Jul 182014


The funny thing about this Halloween Bark recipe is that I normally would have passed right over it. Yet, I saw a picture of it that is so wicked cool! Plus it was something I could take in for my co-workers, which I did.

*Heavy Sigh and Head Hanging Down*…

Parsley. Again.  The story here of The Morning My Hot English Lover And I Had Our Party Crashed continues to haunt me!

Phoenix and I can never get a cooking night alone to ourselves. I’ve informed Miss Parsley that we never made a commitment and that I have the herbal hots for Miss Basil.Halloween Bark Ingredients

Let’s see a show of hands from those who didn’t have a sweetsgasm looking at Oreo Cookies, white chocolate chips and Reese’s Pieces sitting on the counter teasing you?

And why am I posting this in July? Because I felt like it!
Phoenix, dripping with sarcasm, “Wow, you really told them how it is, Daddy…”

Phoenix Golden Retriever

That’s watering simmering after I brought it down from a boil and then was ready to set a glass bowl over it to act as a double boiler. Boil Water

Setting the glass bowl full of white chocolate chips onto the simmering bowl of water. The recipe called for White Almond Bark but there was no store in the City of Reno that had any after the first of the year. I could have ordered some online but I wasn’t going to wait. You’re already getting even more excited aren’t you?Halloween Bark White Chocolate into double boiler

I stirred that down into melted white chocolaty goodness and wanted to do a face plant in the bowl right then and there. Note to self… turn off the flash when taking a picture of a solid white mass…Halloween Bark Melted White Chocolate

I took a baking sheet and (with my box cutter) cut parchment paper to fit it. I also own a screwdriver and a hammer, but let’s not get all crazy bringing out my only three tools in one night.Halloween Bark Parchment Paper

Phoenix to all of you, “The man can’t hammer a nail straight and now he’s using a sharp tool. This should be interesting…”

Phoenix Golden Retriever

The Most Sarcastic Golden Retriever In The World

We were all ready to get this ball rolling and it would get rolling fast the minute the melted white chocolate gets spread out on the graham crackers. Ooopps… Graham Crackers!Halloween Bark Parchment Paper

There… dang, that would have been embarrassing, huh?Halloween Bark Graham Crackers on cookie sheet

Ok,  you have to pick up the pace here because you want to spread the ingredients on the warm white chocolate immediately so that they will set…Halloween Bark White Chocolate over graham crackers

Which is exactly what I did NOT do because I wasn’t freakin’ ready ahead of time…Halloween Bark Oreos

Phoenix doing his best Jedi Mind Trick, “Daddy, you shall knock the Oreo Cookie off of the counter and it Shall fall into my mouth now!”Phoenix Golden Retriever

Argh… competing for time with Phoenix, my Golden Retriever, on what  is supposed to be my has become his blog! The cookies got slightly broken up then the pretzels broken in two and the Reese’s Pieces were left as is.Halloween Bark Reeses Pieces and Pretzels

I did a quick chop on some Pistachio nuts…Halloween Bark Pistachios

I tossed everything onto the (already cooling off) melting white chocolate but still had great success!!Halloween Bark Everything on sheet

Phoenix to all of you, “My powers with The Force still needs some work when he’s cooking…”Phoenix Golden Retriever

So, I broke this cookie sheet of beauty off into individual squares. I grabbed one and took my first bite. OH. MY. GAWD. The combination of sweet and salty with that crunchy texture was an amazing success! Oreo cookies for that quick brown chocolate, a pretzel, Reese’s Pieces, pistachio nut, white chocolate then graham cracker.  ALL IN ONE BITE??!! I needed a moment to myself with my Halloween Bark…Halloween Bark

You can find the original recipe at The Pioneer Woman right here!

With this post we are sending a shout-out to our friend Tamara! She is not only a spectacular professional photographer but she and her husband are the most amazing parents to their two beautiful children! Tamara is an avid animal lover and makes sure their house is filled with four-legged joys for the kids to grow up with. I’ve made no secret about it, that I’m head over heels for something that I have first dibs on – their Han Solo wall statue! Thank you so much for all of your support to us, our friend! Please check out her blog at Tamara (Like) Camera right here!!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  58 Responses to “Halloween Bark To Delight Your Sweet Tooth”

  1. I remember when you brought that into work. That was very yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Hi Mike,

    Its good that you have shared this recipe in advance…seems to be quite good! I think we should try this one! But I don’t like white chocolate…can I use the normal one?
    You seem to have a sweet tooth!!

    • Hi Balroop, and you can absolutely substitute regular chocolate! The white is merely for color contrast 🙂

  3. yum,yum, and yummy!
    And it got even better, he brought the left over ingredients to work for us to eat!!!!

  4. I want some. Rightnow. Thanks for sharing and I LOVE Phoenix’s facial expressions – they’re simply awesome. Hope you guys are having a great weekend!

