Valentine Chocolate Bark

This easy Chocolate Bark Recipe makes wonderful edible gifts for Valentines Day. Who wouldn’t love three layers of chocolate sprinkled with cashews, cherries and a little love?

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When I was a little girl, I used to wake up on Valentines Day morning with the same feeling I had Christmas morning.

Love was in the air.

I would tiptoe downstairs to a glittery Valentine from mom and dad, along with a little toy or trinket, and a special breakfast.

Then as I set off to school, I was dizzy with anticipation for a lovey-dovey day filled with candy hearts and paper doilies.

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It was as if everyone I saw had pulsing red hearts emanating from them. Even the mean kids at school seemed a little sweeter.

I would imagine that all the kind acts and confessions of love had cured the world of cruelty, if just for a day.

Valentines Day was magical.

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Sadly, some of that childhood holiday magic has worn off,  but I still try to make Valentines Day special for my family and friends in some small (usually edible) way.

This Chocolate Bark Recipe is so easy to make, it’s perfect to whip up on Valentine’s Eve to surprise your little love-bugs, waking up with hearts in their eyes.

It also makes a fun edible gift to lighten the hearts of your coworkers and friends.

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Yield: 15 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Chocolate Bark Recipe for Valentines Day

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. red candy melts
  • 1 cup pink candy melts
  • 1 tsp. strawberry or cherry extract
  • 12 oz. good chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup whole salted cashews
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • Valentine sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Lay out a large piece of parchment paper or foil. Place the red candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, reserving 1/3 cup of red candy melts for later.
  2. Microwave the candy melts for 1 minute. Stir and repeat. Stir thoroughly, until the candy melts are smooth. If needed, microwave for another 30-60 seconds.
  3. Pour the candy melts out onto the parchment paper and spread into an even layer approximately .2 inches thick. Cool completely to harden. (To speed up hardening, I put the parchment paper on a baking sheet and pop it in the fridge for 1-2 minutes while I'm preparing the next layer.)
  4. Next mix the strawberry extract with the pink candy melts and repeat the microwave melting process. The extract will alter the consistency of the pink mixture--it will melt but not pour. Using a spatula, spread the thicker pink mixture evenly over the top of the hardened red layer. Cool to harden.
  5. Repeat the melting process with the chocolate. Pour over the hardened pink layer and spread evenly. Before it dries, quickly sprinkle cashews, dried cherries and Valentine sprinkles over the top. Cool to harden.
  6. Take the reserved red candy melts and melts them in the microwave. Pour them in a small zip bag and snip off a tiny portion of one corner. Squeeze the bag to drizzle the red over the top of the bark. Cool completely to harden. Once hard, cut into pieces.

More Valentine Treat Ideas:

Red Velvet Cookie Pops

Fresh Strawberry Bars

Cherry Cordial Cupcakes ~ Lemon Sugar

Frozen Strawberry Squares ~ She Wears Many Hats

 

 

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60 Responses to “Valentine Chocolate Bark”

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 4, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Such a pretty bark, Sommer! Little Buddy and I made bark this weekend but it definitely wasn’t as gorgeous as yours!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 4, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    This has it all, salty and sweet! LOVE!

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    Cassie — February 4, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    This is a perfect mix for Valentine’s day. I love the cashews!

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    Jenny Flake — February 4, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Too cute Sommer!! Love love love it!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — February 4, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I love it! Perfect for Valentine’s day – I’m putting it on my list to make!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 4, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Ooh, cherries and cashews–YES! This is almost too pretty to eat. :)

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — February 4, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    This is so gorgeous! Love the red!!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 4, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    I love the idea of Valentine Bark!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — February 4, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Great gift for V day! It looks amazing!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 4, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Cashews, cherries, and chocolate, yes please!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 4, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Oh my goodness these look soooooo tasty! Love the cherry-cashew combination!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 4, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    edible valentine’s day gifts are the best :) :) this is perfect to wrap up and give to someone special! i love the cherry & cashews you threw on there.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 4, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Sommer this is so beautiful! I love the cashews studded throughout.

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    katie — February 4, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    This chocolate bark looks fabulous! The perfect homemade gift for any valentine this season!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 4, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — February 4, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Cutest. EVER.

    Now THIS is some Valentine’s chocolate I can get excited about!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 4, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Cute! I need me some chocolate bark. Wait, no I don’t… But it looks good!

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    naomi — February 4, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    So festive and cute!

