Super simple chocolate bark swirled with pink white chocolate and lots of candy hearts.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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. 🙂Print
An easy recipe for Valentine’s Day sweetheart swirl bark filled with pure chocolate, pink swirls, festive sprinkles, and lots of conversation hearts!
- 6 ounces (170g) white chocolate, coarsely chopped*
- 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) pink candy melts*
- 8 ounces (226g) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped*
- candy hearts and sprinkles for topping
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
- Chocolate: 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.
- Candy Melts: Instead of pink candy melts, use 8 ounces of white chocolate and 1 drop of red food coloring.
- Special Tools: Food scale and double boiler for safe melting (here is the one I own and another one I own.)
Keywords: sweetheart swirl bark, valentine's day candy
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