Make this fun Hank the Octopus Bark for your next Finding Dory party! Fun and colorful party snack kids can help with.
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First off, let me tell you that I was first in line to see Finding Dory…. well maybe not because I do not deal with large crowds of kids. I went on a Monday and it was mostly to get out of the ridiculous heat or I would have gone later because I unfortunately am really bad at making time for myself. Can we talk about the fact that it was 112 degrees in LA that day? Thank goodness I don’t wear makeup or it would have been melting off. Seriously.
Okay, so Finding Dory. If I had gone at opening night, I would have pictured myself like Moses parting the red sea… of children. I’d be all like “Get out of my way. I need this in my life more than you do.” Because that is how I roll.
Now, I’m not going to give away the movie if you haven’t seen it yet (What is wrong with you?!?) but I will say that next to little baby Dory the breakout character for me was Hank the Octopus (septopus?). I mean, I love octopi (unless it’s like Sharktopus or something) anyway, so his character was a total bonus.
And keeping with my current love of chocolate bark, (Click here for some Dory Bark) I was inspired to make this Hank the Ocotpus Bark. He’s a little salty so I put some pretzels in it and kids will love adding the cute candy eyeballs.
Hank the Octopus Bark
Gallon Ziploc Bag
Microwave Safe Bowls
Start by smashing up your pretzels into small pieces. To do this, you can either break them by hand OR put them all in your gallon ziploc bag and throw it around a little bit. A little game of keep away or “Lets see how high I can throw this thing” would not go amiss as long as your bag is securely zipped tight.
Set your pretzels aside and melt your chocolate. With each bowl, start with 1 minute in the microwave. Stir it up then microwave in 15 second bursts until it is all melted.
Lay out your parchment paper and spread out your pretzel pieces into a layer. Mine has a line in the middle because I use Parchment paper sheets and that’s how it lays. This is fine though.
Splot your white and orange chocolate randomly on to the parchment paper.
With your spatula, mix everything together so you get a really cool swirly patter. Kids love doing this because they can see the swirls happen.
Add your candy eyeballs for a finishing touch then place in the refrigerator to set and cool for about 20-30 minutes depending on how thick your bark is.
Take it out and cut your bark up into pieces. You can either use a large kitchen knife or use your hands.
Eat your mostly sweet and a little bit salty treat!