Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Let’s celebrate with this fun and Easy Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark Recipe. When you have a party to go to or want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an easy recipe, this is for you!
I’ve made a lot of bark desserts over the years. However, my grandkids asked me if we could add different ingredients to the bark. I decided to update this post with some new and fun options. Hope you enjoy making it for your family and friends!
I thought “That is such a great idea.” We can add sprinkles, white chocolate candy pearls, and whatever sweet add-ons we can find!
How to Make Easy Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark Recipe
You may be afraid this chocolate bark is hard to make. It’s not! It’s as easy as melting chocolate chips in the microwave. From there, you’ll follow the steps to making fun Valentine’s Day Bark. You can hand the final product out to neighbors and friends.
I think this bark is fun because it’s so different! Plus, it’s something you can do with the kids or grandkids. It’s not expensive and it’s a hands-on recipe that everyone will enjoy making and eating. Keep reading to discover the steps to make this easy Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark recipe.
Kitchen Tools Needed
Ingredients – Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark
- Milk Chocolate Chips: Chocolate chips add a sweet taste and texture to the cookies.
- Red Sprinkles: Red little bits of chocolate-flavored candies, typically made with white chocolate and they don’t melt. Such a fun addition to the chocolate bark!
- Pink Sprinkles: Pink little bits of chocolate-flavored candies, typically made with white chocolate and they also don’t melt. Adds a fun flare to the chocolate bark that people love!
- Pink Chocolate Candy Pearls: A beautiful pink decorative round chocolate ball made with high-quality chocolate with a pink coating that adds a visually appealing Valentine’s look to the chocolate bark.
- White Chocolate Candy Pearls: A white decorative round chocolate ball made with high-quality chocolate with a white coating that adds a visually appealing element to the chocolate bark.
- Hershey’s Kisses (chopped fine, I used Peppermint Ones): A popular and delicious small piece of chocolate candy shaped like a teardrop with a flat bottom. Each piece is individually wrapped with foil. Made with sugar, chocolate, milk, soy lecithin, cocoa butter, lactose, milk fat, and artificial flavor.
Easy Chocolate Bark Recipe
Step One: Place Chocolate Chips in a Bowl
Start by placing your chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
Step Two: Melt Chocolate Chips – Line Baking Sheet – Pour Melted Chocolate
Microwave in 30-second intervals, and stir constantly until they are totally melted. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper and pour the melted chocolate onto the paper.
Step Three: Smooth Out the Melted Chocolate – Sprinkle w/ Sprinkles
Using a large silicone or offset spatula, smooth out the melted chocolate in an even layer. Sprinkle evenly with your chosen sprinkles.
Step Four: Add Candy to Decorate the Bark
Add chocolate candy balls. Add chopped Hershey Kisses. You are layering different colors of sprinkles and chopped kisses to make it festive.
Step Five: Freeze for 1 Hour – Break into Pieces
Here you can see all the different sprinkles and balls before you freeze it. Freeze for one hour, and break into pieces.
Different Variations of Easy Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark
This recipe is great for Valentine’s Day, but can you make a variety of this bark dessert for different occasions? YES! Anything can be added to this chocolate bark. You can even keep it plain if you want, but it won’t look as festive for the chosen holiday.
You can choose to make many variations with this bark, you have to use your creativity. Kids will LOVE making this with you!
Easy Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark Recipe
- 1-12 ounce Milk Chocolate Chips
- Red Sprinkles
- Pink Sprinkles
- Pink Chocolate Candy Balls
- White Chocolate Candy Balls
- Hershey's Kisses (chopped fine, I used Peppermint Ones)
Start by placing your chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring constantly until melted. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and pour melted chocolate out on to the paper.
Smooth melted chocolate out in an even layer. Sprinkle evenly with your sprinkles.
Add chocolate candy balls. Add chopped Hershey Kisses. You are basically layering different colors of sprinkles and chopped kisses to make it festive.
Freeze for one hour, and break into pieces.
While the choclate bark is still cold, break it into whimsical shapes or use a knife to cut it.
How do you break up chocolate bark?
What if you can’t break up chocolate bark? Chocolate bark is easier to break up than you thought. Hold the chocolate with foil, so you don’t get your messy fingerprints on it.
From there, you can break it apart with your hands! Use a wooden spoon if the bark is too stubborn.
What is the best way to store chocolate bark?
I recommend storing any leftover chocolate bark in an airtight container. You are welcome to wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper. This will help keep each piece additionally fresh.
The bark will keep at room temperature for roughly 5-7 days. The bark should stay fresh for about 2-3 weeks if stored in the refrigerator.
Can chocolate bark be frozen?
Yes! This chocolate bark freezes well. I recommend wrapping each piece of bark in plastic wrap or parchment paper. I like to place the individually wrapped pieces in a gallon-size freezer back. If properly wrapped and stored in the freezer, the chocolate bark should be good for about 6 months.
What toppings can be used to decorate the chocolate bark?
What is fun about this recipe is how versatile it is. I made this recipe for Valentine’s Day, so I used red/pink sprinkles and white/pink chocolate pearls. If you’re interested in making this chocolate bark recipe with other decorations and flavors, here are some fun and delicious ideas.
- Finely chopped nuts – Almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, peanuts, cashews, or walnuts – add additional protein and a savory crunch!
- Drizzled with melted white or dark chocolate topped with sea salt
- Topped with finely ground hemp seeds
- Dried fruit – Cherries, goji berries, apricots, raisins, or dried cranberries – would be great options for a little added fiber!
- Drizzled with melted peanut butter or melted peanut butter cups
- Topped with shredded coconut
- To make peppermint bark – you can add a little peppermint oil to the melted chocolate. Yum!
Well, you probably know I love chocolate by now. This easy chocolate bark recipe can be made any time you want a piece or two of chocolate candy for a delicious treat. It also makes a great gift to give to friends and family!
Most of the ingredients you may have in your pantry, so let me know if you make this with family or friends using your creative touch, I’d love to hear your story. May God bless this world, Linda
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