valentine's chocolate bark4:05:00 PM
I've got a great little treat for you today!
It must be a sign of growing up when you start to prefer giving gifts over getting them (adulting!). And yes, Valentine's day is kind of stupid, but even just a little something can lift someone's day, and I love any excuse to celebrate.
Of course, no one really needs more crap, so one of my favorite gifts to give is something edible (or drinkable, hint hint). This chocolate bark is extremely easy to make, totally customizable, and pretty cheap, too. Keep reading for the how-to!
Next, pick your 'toppings'. This is the place to go wild: m&m's, dried fruit, orange peel, nuts, sprinkles (those are more for looks than taste) - experiment! If your boss is a self-confessed Snickers bar fanatic, cut one up and throw it on. If you have a friend who is trying to be healthier, make a mix of dark chocolate, goji berries, and raw almonds... the possibilities are endless!
Once you've got your chocolate and toppings chosen, melt your chocolate using a bain marie - DON'T MELT IT IN THE MICROWAVE! Chocolate is very temperamental and can easily burn or become unstable (it turns into disgusting chewy lumps), so melt it with ease.
While it's melting down, lay out a pan with a sheet of parchment paper on top.
Once the chocolate is a smooth liquid, spoon big sections over your parchment paper. I made several different ones with different flavors, but you can also make one big chocolate pool. No need for perfection, we're going to chop it all up later.
- Crystallized ginger and orange peel
- Dried cherries and pistachios
- Peanut butter M&Ms
- Freeze-dried strawberries (and sprinkles, which I added later)
Also, I totally imagined I was Juliette Binoche in the movie Chocolat as I making these! Just waiting on Johnny Depp now...
Have a great Monday ☺