Chocolate bark is a super easy treats that often gets forgotten, but not this time! This Valentine’s Day chocolate bark is sooo easy to make and really delicious! Whether you are into the sweet and lovey part of Valentine's Day or not, I think we can all get behind a sweet treat like this!
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You’ve got to go make this DIY chocolate bark now!
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how simple and adaptable it really is. This Valentine's Day chocolate bark is the perfect recipe for getting your kids involved in the kitchen.
No need to be neat and precise when making this recipe. Rather, it’s about beautiful imperfection and making something that you like the look of...it will taste good no matter what!
It's great for a crowd since it can be made so quickly and with very few ingredients. Additionally, it can be made super allergy friendly. You can make vegan chocolate bark following the same method as well.
Just use dairy free or vegan chocolate chips. Then customize the toppings based on the dietary needs of your guests. You can easily find nut free, dairy free and gluten free toppings at local grocery stores.
A few notes on the ingredients:
- Chocolate Chips: I like to to use semi-sweet chocolate chips here, but you can easily substitute for dark chocolate, especially if you are going to be using super sweet toppings.
- Toppings: You can get really creative with toppings. I suggest looking through your pantry and seeing what fun toppings you have that are red, pink or white and running with it!
How to make chocolate bark for Valentine's Day
Making chocolate bark for Valentine's Day is as easy as gathering up your mix-ins and melting your chocolate chips in the oven for a few minutes. Then let creativity take center stage.
First, you’ll want to preheat your oven and chop/assemble your toppings.
Next, put the baking pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes. You just want the chips to melt enough that you can spread the now melted chocolate easily.
Once melty, take out of the oven and with the back of a spoon or an offset spatula, gently spread the chocolate into one even layer. This becomes the base of your bark.
While the chocolate is still melty, sprinkle your toppings over the chocolate, pressing down only enough that things stick, not so that they are submerged.
Let the chocolate cool. I like to do this in the fridge (or even outside if you live in a cold climate). You want the chocolate to harden well for the next step.
Once hardened, break into pieces (whatever size you like) and enjoy! Store in the fridge for up to a week (if it lasts that long).
I think anything red, white or pink works perfectly for Valentine's Day! Think candy hearts, M&M's (red, white or pink), sprinkles, marshmallows, holiday Oreo's etc. If you want to get really creative, try crushed Flaming Hot Cheetos, Terra Chips or Red Hots!
Yes, it absolutely is. You can substitute ingredients easily to make this recipe gluten free, dairy free and nut free. It's simple to make vegan and parve as well. Just another reason to love this recipe so much!
No, this recipe will work without going through the steps to temper the chocolate. However, if you are comfortable doing so, tempering the chocolate will lead to a shinier surface on the chocolate and a bit more of a snap when you break it. You will have to switch to a bar of chocolate that you chop instead of using chocolate chips as the base (I like to keep things simple, so rarely do this).
Check out this post from Handle the Heat on how to best temper chocolate.
How to Store Chocolate Bark
Chocolate likes to be chilled. If you want to keep this chocolate bark fresh past Valentine's Day, simply pack it into an airtight container in layers separated by parchment paper or wax paper. Then pop it into the fridge for up to a week or into the freezer for up to 2 months.
One more simple tip
- Since this chocolate bark is so easy to put together you could make it a DIY station at a school Valentines day party, a weekend project with the kiddos, or even as an after dinner treat with your special someone. Give each person a small piece of parchment paper and let them spread and top their own chocolate bark.
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simple valentine's day chocolate bark
- off set spatula
- 1 bag chocolate chips
- ½ cup broken oreos
- ½ cup m&ms
- 2-3 tablespoons sprinkles
- ¼ cup white chocolate melted and dyed pink
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Let cool a bit and then drizzle the melted white chocolate over the top. Then cool completely until hardened before breaking into pieces.
- You can easily use any toppings you want. 3 is a good number and I would use about ½ cup of each one.
- Don't have white chocolate in the house? You can easily use melted canned frosting with a little food coloring to drizzle over the top.
- Store the chocolate bark in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week (if it lasts that long).
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