Sweetheart Swirl Bark (Video)

Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and lots of candy hearts.

Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and topped with lots of candy hearts! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Oh my goodness oh my goodness. So much for you on this fabulous Monday!!

Normally I’m not this hyper on a Monday, but I’m in St. Lucia on vacation so I’m hyper about everything right now. Especially Mondays.

Look what I made before I left! Is this festive or is this festive? I’m super excited for Valentine’s Day this year because (1) this pink chocolate bark and (2) I’ll be in San Diego for it… my first time there. Kevin’s coming too! We’ll be in San Diego for a Sally’s Candy Addiction book signing on February 16th. If you live in the area, I’d love to meet you. It’s a ticketed event that includes a cooking demo, chocolate tasting, and WINE (yes!). Click here for event and ticketing information. I’ll also going to be in San Francisco and LA area. Here are all of my book tour dates coming up, including Philadelphia this week!

Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and topped with lots of candy hearts! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s chat about this pink swirly twirly chocolate bark candy. First of all, it’s been way too long since I made a dessert with sprinkles. Wait. 1 month is too long without sprinkles, right? I’ll answer for you: yes, it’s an eternity. And you know what I haven’t used in my dessert recipes, like, ever? Candy hearts! Candy hearts aka conversation hearts are my guilty pleasure. But not because of their taste or anything like that. Because of the awkward sayings. Where do they think these up? Why do I want someone to fax me? Or my favorite: URA QT. Best candy ever.

Today’s chocolate bark came purely from my need to combine sprinkles and candy hearts. The pink swirls are a bonus. All we’re really doing is combining semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate. We’ll add some pink candy melts to the white chocolate to create that cotton candy pink shade. We’ll swirl it, we’ll top it, we’ll eat it with our sweethearts. And if your sweetheart is a bottle of wine, more power to ya.

Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and topped with lots of candy hearts! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’m no stranger to chocolate barks. I have at least 4 bark “recipes” in Sally’s Candy Addiction. I put the term recipes in quotes because bark is essentially just melted chocolate with stuff added. It’s the easiest candy you’ll ever make. AND it makes a ton! Not to mention… it’s pretty. That’s why I love making bark around the holidays, showers, parties, etc. (Btw how cute would today’s bark be for a baby shower? You could do it with blue candy melts too! Maybe leave off the candy hearts and add more sprinkles. Oh my gosh, your dessert would be adorable.)

The bottom layer of today’s bark is semi-sweet chocolate. Can I tell you something? I’m a bit of a chocolate bark snob. By this, I mean… you need to use really, really fantastic quality chocolate in your barks. All you’re eating is chocolate, so you might as well make it a quality kind, right? They taste the best! I personally love making chocolate bark with either Ghirardelli chocolate bars or Lindt chocolate bars. You can find both in the baking aisle. Trader Joe’s pound plus bars are great for it too. Whatever you do, don’t use chocolate chips. Because of their stabilizers, chocolate chips do not melt properly for this.

Swirled on top is that festive pink layer. The pink layer is made from 6 ounces of pure white chocolate and 2 ounces of pink candy melts– basically the same way we make mint chocolate swirl bark. As an alternative, you can use 8 ounces of white chocolate with a drop of red food coloring.

Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and topped with lots of candy hearts! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Swirling is really easy and I’m going to show you exactly how I do it in this video. After swirling, top the bark with a ridiculous amount of candy hearts with the best sayings in the bag. One candy heart I found in the bag just had a mustache on it. Not sure what that was about.

Then top it all with a waterfall of heart-shaped sprinkles. I got the heart shaped sprinkles from Target, but the others I used here are from Sweetapolita’s sprinkle shop on Etsy. Aka where I spend all my money.

Is this a Valentine’s Day explosion or what?

