Calling all chocolate lovers! Valentine’s day is just around the corner and you know what that means…chocolate! Do you usually give your sweetheart a box of Valentine’s chocolate? Why not take it to the next level by making your loved one some extra special Valentine's Chocolate Bark With Luxurious Lindor Truffles?
What a great addition to any Valentine gift basket! Be sure to check more delicious treats next and go ahead to my 25+ Healthy Valentine's Day Desserts (Roundup).
You might be thinking that making candy is way too difficult and that you don’t have all the equipment. Neither of those things is true!
This chocolate bark is delicious and easy to make, even if you have never made chocolate bark before. You also don’t need any premium chocolate, fancy candy molds, or thermometers, just regular old kitchen equipment that you already have on hand.
There are so many of you, different readers, here at the Yummy Bowl - some of you like to get straight to the recipe ingredients and instructions, and some of you love reading the full information with tips and tricks that I provide for the recipe.
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Why It's Yummy
- A perfect sweet treat meant for sharing. This valentines chocolate bark is simple to make and delicious to share. Your Valentine’s day sweetheart will be sure impressed and be grateful for your efforts instead of just picking up a box of candy at the store.
- Get the kids involved! Your kids can swirl the chocolate endlessly until it sets, decorate with sprinkles and Lindor truffles. After the Valentine chocolate bark has hardened they will love sharing it with their classmates and friends and telling them all about how they made it themselves.
- Budget-friendly! Have you seen those handmade luxurious chocolate barks with high-quality toppings and decorations? Guess what you can now make them yourself, at home, and not the same, but even better! And aren't these Lindor truffles and chocolate hearts too cute to eat?
My few comments on the ingredients + don't forget to read the Tips section!
The full recipe and ingredients can be found in the recipe card below this post.
- Candy melts - colored sweet confectioneries that are meant to be melted and used as decorations for baking and treats like cake pops and pretzels. The candy melts have the same consistency as chocolate when they are melted and let you add some unique colors and designs to your treats. You can find candy melts online, or in the baking section of your local grocery store. You may also find them at your local party supply store.
- Types of chocolate. Almond bark, dark chocolate bark, chocolate melts, or good melty chocolate chips are perfect for this bark. The amount mentioned in this recipe is more of a basic guideline. You can use either 1 cup of each or 1 and 1 /2 to 2 cups of each if going for really thick chocolate bark. This bark recipe will give you a medium-thin, about 1 and ½ inches thick chocolate bark in the end (if spread out on a medium baking sheet almost until the edges). Regular chocolate bars will not work as they may not melt as desired.
- Lindor (Lindt) Chocolate Truffles - If you have never had a Lindor Chocolate Truffle before then you are in for a treat. These delicious truffles come in several different flavors (I used strawberry white chocolate truffles and original milk chocolate Lindor truffles). This is what makes this Valentine’s chocolate bark a truly decadent treat. There are tons of Lindt Chocolate flavors: get them in white chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, extra dark chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, sea salt, stracciatella, and more. That means that you can make your valentine chocolate bark to suit your tastes and the tastes of your special Valentine!
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate using the double boiler method.
Melt the chocolate using the double boiler method. Heat up a small saucepan with a few inches of water in it.
When it starts to simmer, place a heatproof bowl over the top with the chocolate chips.
For smoother and easier pouring drizzle some olive or coconut oil into the mix. Stir frequently until chocolate becomes smooth and easily pourable.
Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the chocolate is hot and melted pour it out onto a sheet pan and spread it out in a thin layer using an offset spatula or a long knife. Let it cool.
You can melt the chocolate in the microwave too, but for me, the double boiler method seems to be the easiest and gives the best results. Did you know that there are whole 5 great ways to melt the chocolate at home?
Melt the white chocolate chips and candy melt the same way as mentioned above.
Spoon large dots over the first layer of chocolate until the whole area is covered. Using a wooden toothpick or skewer, lightly swirl both white and pink chocolate layers together.
There is no right or wrong way of doing that, just use your imagination.
Top with valentine sprinkles, Lindt chocolate (I cut them in half). Refrigerate for 30 minutes until chocolate is hardened.
Break apart and serve or wrap up in transparent paper with some ribbons for a perfect gift for that special one.
