great little treat that my boys love, and if you throw it all together you can have fancy-grade grown-up candy in no time.
This year was actually the first time I’ve been trick-or-treating in probably over a decade (insert embarrassed omg-I’m-so-old emoji right here). The boys’ bedtimes have always made it so that it wasn’t really a good idea, but we decided to go for it this year and I’m so glad we did. W thought it was the greatest thing ever, especially since there was a hayride involved. A wasn’t sure what to think, but I got a lot of sweet snuggles from him especially after we got past his normal bedtime. I didn’t fight it since the kid literally never holds still…ever 🙂
Anyway, it was such a sweet experience to relive Halloween through my kids’ eyes. I’ve never been a big Halloween person; I’m not sure why, but it just has never been my favorite holiday. Watching the boys experience it for the first time was really fun, though, and it makes me excited to keep making our own traditions in the future!
Although I’ll definitely be sure to keep a batch of grown up candy on hand for the adults though 😉
If you’re looking for other great homemade candy options be sure to check out:
Kit Kat Cups
Toasted Coconut Pecan Butter Cups
Protein Peanut Butter Cups
White Chocolate Covered Oreo Cups
Blueberry, Walnut & Toasted Coconut Bark
Coconut Butter Bark with Cacao Nibs & Dried Cranberries
Tropical White Chocolate Bark
ALMOND BUTTER SWIRLED NUTTY CHOCOLATE BARK
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter (make sure it’s well-stirred before measuring)
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup shelled roasted salted pistachios
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and coconut oil.
- Microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds.
- Remove the bowl and stir for 30 seconds.
- Repeat until the chocolate is almost all melted; continue to stir until the chocolate is smooth and shiny.
- Pour the chocolate onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread it into a very thin layer, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Stir together the almond butter and honey until completely combined and thin.
- Scoop the almond butter mixture about a teaspoon at a time and drop into the chocolate.
- Using a toothpick gently swirl the almond butter throughout the chocolate.
- Evenly sprinkle the pistachios, pecans and cherries on top of the almond butter-chocolate mixture.
- Gently press the nuts and cherries into the chocolate.
- Refrigerate until solid, about 20 minutes, then break into pieces.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.