Hope to see many of you on this part of my book tour. 🙂

Sweetheart Swirl Bark

Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and lots of candy hearts.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces (170g) white chocolate, coarsely chopped1
  • 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) pink candy melts2
  • 8 ounces (226g) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped1
  • candy hearts and sprinkles for topping

Recommended Equipment

Directions:

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Melt the white chocolate and pink candy melts together. Use a double boiler or microwave. If using microwave, stir the chocolate every 20 seconds to help avoid seizing. Set aside.
  3. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread out into a large rectangle. Drizzle the white chocolate mixture on top in lines. See my video for a visual. Use a toothpick or knife to swirl the layers together. Decorate the top of the bark with candy hearts and sprinkles.
  4. Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature in a cool, dry environment. My swirled barks usually take around 45 minutes. If needed, you can stick it in the refrigerator to help speed things up. Once hardened, break into pieces as large or as small as you want.
  5. Make ahead tip: Store bark in an airtight container at room temperature in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 months and thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Do not use chocolate chips or morsels. Pure chocolate is best for easy melting and best taste. I like Ghirardelli, Baker's, Lindt, or Trader Joe's pound plus bars.
  2. Instead of pink candy melts, use 8 ounces of white chocolate and 1 drop of red food coloring.

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Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and topped with lots of candy hearts! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and topped with lots of candy hearts! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and topped with lots of candy hearts! Easy recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

43 comments

  1. I’m such a huge fan of bark. They’re just so fun to eat and so customizable! And I absolutely love the pink color of this bark and the conversation hearts! And of course, how can we resist the sprinkles! Can’t wait to meet you when you visit San Francisco!

    • I’d LOVE to meet you too Sally, you always just struck me as so real and sincere. But San Francisco’s not an option for me and I don’t think you’re coming to Buffalo! Sigh. Oh well. Maybe someday! Until then I get to enjoy this bark. I honestly think my favorite part is choosing what candy hearts to plop on top. They make so many silly sayings on those things now and I feel a little silly today, hehe. 

    • Can’t WAIT to meet Andrea! Finally!

  2. So cute, super sweet, and adorably festive…..what’s not to love! This looks so good, Sally!

  3. What a cute and easy valentines gift! The perfect recipe for my husband to make me… 😉

  4. I so much love Valentine’s Day swirly bark! In fact, I made some yesterday. But mine did not have the cute candy hearts on them. I love them so much though, because they’re adorable. This looks great!

  5. This bark is so festive. Conversation hearts remind me of my grandparents. They always had a little bowl of them out on the counter in their condo down in Florida when I was a kid. 🙂 

  6. Love this! This is another great V-day treat to give to others… or have ALL TO YOURSELF! 😉 I wouldn’t mind hiding away with most of this and stuffing my face! Looks so delish! 

  7. The swirls are so pretty!! I love how cute the bark looks too, especially with the addition of those sprinkles! I know how you feel about sprinkles…;) 

  8. Very pretty bark! So festive! Can’t wait to make it!

  9. This is SUCH a pretty and festive dessert! I made your peppermint bark recipe this past Christmas, so I have to make this version for Valentine’s Day too. Anything with pretty colours and sprinkles draws my attention 😉 

  10. Hi Sally! I love this recipe, it’s so creative! Also, I’m wondering when you’re coming back to Baltimore for a book signing?? 

    • Since I already had two signings in Baltimore, I don’t think I’ll be doing more! Though maybe sometime. I’ll be sure to keep my blog updated with any future signings!

  11. I cracked up at your commentary on the conversation heart sayings. So true! My girls were super excited about that mustache one when they found it in their bag. I just shook my head. Where do they come up with these things, indeed? LOL!

  12. Oh my goodness, is Kevin going to be at your San Fran stops? 😀

    Love this bark. Just made the strawberry pretzel bark from the book and it was even better than I’d expected! Counting the days until your book signing here!

  13. So, today we began our Valentine’s mini cupcakes for the holiday and the conversation hearts go on top of the minis. (www.SublimeCupcakes.com) I was reading the messages and some I don’t understand. For one, it says, “Tweet,” not “Tweet ME”. I found it a little strange.

