It seems like I was taking down my Christmas decorations just the other day, but Valentines is nearly upon us. This is a sure sign of getting older, time just seems to fly by!
I couldn’t let this holiday pass without sharing my idea for a Valentines Bark. Bark, you know the stuff – or my version - white chocolate, krispies and whatever takes your fancy on top of all that. I have made various different types such as Christmas, Halloween, Great British. So why not for the ‘loved up’ holiday?
There are plenty of additions I could have added on top from the confectionery world (and not all for family viewing, surprisingly!) but I settled for Love Hearts. Known the world over (I think), they are fizzy little discs of candy, with a love heart and message stamped on top. I also went for cherry lips atop my bark. I had wanted to get jelly hearts, but then I came across little white candy hearts in my cupboard, and thought they’d be perfect. No baking required…
450 grams white chocolate, chopped
60 grams rice krispies
Pink food colouring
1 roll of Love Hearts
1 bag of Cherry Lips
White Heart nonpareils
Line a cookie sheet with greaseproof paper and set aside.
Over a pan of simmering water, place a bowl filled with the white chocolate. Stir until melted and then add pink food colouring until you get a shade you are happy with. Stir in the rice krispies so they are all coated with the pink white chocolate.
Spread the krispie chocolate mix into the cookie sheet and spread out as thin as possible without it breaking up. Then randomly add your toppings. Once done, take another sheet of greaseproof paper, place this on top of the bark and with your hands gently smooth over it, to embed the add-ins into the molten chocolate.
Pop into the fridge until the chocolate has set, or preferably overnight. Remove from the fridge and break into chunks. Now you can give your valentines bark to the person of your dreams! Enjoy…