Chocolate Love Bark

Valentines Day and I have never been friends. It actually makes me a little bit sick in my mouth.

But…we all have to at least nod to it. So here’s something for you to make…Love Bark. No – it’s nothing to do with dogs – ugh. But it is everything to do with chocolate! And chocolate is the food of love no?

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Here’s what you need:

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  • Chocolate Bars 200g – dark, milk – whatever floats your Valentines boat.
  • Coloured/flavoured chocolate buttons – 2 packets. I used strawberry flavour as it’s pink and lovey-dovey….
  • A variety of sprinkles – but make sure there are some hearts in there!
  • Smarties – I happened to have an all pink packet – but any will do.
  • Marshmallows – mini ones

So let’s get down to business.

Line a baking tray (make sure it fits into your fridge!) with parchment paper.

Break up the chocolate bars into a bowl, place the bowl over a pan gently boiling water making sure the water does not touch the bowl. Slowly melt the chocolate until it is a smooth consistency.

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Pour the melted chocolate onto the tray lined with parchment.

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Spread the chocolate until around 5m thick throughout.

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Put the tray into your fridge so the chocolate cools and hardens.

Once the chocolate in the fridge is hard (allow 20 mins) – repeat the process of melting chocolate with the coloured chocolate buttons.

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Remove the tray with the hardened chocolate from the fridge and pour the coloured chocolate on top. Spread evenly to a similar thickness.

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Get sprinkling. I did mine one type at a time to get a layered effect. But you can freestyle if you like. Even better (though messier and invariably less stylish in terms of outcome) – get your kids involved!

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If you have any left over dark chocolate drizzle it in thin lines over the finished bark that’s ready to go back in the fridge.

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Refrigerate until cold and solid (20-30 mins).

Remove from the fridge and break it up into uneven pieces. This is not meant to be Godiva. This stuff is home-made with love – for love.

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Stack and serve. Comfort eat your way through this festival with me….

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