    Another one said, “1 4 3,” which I needed to ask my 18 year old co-worker what this meant. Of course, she knew right away. Yesterday was my 26th birthday and after this whole day I realize I am officially old because I do not understand the teenage lingo. WAH! I’m going to go finish my Sunday crossword now. 🙂

  14. This is so cute and cheerful. Also, I can’t imagine how long it took you to edit that video — having to crop out your hand every time you placed a heart. It turned out amazing, though! 

    P.S. I’m diggin’ the pink shade of the swirl!

  15. I love how cute the conversation hearts are but have never been a fan of their flavor, lol. Adding chocolate would definitely make me more likely to eat them! They do have some pretty weird sayings, especially if you manage to find an off-brand bag. A mustache one?! Who let that one slip by to production? As always, I love all the sprinkles and the essence of fun your photos capture 🙂

  16. I adore the colors in this candy bark – they’re so bright and happy. I’m so excited for your book signing tour, and I can’t wait for you to come visit Boston. 🙂

  17. Oh my god, this is the cutest holiday bark I’ve ever, ever seen. EEP! Can’t wait to make it. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of conversation hearts but you are 100% right about the sayings. I have always wondered about the “Fax Me” one too – Is faxing romantic now? Am I missing something? 

  18. These are so so darling!!!

  19. Very attractive, cute and yummy barks. I will make some for my kid’s birthday next week.

  20. Ooh what a great idea for those little hearts! I only just ever EAT them! These are so pretty too! Enjoy your vaca..so jealous!

  21. Hi Sally,

    Very beautiful pics, so much of pink, I swoon over pink every time I see this color LOL.

    Just one question, as you recommended, can I use any Lindt chocolate bar (even the milk bar) or is there any specific bar you would recommend so that it holds it shape .

    Thanks

    Neha

    • Yes, any lindt chocolate bar as long as it is pure chocolate without any fillings, etc. And I recommend using a double boiler for melting! So much better than the microwave.

  22. Hi Sally, love the looks of this “recipe”! I was wondering, could you tell me why you didn’t temper the chocolate?

    • Tempering is obviously OK! I didn’t for this recipe because I know simply melting the chocolate is easier for my readers. 🙂

  23. Hi Sally, 
    I discovered your blog a few months ago but had not yet tried a recipe.  My 6 year old watched the Valentine bark video this morning.  Needless to say, when school got out we shopped for supplies to make a batch.  It was so fun and easy for her.  Instant gratification!   Thank you for helping to make it such a great afternoon of mother/daughter baking!

    Hope to make it to your SF book signing…

  24. I think I have found what to give to my BFF on Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for this recipe, Sally. I would’ve commented yesterday, but…..of course……the Super Bowl. 😉

  25. Love the bark! And the video is so well done. What program are you using to create your videos? 

  26. Made this with my kids last night- so easy, fun, and delicious!! We bagged it in small clear cello bags for them to give to their classmates. Thanks!!!!

  27. I love this! So perfect for Valentine’s Day! ♥

  28. Hello!   First, I want to say that I am a huge fan of yours!!  I love everything in your cookbooks and your website!!  It’s so pretty, and fun to read.  I have learned a LOT about baking from reading your blog.  I just have a question about the chocolate bark recipes.  I am a huge chocolate fan as well, especially milk chocolate.  So, finally my question is this:
      Is it just a matter of taste when you use semi-sweet chocolate for the base layer in your bark recipes?   I bought the “Lindt” semi-sweet baking bar and followed the instructions to a tee.   Unfortunatley, I didn’t like it.  🙁  I found it to be too bitter.  I couldn’t find milk chocolate baking bars anyways.   So, am I doing something wrong, or is it just a matter of my taste buds?   I feel kind of bad telling you I didn’t like the bark, but I really want to know if I’m doing something wrong.  ( I love everything else though!)   Thanks so much for everything!!

    • Patti, don’t feel bad! Chocolate is all personal preference. I love super dark chocolate and you prefer milk chocolate. Totally fine! For milk chocolate, try using Baker’s brand German Chocolate Baking Bars– also in the baking aisle. I believe the box is green. It’s much sweeter.

      So happy to hear you love my blog and that you’ve learned a lot from it, too!

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