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Make Candy Pumpkins with Almond Bark

Updated on August 9, 2014

Easy Candy Jack O' Lanterns

Make candy pumpkins with almond bark for a fun, non-scary Halloween treat.

These pumpkins only use three ingredients and a few kitchen supplies you probably have on hand.

If you want to make an easy and fun treat this year for a Halloween party or to give to friends, family, and co-workers, you've come to the right place.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Jack o' Lantern candy
Jack o' Lantern candy

These pumpkin candies contain absolutely no pumpkin, but they are shaped like pumpkins!

Check the photos below for step by step instructions to making these easy candy pumpkins.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 blocks of almond bark OR 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • food coloring gel (red yellow green)
  • about 10 chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. See the photos below for step by step directions. They're so simple to make!
  2. You'll also need these kitchen tools:
  3. ~ microwave safe bowl or cup to melt the almond bark or white chocolate
  4. ~ spoon to stir the melting bark
  5. ~ spatula to flatten the bark
  6. ~ waxed paper to put the candy on
  7. These candies are easy and perfect to let the kids help make.
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Finished candy pumpkins.Chop 2 blocks of almond bark (or use 1 cup white chocolate chips). Use either one. I will just refer to "bark" here.Melt in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time. Stir and then melt some more. It usually takes about 40 to 60 seconds total.Aim for this consistency.The bark should be thin enough to drip from the spoon.Move a teaspoon of bark to a separate bowl. Add a generous drop of green food coloring gel to the small bowl. Add an even more generous drop of both red and yellow (they make orange!) to the large quantity. Stir them up. Adjust food coloring as needeScoop out some orange bark and and flatten with a spatula. Use a circle (a glass, as shown, works great) to cut out a pumpkin.Remove the extra portion. (I ate it. Go figure!)Chop chocolate chips for eyes, nose, and mouth.Roll a small bit of green bark to form a stem. Press it into the pumpkin. Arrange the chocolate chip pieces to make faces on your pumpkin candy. Next, slide the wax paper onto a firm surface (a plate or pan) and set in the refrigerator for at least 1
Finished candy pumpkins.
Finished candy pumpkins.
Chop 2 blocks of almond bark (or use 1 cup white chocolate chips). Use either one. I will just refer to "bark" here.
Chop 2 blocks of almond bark (or use 1 cup white chocolate chips). Use either one. I will just refer to "bark" here.
Melt in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time. Stir and then melt some more. It usually takes about 40 to 60 seconds total.
Melt in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time. Stir and then melt some more. It usually takes about 40 to 60 seconds total.
Aim for this consistency.
Aim for this consistency.
The bark should be thin enough to drip from the spoon.
The bark should be thin enough to drip from the spoon.
Move a teaspoon of bark to a separate bowl. Add a generous drop of green food coloring gel to the small bowl. Add an even more generous drop of both red and yellow (they make orange!) to the large quantity. Stir them up. Adjust food coloring as neede
Move a teaspoon of bark to a separate bowl. Add a generous drop of green food coloring gel to the small bowl. Add an even more generous drop of both red and yellow (they make orange!) to the large quantity. Stir them up. Adjust food coloring as neede
Scoop out some orange bark and and flatten with a spatula. Use a circle (a glass, as shown, works great) to cut out a pumpkin.
Scoop out some orange bark and and flatten with a spatula. Use a circle (a glass, as shown, works great) to cut out a pumpkin.
Remove the extra portion. (I ate it. Go figure!)
Remove the extra portion. (I ate it. Go figure!)
Chop chocolate chips for eyes, nose, and mouth.
Chop chocolate chips for eyes, nose, and mouth.
Roll a small bit of green bark to form a stem. Press it into the pumpkin. Arrange the chocolate chip pieces to make faces on your pumpkin candy. Next, slide the wax paper onto a firm surface (a plate or pan) and set in the refrigerator for at least 1
Roll a small bit of green bark to form a stem. Press it into the pumpkin. Arrange the chocolate chip pieces to make faces on your pumpkin candy. Next, slide the wax paper onto a firm surface (a plate or pan) and set in the refrigerator for at least 1

Make Small Batches--It Works Better

To make more candy pumpkins,

just repeat the process.

Make these candy pumpkins

in small batches.

Once you start melting the

almond bark, you need to pour it

quickly or it "sets" again so melting

one cup at a time seems to work well.

Supplies to Make Candy Pumpkins

Keep these simple ingredients on hand and make candy pumpkins any time. It's also easy to make candy for other holidays (snowmen for winter, Christmas trees for Christmas, eggs for Easter, shamrocks for St. Patrick's day, and on and on!).

To store these candy pumpkins, line a tin or plastic container with waxed paper.

Layer the waxed paper to keep them

from sticking to each other.

Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

They will thaw quickly so put them

on a platter and serve them.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Will you make candy pumpkins?

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    • Mary Stephenson profile image

      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Looks very easy to do and I am sure kids would go nuts over them.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      wow looks good! I should learn to make these ^_^

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      skbook39 5 years ago

      hmmm maybe i will

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      They do sound good. Perhaps I will.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Yum! What a great idea for anyone who doesn't care for pumpkin flavoring (or who's had more than enough pumpkin!). Great tips, too!

    • Camden1 profile image

      Camden1 5 years ago

      Sounds like a fun activity for next week's fall break!

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