Every Valentine’s Day I make Alan something sweet. If I didn’t make him something special, I would feeling like I’m totally phoning it in. This year, it’s not just about something decadent. I’m hitting all of his loves. He loves my peppermint bark. So much, he asks for it for his birthday in July! He loves cherries, of course chocolate, and who can’t resist M&M’s? This bark is so fun and festive you can’t help but feel like a gradeschooler with a hand full of little Valentines cards!
Chocolate Cherry Valentines Day Bark
- 12 oz bag Wilton’s Dark Chocolate Candy Melts
- 12 oz bag Wilton’s Pink Candy Melts
- 1/4 tsp Cherry candy flavoring (do not use extract, it will cause the chocolate to seize)
- 1 bag of Cherry M&M’s
- Valentines sprinkles and hearts
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt the dark chocolate according to the directions on the bag. Spread a thin layer on the wax paper and refrigerate until hardened.
Here’s a big tip on making layered bark candy. Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter to come to room temperature. If you don’t and you pour the next layer on, when you break it the layers will slide right off and never adhere to each other. I’ve been there and done that!
Melt the pink candy melts according to the directions and add 1/4 tsp of cherry candy flavoring. I actually used 1/8 tsp and found there to be enough cherry flavoring. I didn’t want to overpower the bark since there was also Cherry M&M’s. Spread the pink layer evenly on to the chocolate layer. Immediately, before the chocolate sets, sprinkle M&M’s and sprinkles over the pink chocolate. Place the baking sheet back into the refrigerator and let the bark harden. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Source: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
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