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.

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Chocolate Mice Halloween Treat

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.

Chocolate–Peanut Butter Swiss Rolls
Credit: © 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.

Halloween Whoopie Pies

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

Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

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

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles Rolled in Spices
Credit: 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.

Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Bars

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

Coconut Chocolate Candy Bars
Credit: © 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.

Chocolate Cream Squares

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.

Dark-Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Seeds. Photo © John Kernick
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.
| Credit: © John Kernick

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

PHOTO © JOHN KERNICK PHOTO © JOHN KERNICK