Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Chocolate Bark

Valentine Chocolate Bark is a quick and easy sweet treat to make for your special Valentine this year.  This candy bark is full of sweet chocolate candies, salty pretzels and smoked almonds.

Every Valentine deserves a treat and this is a pretty perfect sweet for your sweetheart.  My Valentines (my hubby and kids) all love the combination of sweet and salty so I had to throw some salty pretzels and smoked salted almonds into this chocolate bark.  Of course I had to buy a bag of Valentine themed chocolate candies to make sure the bark was very festive for the holiday. 

This chocolate takes no time to make and is actually a fun activity to do with your kids.  You can use either method (double boiler or microwave) for melting the chocolate.  If you are doing this with kids, I suggest an adult help with the chocolate melting part, then just let the kid have fun decorating the bark.  

I made two large barks, but you can even let the kids make their own smaller bark so they can personalize it and decorate it just for themselves.  The hardest part is waiting for the bark to set in the fridge or freezer so you can break it and dig in.  

Wishing you all a very happy and cozy Valentine's Day!!

Valentine Chocolate Bark
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

24oz-36oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate (chips or baker's chocolate)
Valentine themed M&M candies
small pretzels (as needed)
smoked salted almonds  (as needed)

Step 1:  Melt chocolate either using the double boiler method or in the microwave.  To do the double boiler, set a glass heat proof bowl (like a Pyrex) over a pot of simmering water, but do not have the bowl touching the water level.  Stir until the chocolate melts ** careful not to get water or condensation in the chocolate which may cause chocolate to harden or seize.   To do the microwave method, place chocolate in a heat proof microwave safe bowl and heat on high in 30 second bursts.  Make sure to stir between each burst. When chocolate starts to get melted, only use 15 second bursts until fully melted. 

Step 2:  Then place parchment paper on cookie sheet.  Spray with a light coating of cooking spray  (this is an optional step).  Layer an even coating of chocolate and then top with candies, pretzels and almonds.  Make sure to press down on ingredients so they are securely in the chocolate.  Chill tray in fridge or freezer for 20 minutes.  Then take out and break into desired size pieces.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.  Enjoy.     

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