For this ghastly concoction, you will need candy melt wafers, candy corn, gummy worms, gummy frogs and don’t forget the candy eyeballs! All swirled together in a cauldron (cookie sheet!) to make Witches Brew Candy Bark – spell-tacular!
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Witches Brew Candy Bark
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
What’s better than making a tasty treat for your kids to enjoy on Halloween? Especially when it’s one that they can get involved with in making!
Witches Brew Candy Bark is easy to make and tastes delicious. It’s made with swirls of different colored candy melt wafers and topped with a variety of Halloween candies before being left to set.
Once set, smash the slab of candy up into pieces to nibble on. You could also place the bark into cello bags to give out to Trick or Treaters instead of the usual candy suspects!
The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!
Ingredients Used In This Recipe
While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.
It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.
- Candy Melts – in assorted colors, we used orange, yellow, blue, and purple, but use any combination you like.
- Candy Eyeballs – in multiple sizes
- Candy Corn
- Gummy Worms
- Gummy Frogs
- Harry Potter Jelly Slugs
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Equipment Used in This Recipe
You can melt candy melts/candy wafers in the microwave or a double boiler, or if you plan on making lots of candy-covered treats in the future, I recommend investing in a candy-melting pot as treat-making life is then so much easier!
If you want to drizzle candy melts onto the pretzels you’ll need zip-top freezer bags or disposable piping bags to get the job done.
And some wax paper to lay the coated pretzel rods on so that they can set.
More Recipes Using Candy Melts
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is candy melt wafers, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats – A Disney Halloween Treat!
- Werewolf Claw Pretzel Rods Are A Howling Halloween Snack!
- Black & Orange Halloween Rice Krispies Pops
Melting Tips for Candy Melts Wafers
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
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How Do I Make Witches Brew Candy Bark?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- Candy melts in assorted colors
- Candy eyeballs in multiple sizes
- Gummy worms
- Candy corn
- Gummy frogs
- Harry Potter Jelly Slugs candy
- Line a large baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
- Place each color of the candy melts in a separate microwave-safe bowl.
- Melt each set on high heat, stirring every 30-seconds until completely melted. Do not overheat. If the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well. Do not add water or any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden and be unusable.
- When all of the candy melts are ready, pour over the wax paper-lined baking sheet and swirl together. If the candy dries too quickly, you can heat the entire baking sheet by holding over a stove burner on low heat but do not allow the baking sheet to rest over the burner for too long.
- While the candy is still soft, press the candies into the candy melts.
- Allow to dry completely before breaking into pieces and serving.
- Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
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- Harry Potter Jelly Slugs
- Haribo Gummy Frogs
- Gummy Worms
- Wilton Candy Melting Pot
- PME Electric Chocolate Melting Pots
- Brach's Classic Candy Corn
- Assorted Candy Eyeballs Tackle Box
- Wilton Candy Melts - Lavender/Purple
- Light Blue Wilton Candy Melts
- Wilton Candy Melts - Green
- Wilton Candy Melts - Orange
- Yellow Wilton Candy Melts
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Halloween Dinner!
You’ve made the dessert, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal for a Halloween dinner party!
- Appetizer: Air Fryer Mummy Meatballs with Marinara Sauce – Halloween Appetizer!
- Soup: Grandma’s Pumpkin Soup
- Salad: Grilled Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
- Main Dish: Cuban Mojo Pork
- Side Dish: Cuban Mojo Potatoes – A Delicious Side Dish with Chili, Garlic & Lime
- Beverage: Bloody Vampire Cocktail
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