Saturday, October 29, 2011

Coconut Chocolate Halloween Squares



As I was whipping up the sweet sauce on Wednesday for a batch of home-made Donairs (which were followed by Donair pizzas the next night, yum!), I accidentally opened a can of 'sweetened condensed milk' instead of 'evaporated milk'.  Oops. Luckily, I noticed before I had added the garlic powder!


Ew, garlic powder and sweetened condensed milk? I just grossed myself out.


So I set aside the sweetened condensed milk, determined to find a use for it so that it didn't go to waste.  After dinner was done I searched around online and saw that there were a ton of super simple bar recipes that involved it.




I realized that many of the recipes involved simply pouring the sweetened condensed milk over a base or crust and then baking it all together. I took a quick inventory of my pantry, and these were born!  I am sure that there are very similar recipes out there, but I managed to create this as I went so I'm pretty proud of them.  I decided to dye the condensed milk with some orange gel food colouring for Halloween, and the colour came out great!


This makes enough to fill a 9 x 13" pan.  These are quite sweet, so you can get a lot of tasty little squares out of this recipe!




Coconut Chocolate Halloween Squares

  • 1 1/2 cups oreo crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • orange gel food colouring (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles 
  1. Spray a 9 x 13" pan with cooking spray and pre-heat the oven to 350 F
  2. Mix together the oreo crumbs and the melted butter. Press the oreo crumb base firmly into the prepared pan
  3. Sprinkle the coconut evenly over the oreo layer
  4. Add some orange food colouring to the condensed milk and mix well
  5. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the coconut, and carefully spread it out evenly
  6. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the edges are browned
  7. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack
  8. Once the pan has been removed from the oven, melt the chocolate chips by microwaving at 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth
  9. Pour the melted semi-sweet chocolate over the still-warm coconut layer, and spread evenly
  10. Place the white chocolate chips in a sandwich bag, and microwave at 30 second intervals, mixing the chocolate together in the bag between each interval
  11. When the white chocolate is melted, snip off a corner of the bag and drizzle it randomly all over the chocolate
  12. If you wish, you can drag a toothpick through the chocolate to give it more of a 'swirly' effect. (yes, that's a technical term. swirly)
  13. Sprinkle on your favourite Halloween sprinkles
  14. Let sit for 20 minutes, and then place in the refrigerator until chocolate has hardened
  15. Cut into squares, and Enjoy!

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