This fun, colorful, and yummy original Valentine’s Chocolate Bark recipe uses a few high-quality ingredients that really make this perfect for gifting. Whether for your child’s teacher, a neighbor, a loved one, or friend, wrap up some of this easy bark and make someone smile for Valentine’s Day!
This Valentine’s Bark is a perfect treat around Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day!) It is simple to make, but it looks and tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. Your loved ones will surely appreciate the thoughtfulness and effort you put into making it.
- Use high-quality chocolate chips for the best flavor.
- Get creative with your toppings! You can add other fruits, nuts, or candy to the bark just keep in mind that too many different kinds mean flavors won’t stand out.
- You can melt chocolate in the microwave. See our tips at the jump to help you not overheat the chocolate chips.
- Store the bark in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
About the ruby chocolate
We wanted to experiment with ruby chocolate, a truly decadent, unique kind of chocolate that was kind of hard to find. This authentic chocolate is not just white chocolate colored pink—ruby chocolate comes from a very specially grown pink cacao bean. It has a very fruity flavor, in fact, even though this brand of ruby chocolate has no fruit in it, and is completely unique. The closest thing I can think of would be a flavor of a lightly raspberry, acidic, semi-sweet chocolate.
About the white chocolate
I’m a big believer in using high-quality chocolate whenever possible. We used Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips and white melting wafers. It tastes like a good, deep vanilla and not waxy.
About the dark chocolate
Again, the better the quality, the better flavor. This doesn’t make a big batch of Valentine’s chocolate bark because it calls for some pricey ingredients. Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips is what we used for this Valentines Bark recipe.
About the X&O Puppy Love cookies
We found the cutest cookies called Mother’s brand Puppy Love. They make the frosted circus cookies and these taste much like them, but they are in X and O shapes plus pink and white super cute puppy shapes. Of course, we were sold! They add the perfect touch.
About the dried fruit
The dried blueberries and dehydrated aka freeze-dried strawberries made a huge difference in the balance of flavors. They add a tangy, less sweet element in every bite that really helped pull together everything else. You can use dried strawberries (more chewy than crispy) instead, but the crisp, tangy freeze-dried version added a fun flavor and texture. We used Great Value Freeze-Dried Strawberry Fruit Crisps.
Supplies to gather
Gather your tools and ingredients before you start making this recipe. Working with melted chocolate means moving quickly so it doesn’t harden before you are ready.
- Three medium microwave-safe bowls
- 3 bowl scrapers
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Clean wooden spoon
- Storage container with airtight lid or gift baggies that close securely
- Three kinds of chocolate: Ruby chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate
- Freeze-dried strawberries
- Dried blueberries
- Mother’s Puppy Love Frosted Cookies
- Optional: Red jimmies
The bottom line
This Valentine’s Bark is a delicious and easy-to-make treat that is sure to impress your loved ones. The combination of dehydrated strawberries, ruby chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate is simply irresistible. And the addition of Mother’s Valentines cookies just puts it over the top.
More About Valentine Sweets
- 1 cup ruby chocolate
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 1/4 c dried blueberries
- 1/2 package of Mother's Puppy Love Frosted cookies
- Optional: Handful of red jimmies
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lightly crush the dehydrated strawberries so there’s some small and some large pieces. Set aside.
- See photos: You’ll spread chocolate along three loose lines. Once all the chocolate is melted, you will need to work quickly.
- In separate bowls, melt the ruby, white, and dark chocolate chips.
- Spread the melted ruby chocolate evenly over the baking sheet in a loose line. Repeat with the melted white and dark chocolate and separate, clean bowl scrapers so the colors of chocolate don’t combine, so each are somewhat touching. (Refer to photos.)
- Sprinkle the dehydrated strawberries and dried blueberries all over the melted chocolate.
- Using the pointy end of a clean wooden spoon, gently pull it through the chocolate, creating a zigzag/swirl pattern, so that the three chocolates combine slightly. (See photos.)
- Separate the Mother's Valentines cookies so you can see the X and O and puppy shapes clearly, and place them over the areas of dark chocolate (they seem to show up more clearly on the dark chocolate).
- Slide the baking sheet with parchment and chocolate into the freezer for 15 minutes, or the refrigerator for 30 minutes until the bark is hard set.
- Once the chocolate is cold and hard set, break the bark into large pieces with your clean hands or tap gently with a kitchen mallet.
- Separate pieces into gift bags with a ribbon and seal tightly, or add to an airtight container. Keep out of warm areas and tightly closed for up to a week.Freeze up to a month for longer storage.