At its core, Halloween is really all about one thing: chocolate. Sure, the costumes are fun and the Jack-O-Lanterns are impressive, but chocolate is the real reason for the season.

By F&W Editors
Updated June 13, 2017
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At its core, Halloween is really all about one thing: chocolate. Sure, the costumes are fun and the Jack-O-Lanterns are impressive, but chocolate is the real reason for the season. Here, nine of our best-ever chocolaty recipes to make this Halloween.

1. Chocolate Mice (above)
These icky-cute mice feature three kinds of chocolate: semisweet in the creamy, cakey center and white and bittersweet in the crisp chocolate shell.

2. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Fudgy cake, fluffy peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache coating combine to form the perfect sweet indulgence.

© Con Poulos

3. Halloween Whoopie Pies
These little cream-filled chocolate cakes are dressed in their Halloween finest with orange sashes made by rolling the creamy edges in bright orange nonpareils.

4. Chocolate Cornflake Clusters
Crazy-chocolaty and super-crispy, these clusters are seriously addictive.

5. Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles Rolled in Spices
These bittersweet truffles are coated with a variety of flavorings, including blends of Chinese and Mexican spices.

Hans Gissinger

If you are a chocolate person, you definitely will want to make these bittersweet truffles. They are coated with a blend of Chinese and Mexican spices, which make them unlike any truffles you've ever had. This recipe calls for cardamom, allspice, chipotle powder and five-spice powder. Talk about flavor!

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6. Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Bars
These salty-sweet dessert bars get a double hit of chocolate from chocolate chips and sprinkles.

7. Coconut Chocolate Candy Bars
DIY candy bars are easier to make than you might think.

© Matt Armendariz

8. Chocolate Cream Squares
This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze.

9. Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds
A small piece of this super-chunky dark-chocolate bark staves off the most intense of chocolate cravings.

This rich, dark chocolate bark is just what you need when you have a craving. "I'm more addicted to chocolate than I am to sugar," says chocolatier Jacques Torres. A small piece of this super-chunky dark-chocolate bark staves off his intense cravings. Plus, it takes only thirty minutes to make.
John Kernick

Ready in just 30 minutes, this addictive dessert can easily be made ahead of time.

PHOTO © JOHN KERNICK PHOTO © JOHN KERNICK