Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Bark... and Another One Bites the Dust

It's one of the first lessons you learn in Elementary school, yet somehow life has a way of continuing to constantly remind you: Things don't always work out the way you want them to. Fact of life. Truth universally acknowledged.

It's never for lack of trying and it certainly isn't for lack of optimism (read: idealism). It just happens sometimes despite all our best efforts... You burn something to the bottom of the pan that doesn't come out for a week... You forget to add an ingredient and it ruins the whole batch... Something outside of the kitchen that affects your whole life happens or doesn't happen to make you question everything.

No matter how devastating (or minor), you can't let life get you down. All you have to do is roll with the punches, and when you get knocked down... get back up again. Cue old bad 90s song ;-)

This Halloween, a hurricane whipped through the northeast affecting others much more seriously than it affected me – I stayed home in my pjs for a day, calling in to conference calls and communicating with co-workers via Skype... Despite the extra time, I put off my Halloween baking thinking it would just work out in the end.

Halloween night suddenly arrived and I put my brilliant idea into action. And...

My attempt at Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Bark didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to. The Hershey pumpkin spice kisses melted really awkwardly in my microwave and resisted all attempts of salvation. The Wilton candy melts that I planned to melt into beautiful decorative spider webs and the words "Happy Halloween" responded just as awkwardly to the microwave's melting methods. Rather than melt into a silky consistency, it just sort of globbed into really hot somewhat moldable clay.

However, as Halloween is still my favorite holiday of the year, I refused to let a little thing like melt-resistant chocolate affect my day! I made light of the error, squashed the weird clay-like candy melts on top of the gross orange goo and drew some details on with edible marker (one of those decorative pens that is safe to eat when it's been drawn on food).

Happy Baking and more importantly, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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