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Valentine’s Bark

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Valentine’s Bark is a colorful and sweet candy bark that is loaded with love in every bite. An easy no-Bake valentine treat. 

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What could possibly say I love you more than this sweet treat of Valentine’s Day Bark.

Valentine’s Bark

This is going to be my new go to treat for all holidays.  It is so super easy to make, with the right color chocolate and the right toppings you have the most festive delicious treat. 

I must admit I adore this.  My boys will be thrilled on Valentine’s Day when they receive their special piece of Valentine’s Bark.  These are the things that make memories that last a lifetime.   

This is super easy to make and definitely something you can have your kids help with.

valentines bark

Can You Use The Instant Pot As A Double Boiler

Yes! I share how to easily use your instant pot as a double boiler. I have started using this method for all my melting chocolate recipes and love it. 

It is able to be moved around to where you need it on the counter, as long as there is a wall outlet close. Plus your chocolate doesn’t set back up as your dipping like the microwave route as the chocolate cools down. 

valentines bark

Candy Melts

I have used two different kinds of candy melts.  If you happen to use the Wilton candy melts the directions on the back are perfect.   If not I will tell you the perfect directions for melting your chocolate.

In a microwave-safe container, microwave candy melts at 50% power or the defrost setting on your microwave.  Melt for one minute to start. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave for additional 30 seconds at 50% power.  Remove and stir. Continue to do this in 30-second intervals until smooth and creamy. Remember less is better. You can help melt some pieces that are still not fully melted by stirring with a spoon.  You do not want to over microwave your chocolate.

Can I Use Chips Instead of Candy Melts

Yes, you can use chocolate chips or chocolate bars to melt down and use for this Valentine bark. 

The one thing to keep in mind is this chocolate will take longer to set up. Or you can add a teaspoon of shortening to chocolate as it melts. Stir well and then it will help the chocolate set up faster. 

valentines bark

When To Serve Valentine Bark

  • Dinner dessert
  • After school treat 
  • School party 
  • Playdate snack 
  • A gift to a loved one 

There is never a wrong time to make this. I love the sweet and creamy flavors of this bark recipe. 

Variation to Valentine’s Day Bark

  • Candy Toppings | Look for red or pink snacks to sprinkle on top. Red hots, jelly beans, candies, etc. 
  • Nuts | Add in some nuts for a nice crunch factor, or crumble on cookies. 
  • Fruit | Dried fruit like cranberries or cherries could be a fun red topping to add in. 

Truly the toppings for this bark are endless. Have fun or go simple the choice is yours. 

How To Store Chocolate Bark

To store this chocolate bark you will want to first allow it to completely cool. Then you can place it in a sealable bag or an airtight container. 

Your bark will last up to two weeks. You can store it on the counter at room temperature or in the fridge. 

Does This Valentine Bark Freeze Well

Yes. You can take any bark you want to save and place it in a bag or container. Store for up to three months. 

Then when you want a snack, pull a few pieces from the container and allow them to thaw at room temperature. It takes around an hour. 

Or nibble on it once it has come out of the freezer as a frozen treat! 

Valentine’s Bark

Valentine's Bark

Instructions

    Pour your melted chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper.  Spread it out to about the thickness you would like your bark to be.  Quickly (before your chocolate starts to firm up) add your toppings to your chocolate.  This is where you will want the kids to join in the fun.

Notes

If you are not using your instant pot as a double boiler.. you can melt you chocolate:

In a microwave-safe container microwave candy melts at 50% power or the defrost setting on your microwave.  Melt for one minute to start. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave for additional 30 seconds at 50% power.  Remove and stir. Continue to do this in 30 second intervals until smooth and creamy. Remember less is better. You can help melt some pieces that are still not fully melted by stirring with a spoon.  You do not want to over microwave your chocolate.

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