Post Last Updated May, 3rd 2022
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Valentine’s day is coming up quick and you know what that means! Half the population will be complaining about this “Hallmark Holiday” and the other half will have their mouths too full of delicious chocolate to care to respond.
(I’m in group two if you were wondering).
So whether you have someone you love or if you just want a super easy and cute dessert to treat yo’self with, this Valentine’s Day Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe is for everyone. Even the anti-Valentine’s day Becky’s out there.
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Why Use Endangered Species Chocolate?
Endangered Species chocolate is committed to producing sustainably and ethically sourced chocolate.
Upsettingly, most of the world’s largest chocolate suppliers still use child slavery and cause mass devastation to wild areas where they source their ingredients.
Endangered Species chooses to do better. A portion of every sale goes to continued conservation efforts, so when you buy it, you can feel good about the tasty chocolate you’re about to indulge in.
Materials for This Valentine’s Day Dark Chocolate Bark
I got mine from Michaels and it’s great because it’s oven safe, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe. Also….it’s super cheap always a bonus.
The one I used is actually from Goodwill but! this pan from Amazon is almost identical and is still perfect for this recipe!
For this dark chocolate bark recipe I used Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs. It’s not only delicious, but also sustainably produced and a portion of each sale goes to wildlife conservation.
Again, use good quality chocolate for this. Don’t lower the quality now after coming so far!
I used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips because they’re good chips that are still budget friendly.
Sweets Indeed’s sprinkles will forever be my favorite sprinkles. Not only are they created by an amazing baker, but all of their sprinkle mixes are gorgeous and fun.
Hard to make this lovely dark chocolate bark without some classic Valentine’s day candy.
Other Phrases You Can Use to Satisfy Your Inner Romantic
No one can say that I’m not a romantic. I mean, I’m just full of phrases that leave people feeling loved, appreciated, and special. This time, I obviously used “I tolerate you” which, I mean, c’mon, you can’t get more sappy than that, right? *sarcasm*
But we don’t all want to spread the same sweet message, so here are some other great phrases you can use for your dark chocolate bark:
I miss your d*ck
Sorry Ur Not Perfect
I Don’t Hate You
You Are That Bitch
Let’s Make Out
Or the ever popular one for Valentine’s Day….I’m Horny.
I guess you could also do those generic romantic messages like “I love you” and “Be Mine” or “I’m so glad to have you in my life” but those are neither as fun or as inappropriate…which is lame.
3 Reasons You Should Love Valentine’s Day
Listen, I know Valentine’s Day gets a lot of hate with good reason. But also, there’s plenty of reasons to celebrate the day of love!
- If we can celebrate National Pizza Day (which is February 9th btdubs), we should be able to proudly celebrate another made up Hallmark holiday of love.
- Pink. You’d never guess it from my almost 100% black wardrobe but ya girl loves pink. It is a color that fills me with warmth, happiness, and thoughts of cotton candy.
Pink gets a lot of hate but it still goes out there and makes the world vibrant anyways.
- Love. The V-Day is all about love (and tbh for some of us it’s all about get some D on the V-day, but I digress).
The world needs more love. It needs more romantic love, more platonic love, more maternal love, and more of your love. Even if you’re not dating anyone or getting any D, there are still so many people that you love and that love you back. Celebrate them. Celebrate yourself.
Love yourself. Indulge yourself with this gourmet Valentine’s day chocolate bark. It’s all about the love.
More Valentine’s Day Goodies
Tips for the perfect Valentine’s Day dark chocolate bark
Although a lot of people suggest melting chocolate in the microwave, I will forever recommend melting chocolate in a double boiler to ensure a smooth consistency every time. You don’t want to risk burning it, especially if you’re using good quality chocolate.
I personally think that the double boiler method is easier anyways because you can always keep an eye on your melting process. Plus, it’s super satisfying to see those shiny ribbons of melted chocolate form.
Line your heart shaped pan. Cut some eco friendly parchment paper or wax paper to line your pan. We want the bark to have a pretty festive shape…not adhere permanently to the pan and be a nightmare to remove.
Get creative. You can play with different candies, dried fruits, salty treats (like pretzels or nuts), sprinkles, etc. There is no limit to what you can turn your chocolate bark into. Think of the chocolate as a blank canvas that’s yours to play with. Get creative and have fun.
But don’t go overboard. All too often we get a bit too excited with the decorating part and the final product is just a glob of sprinkles, candy, and random bits. It may taste great still but I like to think that a good Valentine’s day chocolate bark recipe is as pretty as it is tasty. Less really is more.
Make sure your bark dries all the way. I would highly recommend chilling it for about at least an hour before cutting it up. You don’t want the heat from your hands to melt and ruin your beautiful perfection!
Use a knife to cut your bark instead of the fun hammer method. A sharp knife ensures clean cut lines and control over where those lines are. It may be less fun but it’s definitely more aesthetic and prettier to gift
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark
- Silicone Letter Mold
- Heart Shaped Pan
- 12 oz Endangered Species Dark Chocolate
- ¼ cup Conversation Hearts
- ¼ cup Valentines' day Sprinkles
- 5 oz white chocolate chips
- Line your heart shaped pan with some eco friendly parchment paper. Set aside.
- Melt your white chocolate chips in a double boiler until smooth.
- Fill your letter mold white chocolate and scrape off any extra from the top. Place mold in the freezer for 10-30 minutes until chocolate is firmly set.
- In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate until smooth. Pour and spread the dark chocolate evenly in your heart shaped pan.
- Remove the letters from the freezer and pop them out of the mold. Carefully press the letters into the dark chocolate. Then sprinkle your sprinkles and candy hearts across the chocolate.
- Place the pan in the fridge for 1 hr or the freezer for about 30 minutes until the chocolate is firmly set.
- Using a sharp knife and cut the around the edges of the pan and then carefully flip the pan over to remove the chocolate bark.
- Remove the parchment paper and then flip the bark back over.
- From here, you can package it up and deliver it to your favorite person that you tolerate and allow them to break up the bark…OR! You can use the knife to break it up into irregular, delicious pieces.
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Valentine’s day is literally the day to spread a little extra love in the world. So why not spread it in an albeit sassy but tasty way with this dark chocolate bark?
Savor the rich and smooth chocolatey-ness of this Valentine’s day chocolate bark recipe yourself or share it with your favorite tolerable person.
And since you’ve made it all the way down here, check out all of our other dessert recipes as well to keep things simple and keep that sweet tooth satisfied.
Sharing is caring! Do you know someone that would love this sweet V-day treat? Why not share it with them? They’ll appreciate it and maybe they’ll even make you one too!