- Don't rush. If making a chocolate bark recipe for the first time, the most important takeaway here is to take things slow. Let the chocolate melt slowly, either in the microwave or over the stovetop. Don't rush, as the chocolate will burn very easily and there's no way to save it. For ''even'' layers, take your time and wait until the first layer will set before continuing with others. And lastly, enjoy decorating and let the chocolate cool. Your hard work will be appreciated. PRO TIP! Make multiple Valentine chocolate bark at the same time. Have at least 2-3 cookie sheets ready to go and simply multiply the recipe. This will save you time, money and will be an excellent homemade gift for your friends. And no one will be able to tell that these are homemade!
- Tip for melting chocolate. Keep some olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, or melted butter nearby for adding to the melting chocolate. This improves the texture and helps the chocolate melt more smoothly. For best results, warm up these liquids before adding them to the chocolate.
- Heat the chocolate slowly and gently. The best melting technique is the double boiler method. Using this method for melting your chocolate lets you actually control the heat. Melt the chocolate slowly so that you don’t end up with burnt or clumpy chocolate.
- Have your toppings ready. Have the toppings for your Valentine’s bark ready to add to the pan. Chocolate (especially white chocolate) can start to harden quickly and if you aren’t ready you might miss your chance. Have your Valentine’s sprinkles and your truffles cut in half and ready to place on your chocolate bark.
- Let the chocolate bark harden completely before you break it into smaller pieces. If you try to break it before it is fully hardened you may end up with fingerprints and smudges all over your finished Valentine’s chocolate bark. Also don’t use a knife for cutting as it may leave you breaking up the layers and the edges will not look clean. It is way easier to do it with your hands.
- Make it unique. For this recipe, I used white Lindt chocolates with strawberries. And sometimes I love adding berry or strawberry extract to the melting chocolate to enhance the flavor even more. These are usually sold in cake-baking supply or party stores.
- More add ons. Don’t limit yourself to Valentine's sprinkles only. There are lots of flavor combinations when it comes to chocolate bark. Get inspired by adding: pretzels, Oreos, dried feezed berries, nuts, edible flowers, Ferrero rocher, peanut butter chips, chocolate candies, candy hearts, conversational hearts, chocolate easter eggs, seeds, and dried fruit with or instead of cake sprinkles.
Make multiple different valentine's chocolate barks, break it into pieces and wrap up a mix of each bark (about 3-5 pieces per bag or even less) in transparent bags. Decorate with ribbons and stickers - your best valentine's day chocolates are ready! Easy and inexpensive valentine's ''gift box''.
Freezing And Storing Instructions
These decadent chocolates are a perfect valentine's gift and if stored properly will stay fresh for a long time.
Break the bark apart and arrange the pieces in airtight containers separated with small sheets of parchment paper in between. This way you can store the chocolate in the fridge or freezer for months.
If your chocolate bark is still soft, let it cool for longer, preferably in a cooler room too, and later freeze it. If you have added too much butter or vegetable oil to your melted chocolate it may take a longer time to harden. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.
If you store your Valentine chocolate bark at room temperature it is good for 5 days in an airtight container. You can eat your chocolate bark for two to three weeks if it is stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If stored in the freezer, up to 2-3 months.
You sure can, in fact, your chocolate bark will last for months in the freezer if you store it in an airtight container or freezer bag.
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Valentine Chocolate Bark With Lindor Truffles (Best Valentine’s Day Gift!)
- 1 cup White chocolate chips or Almond Bark Vanilla
- ½ cup candy melt pink or ½ cup white chocolate bark or chips and food coloring
- 1 cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips or Chocolate Almond Bark
- ¼ cup cake sprinkles
- Lindt chocolate truffles
- Melt the semi-sweet chocolate using the double boiler method.
- Melt the chocolate using the double boiler method. Heat up a small saucepan with a few inches of water in it. When it starts to simmer, place a heatproof bowl over the top with the chocolate chips. For smoother and easier pouring drizzle some olive or coconut oil to the mix. Stir frequently until chocolate becomes smooth and easily pourable.
- Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the chocolate is hot and melted pour it out onto a sheet pan and spread it out in a thin layer using an offset spatula or a long knife. Let it cool.
- You can melt the chocolate in the microwave too, but for me, double boiler method seems to be the most easiest and gives the best results.
- Melt the white chocolate chips and candy melt the same way as mentioned above. Spoon large dots over the first layer of chocolate until the whole area is covered. Using a wooden toothpick or skewer, lightly swirl both white and pink chocolate layers together. There is no right or wrong way of doing that, just use your imagination.
- Top with valentine sprinkles, Lindor chocolate (I cut them in half). Refrigerate for 30 minutes until chocolate is hardened. Break apart and serve or wrap up in tranbsparent paper with some ribbons for a perfect gift for that special one.