    • Thank you! It’s super easy to make and maybe Tucker might like it, Kristi? 🙂

    • Yes, Tucker would LOVE it but I’d have to leave out the pistachios as he’s allergic!! Also he will need to lick it like 90 times to decide whether all the ingredients are not stinky. But yeah, after that? He’d be all in. Gonna try it!!

    • You might very well have a young, future chef on your hands there, mom! That is awesome that at that young an age any young child has an acute sense for both taste and smell combined! Ya never know! You are one of our most favoritest kids anywhere, Tucker! And the fun thing about this is that you and he can add/omit any toppings you like 🙂

  5. Mike, you’re a very strong man! I wouldn’t pass that desire to do a face plant in the bowl of that “melted white chocolaty goodness”!!! Mm-mmmmmmmmm 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Tamara’s Camera blog! I enjoyed her photography.

    • Alex, after I was done that spatula was licked clean LOL 🙂 I’m glad you checked out Tamara’s blog…she’s fantastic! 🙂

  6. I just noticed a Jeep in your driveway. The first thing we bought when we moved to Utah was our Jeep Liberty and then went over some mountain passes (scary edges of road). Loved Tamara’s Camera blog. Such cute pics!

    Since I’m seeing Halloween stuff in the stores, your post is right on time. I hope you dropped some doggy treats for Phoenix since his nostrils had that hungry flare starting to show.

    • LOL, I’m still trying to figure out the Jeep in my driveway part, Neva! 🙂 I bet you loved that Liberty for off-roading. Tamara has a great blog and it will always make you smile 🙂 And Phoenix never goes w/o getting his salmon treats when I’m cooking 🙂

  7. OMG, this looks amazing, Mike! I wish I had the recipe when my kids were little. Speaking of Oreo cookies flying off the counter (Phoenix), my cat used to get up on the counter when I was out of the room for a moment and bat treats off for our dog who salivated below. LOL. That one’s for Phoenix. Now, you just need to get a cat, Mike. If Phoenix starts begging you for one you’ll know why. Great recipe!

    I’ll check out Tamara’s site. Actually, I’ve been to her site before and loved it so thanks for the reminder.

    • That is a HYSTERICALLY funny story, Lisa!! OMG if you have any video of that saved please send it to us!! That’s great on stopping by Tamara’s site when you get a chance 🙂 And sorry no kitties here…and Phoenix does get along with them…after they are down tormenting him on the fence in the backyard 🙂

  8. I wish I’d known about this recipe back when I was allowed to eat stuff like this. *BIG sigh* Pistachio nuts are the only thing in that whole conglomeration that I can eat. *BIGGER SIGH* But it does look awesome. Enjoy some for me, pretty please.

    • Ironic you mention the pistachio nuts, Nan. That is my after work snack that I have (a handful) every night after work 🙂 Sorry you can’t enjoy but I do understand! 🙂

  9. Wow, they look so yummy! I would probably leave the pretzel sticks off though and stick with overwhelming sweetness 🙂

    • That’s the fun part, Catherine, is that you can tweak it any way you like! 🙂

  10. What an awesome party pleaser. I really think the guests should get involved with the making of it don’t you. In amongst all the chaos I’m sure something would get dropped into the four legged ever hopeful food dispenser. 🙂 Ooops. I can taste that mix of sweet and salty from over here in Australia.

    • What would be fun for guests is to spread the melted white (or regular) chocolate on there and immediately cut it up into squares. Then have your guests with a bowls of choices of toppings and let them make their own! It’s like the frozen yogurt shops with all the various choices. LOL…to what would get dropped on the floor. Chocolate and dogs don’t get along so beware, Jan 😉

  11. Looks delicious, than you for the recipe Mike 🙂

  12. Uhhh… where was I when you brought this to work?

    • I looked for you! Ok, no I didn’t…you weren’t there. Sorry, Chris, and they went fast! 🙂

  13. Hi Mike & Phoenix! It’s great to be back and visit you two again. This post is right up my alley. My whole family has a sweet tooth. This looks really delicious and seems easy enough (even for me). I can’t wait to try it and we’ll do some test runs before Oct. My kids are already saying a big Thanks to Uncle Mike 🙂 I’m so glad to see Phoenix looking so handsome and well.

    • Thank you, Mary, and this was from last winter before Phoenix got really sick. Tell your kids they are very welcome! I can’t wait for the four of you to try it. It can be a blast for the kids and you can add/omit any ingredients you like! 🙂

  14. I like sweet and salty together too. Yum! Does Phoenix ever steal food? I love the different facial expressions he gives you for his photos. The other day I made these yummy paninis and after we ate dinner outside, and were bringing everything in, the dogs stole the last two. I have no idea who did it or if it was a planned caper amongst them, but I was bummed. They would have been quite nice to have for leftovers. 🙁

    • LOL….sorry, but that is funny! I have to keep a super close eye on Phoenix. And btw…thank you for commenting on his part of the post, Michelle! The only thing he has stole so far is a banana. He’s a lightening fast counter surfer. Well, and several years ago he stole a dinner roast (yes, an entire roast) off of the counter at our friend’s house who were dog sitting him. I received a less than pleased text from the mom 🙂

  15. YUMMY – yes with capitals…man this is not a good thing to read at night time, when one has no chocolate in the motorhome at all 🙂
    Look, lets do a deal….I will cook for you and Phoenix if you do the sweet tooth dishes….all you need to do is send me a plane ticket and I will be there 🙂
    Seriously, the salt and the sweet chocolate together sounds amazing….mind you I have never tried Oreo Cookies before!