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    a farmer in the dell — February 4, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    I love these! The perfect valentines day treat!

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    Gaby — February 4, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    obsessed with bark – such a good call to make a festive one for V-Day!

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    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 4, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I would love to get a piece or two of this bark over plain old chocolate any day!

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    marla — February 4, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Sommer ~ this is such a pretty & GREAT idea for V-Day gifts :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 4, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Such pretty bark, Sommer!

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    Russell van Kraayenburg — February 4, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Too cute! I’m so glad I’m not the only one getting excited about chocolate and candy for valentine’s day!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — February 4, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    So pretty, Sommer! Plus, it is such an easy recipe to whip up. You make simple candy melts and chocolate bark look so beautiful! xo

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    Paula - bell'alimento — February 4, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I am so happy to see all these Valentine’s recipes!

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    Angie — February 4, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    How pretty is this!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 4, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    I am really looking forward to Valentine’s this year. I’m keeping all my gifts hand made with love, and this would be just perfect in pretty little boxes.

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    RavieNomNoms — February 4, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    That is some gorgeous looking bark, delicious!

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    Liz — February 4, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    Love the combination of everything with the chocolate! Definitely pinning and trying later! Thanks Sommer :)

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — February 4, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    Loretta — February 4, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    I had forgotten how much I looked forward to Valentines day when I was younger! Such beautiful bark…

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 4, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    So pretty! Such a fun treat to whip up for friends or family.

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    JanetFCTC — February 4, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Oh, my husband would love this. He could eat anything with cashews until it was coming out of his ears. Definitely bookmarked for a treat for him

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — February 4, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Mmmmm. Cashews make everything better. Looks good, I’ll have to try it!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 4, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    All kinds of dying right now.

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — February 4, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    Beautiful! Love the pops of red.

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    ashley - baker by nature — February 4, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    Just stunning, Sommer!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — February 4, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I would totally be your Valentine if you gave me these :)

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    Maria — February 4, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    So festive and fun!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 5, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    looks like the perfect Vallentnes day gift idea

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    Carolyn — February 5, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    This is lovely and it would be so delicious with the cherries and cashews in it!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 5, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    This bark is gorgeous!

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    Amy Tong — February 5, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    This is totally beautiful and perfect for the V-day. I know….seems like I make most holiday special in edible way these days too. hahaha….And I think that’s perfect too.

    I love the way you decorate these chocolate barks on top. So pretty!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 5, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    Very, very fun. I love the layers of deep color. With cashews…yum!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 6, 2013 @ 2:08 am

    Chocolate is the best way to celebrate!

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    Cookin Canuck — February 6, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    Absolutely adorable, Sommer! What a lucky family you have!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 6, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    How wrong is it that I want to make this for myself and not for the boyfriend?

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    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — February 6, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Beautiful bark! My kids would love it :)

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    jen — February 6, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    There was indeed something magical about Valentine’s Day as a child!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 6, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    This is so fun and festive!

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    Megan Pence @ Wanna be a Country Cleaver — February 6, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    Making bark has been on my list to make for AGES – I got all the stuff to make some and ship to my dad who’s down in Australia for the next few months. He will be so surprised! Thanks for the kick I needed Sommer :)

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    Vania — February 7, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Many thanks for the recipe, my kids are chocolate lover. They would love to eat my homemade chocolate bark with this recipe.

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    Jeremy — February 7, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    I like the comparison with Christmas as well as the description of your childhood memories. And, of course, the chocolate bark looks really delicious. It actually reminded me of the gift I’m gonna give to my girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. I’ve made a private booking for one of the courses organized by Zac’s cooking school here in Vancouver – cooking classes for couples and your recipe will most certainly be among the first ones we’ll try together. So it fits in perfectly with my romantic plans. :)

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — February 7, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    This looks so delicious and like the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to give or get!

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    Shaina — February 21, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Such a great idea, Sommer!

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    Coco in the Kitchen — January 29, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    Sommer, I love chocolate w cherries.
    The colours are so pretty and I love that you cut them into triangles!
    Gonna get some candy melts today!

    BTW My foodie giveaway is open til this Sat (Feb 1st). All you have to do is leave a comment on my recent salmon post or Like my FB page.
    The flavours in the gift box are not avail in the US yet. So this is a real steal!
    Good luck! xo

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    angela@spinachtiger — February 3, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    This is just one more reason I love Valentine’s day! So gorgeous.

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