If you are new to the candy game and want to try to make a simple dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day, then look no further. This chocolate bark is literally made with 4 ingredients and takes less than 30 mins to make!
One of my favorite things to make as a quick dessert for Valentine’s Day (or just any day of the week) is chocolate bark. Not only is it super easy to make but everyone loves it!
Plus, it’s one of those desserts you can make a little different with fun toppings in each new batch.
This Valentine’s day dessert recipe can be as simple or complex as you like. You can keep it simple like I did with one kind of chocolate + one topping or you can think a little more outside of the box and come up with your own flavor combos.
White Chocolate and peppermint? Milk chocolate coated with nuts? Maybe you want to make a healthier option and go for the dark chocolate bark topped off with some dried fruits?
Tell us in the comments: Do you prefer dark chocolate or semi-sweet? OR is white chocolate more your thing?
I would love to know!
Frequently Asked Questions About Chocolate Bark
Before I share how to make this chocolate bark, here are a few questions I have gotten from our readers that I wanted to share:
What Kind Of Chocolate Is Good For Melting?
Like I mentioned in my other Valentine’s Day dessert recipe, I prefer to use colored melting chocolate from Wilton’s.
If not, I would recommend using some chocolate baking bars and add about a tablespoon of shortening into the melting chocolate to make sure it has a smooth consistency.
How Long Can I Store Chocolate Bark?
Depending on what kind of topping you choose to add to your chocolate bark, this dessert can last anywhere between 4 days to 2 weeks max.
Just make sure you store it in an airtight container and someplace cool so it doesn’t melt.
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark With Sprinkles
This Valentine’s day dessert recipe is so quick and easy to make!
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- Melting chocolate (pink and white)
- Mason jars
- Valentine’s themed sprinkles
- Parchment paper
How To Make Chocolate Bark
Turn the slow cooker on high and place two cups of hot water. The water doesn’t have to be boiling, just hot.
Empty the bags of melting chocolates into the mason jars. Just a heads up- they will not all fit at once, but there will be more space to add the rest once it melts down.
Place the mason jars into the slow cooker and add some more hot water until it comes up to be about a halfway point on the mason jars. It typically measures out to be about 4-6 cups.
Time To Melt The Chocolate
Let the mason jars sit in the slow cooker for about 25-30 minutes. After this time has passed, you should be able to start stirring your chocolates until they get that delightful smooth consistency.
Continue to stir every 5 minutes until your chocolate is silky smooth. Once the chocolate is all melted, turn your slow cooker onto the warm setting.
Place a piece of parchment onto your countertop and pour one of the chocolate mixtures from the mason jars onto the middle of the paper.
Pour the other chocolate mason jar on top of the chocolate immediately.
Using a butter knife or a spatula (preferred), spread both chocolates around into a rectangular shape as best as you can. Mix around the chocolates together to create a slight swirling effect.
This is where it gets fun. It’s time for toppings! For this chocolate bark recipe, I used some Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles that were colorful and shaped in little hearts.
If you are not the biggest fan of sprinkles, keep reading and you will get a list of other toppings to experiment with.
After you are done adding all of your toppings, allow the bark to sit on the counter to cool off and harden for at least 30-40 minutes, if not more.
When it’s fully cool, break it into smaller pieces and store.
If you want to make this chocolate bark special and have a variety of topping options, here are a couple of other ideas you can add instead of the sprinkles:
- Chopped nuts (such as peanuts, walnuts, and almonds)
- Dried Fruit (such as cherries, raisins, and apricots)
- Shredded coconut
- Crushed Oreos
- Toffee pieces
- Mini M&M’s
- Crushed peppermints
You can even make them a little savory and add some broken up pieces of pretzels leftover from these chocolate-dipped pretzels or crushed potato chips for a salty element.
- Be very careful to not get any water into the mason jar while stirring the chocolate. If you do, the chocolate will seize up and harden- which means you’ll have to start all over again.
- If you want to make clean up easier on yourself, make sure to rinse the mason jars with hot water as soon as you are done with them. Don’t wait until later! Once the chocolate gets hard, it becomes really difficult and time-consuming to remove the chocolate.
- If you want to achieve a thinner bark, you just need to spread the mixture a bit thinner on the parchment paper.
- This bark will store best in an airtight container.
- Keep away from heat sources or your bark will melt.
More Dessert Recipes:
If you loved this Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark, check out some of our best recipes from The Slow Cooking Club:
- Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
- Banana Cake
- Slow Cooker Brownies
- Chocolate Lava Cake
- Yummy Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
- 12-ounce bag of Pink melting chocolate, Wilton brand
- 12-ounce bag of Bright white melting chocolate, Wilton brand
- 2 Mason jars
- Wilton’s Valentine sprinkle assortment
- Parchment paper, rectangular piece (at least 15” x 18”)
- Turn slow cooker on high, and place in 2 cups of hot water from faucet (does not have to be boiling water…just hot).
- Empty bags of melting chocolate into the mason jars. They will not all fit at the moment; however, 90% of them will. The rest you can add once the chips have started melting.
- Place the mason jars into the slow cooker, and then add an additional 4-6 cups of hot water. You want to fill your slow cook with enough water to come up to a halfway point on the mason jars.
- After at least 25-30 minutes have passed, you should be able to start stirring your chocolates to try to get that smooth consistency. Continue stir every 5 minutes until your chocolate is silky smooth. Once melted, turn your slow cooker onto the warm setting.
- Place a piece of parchment onto your countertop, and pour chocolates onto it in the middle area. Take a butter knife or spatula, and spread around into rectangular shape. Mix around to create a slight swirling effect.
- Add in your Valentine sprinkles on top. Once done, allow to sit on the counter to cool for at least 30-40 minutes.
- When fully cool, break into smaller pieces.
- Be very careful to not get any water into the chocolates while stirring or
moving. If you do, the chocolate will seize up and harden- then you will be
back at the drawing board.
- Clean up is really easy with lots of hot water. To get the rest of the chocolate out of the jars, you can use a spatula while the chocolates are semi-warm in the jar.
- If you want thinner bark, you just need to spread the mixture thinner.
- You can easily add cookie pieces or other edible notions to this bark.
- This bark will store best in an airtight container.
- Also, keep away from heat sources or your bark will melt.