    • Ironically, I RARELY cook or make anything sweet at home, Lisa! This only the third dessert I’ve made in the past year! OMG you guys have to try Oreo Cookies! And be careful on what you wish for…re: the plane ticket. But, I would want to fly you all over here 🙂

  16. The joy I have for this recipe, this story, and the shout-out at the end knows no bounds!
    Thank you!
    I was enjoying it very much, even before I got to my special shout-out in the end. And I’m a big fan of planning my fall delights early.
    I’m also a big fan of making them early, like a rebel.

    • Ah yes, this would be a blast for you and the kids to make a home, Tamara! I can see that awesome husband of your’s in the pictures with the kids putting the toppings on now. I’m a rebel too 🙂

  17. OOO, MY,
    just added to my favorite recipes, Mike.
    Wish you and Phenix lived closer to me,
    cuz you both fill my heart w/ joy. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • There are so many bloggers I wished Phoenix and I lived closer to, yourself included! Let me know if you make it and if you like it! I so loved, loved, your post. Many hugs and loving squeezes being sent your way 🙂

  18. Mike and Phoenix, Bad timing! Jim and I are heading out on a road trip in the early darkness that will be tomorrow morning…and to a land with not too many snack shops on the road….This would have been awesome! Next time, next time!

    • I’m not sure how well this would have traveled with you two, Corinne. It’s a really fragile treat with the toppings. Have a great, safe time on your trip 🙂

  19. I’m all for Halloween treats at any time of the year although it’s hard to imagine all of these flavors meshing together – but I’ll take your word for it. I think it’s the pretzels that are throwing me off. I love, love, love pistachios though – they’re my fave nut!

    • OH gosh, Dana, you just omit the pretzels no problem. They are more for texture and appearance but absolutely not a necessity. I have pistachios every night after work as my bedtime snack 🙂

  20. I’m not a big fan of sweet but this looks indeed very yummy. Great idea for Halloween indeed.
    Phoenix looks great 🙂

    • Thank you as well for commenting on Phoenix, our friend! This was last winter before he got really sick, Freya. I would never have made this if it weren’t for the appearance. That’s what intrigued me. I’m not a sweets eater for the most part either 🙂

  21. This sound yummy Mike! It’s like trail mix on a graham cracker. Kids love the mix of sweet and salty and even dissecting it to pick out their fav parts first.

    • This would be a blast for you and your kids to make, Krystle! You can choose the ingredients ahead of time and let them put on their favorite toppings! 🙂

  22. Oh my these look delicious!!!!!! We’re in the process of moving to a new apartment (haha and at the snails pace we’re going we should be in right before Halloween;-), so I will definitely make these as treats for our new neighbors once we’re finally in there! Thanks for the inspiration, Mike!!

    • Ah, great call on a food greeting gift for your new neighbors, Jess! Oh lordy I do NOT like moving so I feel for you guys! How is Gillman handling the transition? 🙂

  23. Those photos of Phoenix are great. (Or maybe he’s just using the Force to tell me to write that.) This looks so yummy and easy. I’m glad I’m in America reading this as I couldn’t get graham crackers or Reese’s Pieces in Malaysia. They had white chocolate and mini choc chips, but nothing as good as what’s in the grocery store in America.

    • LOL…maybe Phoenix is telling you, Michele! That is funny. Oh my gosh I hope you are getting your fix on for all the special treats (sugary or savory) that you missed while overseas! Did you get a copy of your magazine from Malaysia, yet? 🙂

  24. Yum! That looks really good, and I love Phoenix’s Jedi Mind Trick face!

    • For those who like sweets it was definitely a treat, A Lady In London! And yes, you have to watch out for that kid of mine…he’s a crafty one 😉

  25. Oh I’ve missed my blogosphere friends like you two while I’ve been in Wifi no-man(or woman)’s-land. Great photos and this sounds great as well!

    • Wow, we’ve missed you as well, Jackie! Thank you for the compliment and did you guys find a place in Greece? 🙂

  26. Omomomomomomomom! These Halloween treats are to die for, Mike! So so so yummy! I try to avoid sweets, but these…. I wouldn’t resist the temptation, that’s for sure!

    • That is what is so ironic is that I’m rarely a sweets person myself, Agness 🙂 But, they were most definitely yummy and my co-workers will vouch for that 🙂

  27. Oh my God Mike! What can I say! It sounds and looks divine!

  28. I’ll have to try this recipe out too! Looks great! I love oreo cookies 😀

    • You can’t go wrong with Oreo cookies, right? I had an Oreo cookie cream pie at work the other day. OMG it was good Michelle! 🙂

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