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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Ultimate Halloween Candy Bar (With Customizable Toothpick Engraving)

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I was honored to be asked by my new friend, Callye aka Sweet Sugarbelle, to participate in her collaboration of 20+ fun and creative ways to use a pumpkin cookie cutter! Well, I immediately knew I wanted to use the cookie cutter to create a treat other than a cookie, so I started to brainstorm and decided to go with a Halloween themed variation on my DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Chalkboards. So far, I have used my original DIY toothpick engraving technique on chocolate bars for Father's Day, graduation, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, so I just couldn't resist adding Halloween to the mix!

You can engrave a custom message into your candy bar, or create a spooky scene, it is completely customizable! Adorn your creation with all kinds of candy and you'll be handing out the absolute best Halloween candy to your friends, family, classmates or co-workers this year!




The Ultimate Halloween Candy Bar

You will need:


  • 1 Hershey's milk or dark chocolate bar (any size) 
  • Toothpick 
  • Powdered (confectioners') sugar 
  • Orange gel food coloring/icing color 
  • Orange fruit chew, for the pumpkin (Starburst) 
  • Green fruit candy, for the pumpkin stem (Mike & Ike) 
  • Pumpkin Cookie Cutter 
  • Edible Ink Marker 
  • Melted Chocolate 
  • Small candy for decoration


Directions 

You can make these candy bars any size you like. Try using small snack size minis...


A standard 1.55oz chocolate bar...



Or the XL 4.4oz chocolate bars (that you can break up to create multiple smaller bars or keep whole for one giant plaque like I did!).


For the inscription color you can use plain powdered sugar for a white engraving (like in my Edible Chalkboards), or tint the powdered sugar, like I did, for a festive touch with some gel food coloring/icing color of your choice.

To tint powdered sugar, simply add a tiny bit of food coloring to a small bowl of powdered sugar with a toothpick (a little goes a long way, you probably will only need about 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar). Using your fingers (wear gloves if you don't want it to temporarily stain your fingers) rub the powdered sugar and food coloring together, adding more coloring, until you have reached your desired shade. Once you have reached your desired color, sift the powdered sugar to remove any clumps, so it is back to its normal powdery consistency.



For the pumpkin, flatten an orange fruit chew into a circular shape slightly larger than your pumpkin cookie cutter. Cut out a pumpkin shape and attach a green candy as the stem. The stickiness from the candy should be enough to adhere it to the chocolate bar, but you can always use some melted chocolate to stick it in place better.



Applying medium pressure, use a toothpick to engrave a message, name or image on to the flat (bottom) side of the chocolate bar. Brush away any excess chocolate shavings. Get creative and have fun! Try different fonts, messages, or even engrave a fun drawing.



Sprinkle your engraved chocolate bar with your colored powdered sugar.



Using your finger, gently rub the powdered sugar around, so it falls into the lines you have engraved with your toothpick.




Using a damp paper towel, wipe the surface of your chocolate bar to remove all excess powdered sugar, leaving your inscription filled with powdered sugar so it will stand out. Make sure your paper towel is not too wet, so it only removes the powdered sugar on top of the chocolate and does not erase the powdered sugar that has filled the crevasse of your inscription.



Melt chocolate chips according to package, and use it as a "glue" to attach festive candy around the border of your chocolate bar.



You can package them up in clear plastic bags tied with ribbon for gift giving. If you want to make plaques that stand up, you will need half of a marshmallow (cut width wise) for the back of each bar. Using your melted chocolate, attach the cut side of the marshmallow to the bottom-center of your chocolate bar.


For more fun ways to use a pumpkin cookie cutter check out the entire roundup and get inspired by 20+ amazing bloggers!


12.   Woodland Owl Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker
13.   Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies, Created by Diane
14.   Wide Eyed Owl Cookies, Simply Sweets by Honeybee
15.   Zombie Girl and Brains Cookies, Not Your Momma’s Cookies
16.   Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Fudge, The Partiologist
17.   3-D Pumpkin Cookie, Cookie Crazie
18.   Faberge-Style Pumpkin Coach, Oh, Sugar Events
19.   Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin Cupcake Topper, Sweetology 101
20.   Slimy Green Ghost Cookies, Pink Little Cake
21.   Silly Pumpkin Face Cookies, Klickitat Street
22.   Pretty Painted Pumpkin Cookies, Glorious Treats
23.   Lalaloopsie Cookies with a Twist, SweetSugarBelle


Be sure to check out more Halloween Recipes & Treats here!


Give them a try, and be sure to share a picture on our Facebook wall, or email a photo to MyCreation@dollhousebakeshoppe.com to have your recreation featured in our Fan Photo album!

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23 comments:

  1. Such an amazingly cute idea!! Especially the writing - genius!!

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  2. I love the idea of leaving a message on a candy bar. This is so cute and the writing is pure Genius!!

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  3. Lindsay, Very cute and clever! I KNOW my munchkins will love this awesome candy bar!

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  4. what a great and creative idea. Love it!

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  5. Great addition to your chocolate chalk boards. I love the candy border.

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  6. Now that's what I call a Halloween candy bar!!! Super cute and it would make a very special treat this Halloween!

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  7. Clever ideas.....for sure. Talk about a SWEET treat! :) I enjoyed going this pumpkin cutter challenge with you. :)

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  8. Thanks, so glad you liked it!

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  9. So glad, thank you Karen!

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  10. Aw, thanks Sue! Definitely not gonna be one of the candy bars in the "trading" pile ;)

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  11. So creative and cute! I'm so glad I discovered you through being a part of this project. I signed up to follow you through email.

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  12. I'm Simply Sweets by Honeybee by the way :)

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  13. These are brilliant and darling!! Not sure how I've never visited your blog before, but so glad to have found you through working together on Callye's project!

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  14. All those chocolate bar pictures are basically going to ruin my whole "I'm for real going to eat healthy today" promise. I LOVE the method you used for writing on the candy bars!! So so so creative!!!

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  15. You are just the cleverest! Pretty sure this is every single kid in the world's dream right here (and maybe some grown-ups).

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  16. OH MAN! Lo0ve this! Love this! I wanted to do chalkboards at the end of the school year in June but ran out of time. Love this! So cute, am definitely going to do this!!!!!!

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  17. Wow, wouldn't any kid (or me) LOVE to get this treat!! So cute!

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