Noreen's Kitchen: Sweets for your Sweetheart! Cupid's Valentine Bark Recipe!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sweets for your Sweetheart! Cupid's Valentine Bark Recipe!




One last fun Valentine treat idea before tomorrow!  Here is some delicious and simple, Cupid's Valentine bark! You can throw this together tonight and have it read to enjoy, serve or share tomorrow!  If you are able to take homemade treats this would be a great idea for a class party or even a church event.  Sweet and stunning, this bark is delicious and super pretty!  Perfect for your Valentine or sweetheart and kids will love getting in the kitchen with you to help make this super simple treat!



Just like any other "bark" this one starts with white chocolate chips.  I have also used candy melts in red and pink.  Get those melted in the microwave on thirty second bursts, stirring after each until you have smooth and creamy melty goodness!   I like to add about a tablespoon of coconut oil when I use baking chips to help encourage the melting process and help it to be nice and smooth.  Sometimes those baking chips can have emulsifiers and additives that preclude proper melting, but a bit of coconut oil, or if you don't have that, some shortening will work as well.  



Prepare a baking sheet.  I like to use non stick foil then spray that with some cooking oil spray.  I prefer coconut oil spray but whatever you have will work great.  Pour the white chocolate onto the sheet and spread evenly, but not too thin.  You don't have to worry about covering the whole pan.  Just make a nice even layer.  Then take the two colored chocolates and drizzle how ever you like.  Let your inner Jackson Pollak out and see what happens.  Then I took a coffee stir stick and ran it through up and down then back and forth.  Just to give it that pretty, draggy look that you see in professional candies.  Make it look nice and swirly.  But don't swirl too much or you will end up with a muddy mess.

Now for the fun part!  I found some pretty little pink, heart shaped marshmallows that I tossed on the melted chocolate.  Then I added some pretty candy sixlet pearls in pink, blue, white and black.   Toss those into the chocolate with some force to embed them in the chocolate so they will set in there and not fall off when you break this up.  Then I sprinkled a generous amount of red and white sugar and red, pink and white pearl nonparels, along with some little candy "x's and o's".  Such a fun and festive look!  I popped this pan in the fridge for about an hour to set.

Breaking up the bark is easy, but since we have added the pretty marshmallows, I want to be careful to have full pieces  that don't pull those apart.  Break this up the best you can for pretty shards of deliciousness!  I packaged mine up in some pretty paper boats then wrapped them in cello bags.  I got those kits at the big box store I also put a few pieces in cupcake papers for fun.  This would be a great idea for serving at a party or at a school or church function.  



I hope you give this Cupid's Valentine bark a try and I hope you love it!

Happy Eating and Happy Valentines Day!

You can see how I made this in my YouTube video here:



A Printable version of this recipe is available on my website:  

Noreen's Kitchen
Cupid’s Valentine Bark

Ingredients

4 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup red candy melts
1 cup pink candy melts

Colorful mini marshmallows (heart shaped)
Assorted sprinkles
Coated chocolate candies/pearls

Step by Step Instructions

Place the white chocolate chips in a large, microwave safe bowl.  Heat in the microwave on high in 30 second bursts, stirring after each until the chocolate is smooth, creamy and free from lumps.

Melt the candy melts in microwave safe containers, I put mine in pint mason jars.  Melt on 30 second bursts, stirring after each until the candy is smooth, creamy and free from lumps.

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with foil (I like the non stick type) and spraying it well with cooking oil spray.

Pour the white chocolate onto the baking sheet and spread out in an even layer.  Don’t worry too much about covering the entire surface of the pan, that may be too thin. 

When the white chocolate is spread, take the colored candy melts and drizzle haphazardly over the white chocolate.  Let your inner Jackson Pollak out to play.  Just drizzle away with one color then move on to the next. 

When you have done drizzling, take a skewer, a coffee stirrer or a butter knife and drag it gently through the chocolate in one direction up and down then the other.  So the swirls become pulled and beautiful.  Be sure not to swirl too much because that will muddy the colors.

Now you can top your bark with marshmallows, sprinkles and chocolate coated candies to your heart’s content. 

When you are done decorating, place the sheet pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour to allow the bark to set completely.

When the bark is set, break into beautiful shards and package in pretty bags to give away to your sweethearts!



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