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Valentine Chocolate Bark Recipe

Easy 3-Layer Chocolate Bark Recipe for #ValentinesDay! via ASpicyPerspective.com #ediblegifts #chocolatebarkThis easy Valentine 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?

Chocolate Bark Recipe for #ValentinesDay! via ASpicyPerspective.com #ediblegifts #chocolatebark

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.

3-Layer Chocolate Bark Recipe for #ValentinesDay! via ASpicyPerspective.com #ediblegifts #chocolatebark

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.

Easy Chocolate Bark Recipe for #ValentinesDay! via ASpicyPerspective.com #ediblegifts #chocolatebark

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 Valentine 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.

Valentine Chocolate Bark Recipe

Yield: 15 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes



  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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

More Valentine Treat Ideas:

Red Velvet Cookie Pops

Fresh Strawberry Bars

Cherry Cordial Cupcakes ~ Lemon Sugar

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60 Responses to “Valentine Chocolate Bark Recipe”

  1. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted February 4, 2013 at 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!


  2. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted February 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

    This has it all, salty and sweet! LOVE!


  3. Cassieposted February 4, 2013 at 8:06 am

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


  4. Jenny Flakeposted February 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Too cute Sommer!! Love love love it!


  5. Marian (Sweetopia)posted February 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

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


  6. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted February 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

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


  7. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted February 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

    This is so gorgeous! Love the red!!


  8. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 4, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I love the idea of Valentine Bark!


  9. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Great gift for V day! It looks amazing!


  10. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted February 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Cashews, cherries, and chocolate, yes please!


  11. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted February 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

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


  12. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 4, 2013 at 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.


  13. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted February 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

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


  14. katieposted February 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

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


  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted February 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Perfect for Valentine’s Day!


  16. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted February 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Cutest. EVER.

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


  17. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted February 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

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


  18. naomiposted February 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

    So festive and cute!


  19. a farmer in the dellposted February 4, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I love these! The perfect valentines day treat!


  20. Gabyposted February 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

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


  21. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungryposted February 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

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


  22. marlaposted February 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

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


  23. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted February 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Such pretty bark, Sommer!


  24. Russell van Kraayenburgposted February 4, 2013 at 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!


  25. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted February 4, 2013 at 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


  26. Paula - bell'alimentoposted February 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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


  27. Angieposted February 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    How pretty is this!


  28. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted February 4, 2013 at 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.


  29. RavieNomNomsposted February 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    That is some gorgeous looking bark, delicious!


  30. Lizposted February 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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


  31. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted February 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm



  32. Lorettaposted February 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

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


  33. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted February 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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


  34. JanetFCTCposted February 4, 2013 at 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


  35. Karen @ The Food Charlatanposted February 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

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


  36. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted February 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    All kinds of dying right now.


  37. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted February 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Beautiful! Love the pops of red.


  38. ashley - baker by natureposted February 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Just stunning, Sommer!


  39. steph@stephsbitebybiteposted February 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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


  40. Mariaposted February 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    So festive and fun!


  41. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted February 5, 2013 at 7:10 am

    looks like the perfect Vallentnes day gift idea


  42. Carolynposted February 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

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


  43. Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted February 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

    This bark is gorgeous!


  44. Amy Tongposted February 5, 2013 at 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!


  45. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

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


  46. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted February 6, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Chocolate is the best way to celebrate!


  47. Cookin Canuckposted February 6, 2013 at 7:48 am

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


  48. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted February 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

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


  49. Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooksposted February 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Beautiful bark! My kids would love it :)


  50. jenposted February 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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


  51. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted February 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This is so fun and festive!


  52. Megan Pence @ Wanna be a Country Cleaverposted February 6, 2013 at 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 :)


  53. Vaniaposted February 7, 2013 at 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.


  54. Jeremyposted February 7, 2013 at 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. :)


  55. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted February 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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


  56. Shainaposted February 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Such a great idea, Sommer!


  57. Coco in the Kitchenposted January 29, 2014 at 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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  59. angela@spinachtigerposted February 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

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


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