Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark

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The Halloween candy has arrived and it’s taking every ounce of willpower I have to avoid the trick-or-treat bowl as much as possible. The obvious response, of course, is to make your own candy. Right? Thought so.

I’ve always been a Heath Bar lover. That’s what I always get on ice cream, and Heath Bars were one of my favorite treats in my Halloween basket as a kid. I’ve been putting off making my own because candy-making is intimidating. You have to have patience and a candy thermometer, and I never seem to have both at the same time.

But when I dreamed up a pumpkin spice toffee, I knew I needed to make it happen. After trying a couple different ways, I landed on this Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark recipe. Let me tell you: It has toffee, it has pumpkin spice, it has roasted pumpkin seeds. It even has sesame seeds, dark chocolate and sea salt. Everyone knows this is what fall tastes like.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark // feastandwest.com

If you make this without a candy thermometer (which I totally did — score one for patience) you can use the water test. You’ll want to reach the hard-crack stage, around
300° F to 310° F. (The first time I made it, I didn’t cook the toffee long enough and had really soft, almost fudgy toffee. Learn from my mistake and use either the thermometer or the water test!)

Once you have your candy base, you can stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Spread it over roasted pumpkin seeds, and sprinkle more on top. Also add sesame seeds, dust with sea salt and drizzle on dark chocolate. Pop it in the fridge for a bit, and you’ve got a a glorious tray of hardened pumpkin seed toffee candy.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark // feastandwest.com

Today’s post is part of a giant virtual pumpkin party that’s taking over the Internet. If you love pumpkin even a tiny bit, there’s a recipe for you here. You really really do not want to miss any of these, so scroll to the end of this post for the full list of pumpkin goodness! Enjoy! // susannah

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark // feastandwest.com

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Toffee Bark

Yield: 100 pieces

This toffee bark is topped with dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and spices for a fancy fall treat. Perfect for a gift or a party!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • dash sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread pumpkin seeds on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring halfway through, until lightly browned. Set aside. Once cooled, reserve 1/4 of the the pumpkin seeds.
  2. Clip a candy thermometer, if using, to a large sauce pan, about 1/2" away from the bottom of the pan. Grease lightly with cooking spray.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine butter, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking often. Reduce heat if necessary. Cook approximately 12-15 minutes or until the mixture is golden. (If using a candy thermometer, remove from heat when the mixture is 300° F.
  4. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Pour and spread over nuts. Let cool 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle on remaining pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sea salt. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Refrigerate until set. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 12 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g

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And OMG you guys. These pumpkin recipes! Get after them. Huge ups to Sara at Cake Over Steak for coordinating this fun blog get-together.

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  1. Iida-Emilia says

    Wow, this looks delicious! I love everything that has pumpkin on it but unfortunately they don’t sell pumpkin spiced stuff here in Finland. That’s why I need to make my own pumpkin treats and I’m definitely trying this toffee 😀

  2. Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist says

    HEATH BAR! Why have I not thought of this in like a year! Heath bar crunch ice cream was all I ate in college (well, all I wanted to eat anyway). This pumpkin toffee bark looks amazing and I agree that it is the perfect solution to not eating Halloween candy (It’s one of those solutions that you shouldn’t think too hard about and just go with it…haha). I’m busy working my way though all of the amazing pumpkin recipes. Everyone did such an amazing job from savory, to sweet, to the amazing drinks. I’m happy Sara brought us all together! Nice to meet you and your beautiful blog.

  3. Erika says

    Yum! I’ve been thinking about making some kind of holiday bark this year. This looks awesome! And now I have enough pumpkin spice recipes to last me for the next ten years… ha ha!

  4. Bella Hardy says

    Gorgeous pictures. I made these dark chocolate pumpkin seed toffee barks for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favorite. I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing, Susannah!

  5. Julia Stearns says

    These dark chocolate pumpkin seed toffee bark are stunning. I’m not a talented baker, but I would love to give these a try!

  6. Rosamonde Simone @ KetoBotyToneAvis says

    My kids love chocolates, and I am going to make your recipe dark-chocolate-pumpkin-seed-toffee-bark for them. Thank you

  7. Beks says

    I love everything about this bark! Im a huge dark chocolate lover and I can see myself eating a piece of this for an afternoon dessert everyday!

  8. Lori says

    OMG, I cannot stop drooling over this! I love that this is like the best version of trail mix (all those lovely toppings) on dark chocolate. You are a lady after my own soul.

  9. Mona J Yoder says

    I wanted to thank you for this great blog! I really enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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