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?
Here’s what you need:
- 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.
Pour the melted chocolate onto the tray lined with parchment.
Spread the chocolate until around 5m thick throughout.
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.
Remove the tray with the hardened chocolate from the fridge and pour the coloured chocolate on top. Spread evenly to a similar thickness.
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!
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.
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.
Stack and serve. Comfort eat your way through this festival with me….