An easy Valentine’s day treat for peanut butter lovers! Features a chocolate bark loaded with Reese’s candy hearts, crunchy peanuts and M&M’s!
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE BARK
- Melt the chocolate wafers.
- Spread on nonstick, flat surface.
- Add toppings and set.
The first thing you’ll need for making a super easy, super simple chocolate bark is chocolate melting wafers. If you’re feeling adventurous, and want to work tempered chocolate, you can find everything you need to know here in this peppermint bark recipe.
When using chocolate wafers over tempered chocolate, ingredients matter, and you should choose only high-quality melting wafers, such as Ghirardelli.
1. MELT CHOCOLATE FOR BARK
From there, you would simply follow the package’s melting instructions, which usually consists of placing the wafers in a microwave-safe bowl and melting them at 30-second intervals, stirring between each stint in the microwave.
2. SPREAD THE MELTED CHOCOLATE ON A NONSTICK SURFACE
Once the chocolate is melted down, it poured over a nonstick surface such as wax paper, a silicone mat, or even nonstick aluminum foil would do. I like to set wax paper inside of a rimmed baking sheet that is 9″ x 13″. This size of the pan serves as a guide for how far out to spread the chocolate, and also helps to contain any stray toppings.
I’ve found using a long, offset icing spatula makes for easy work when spreading the chocolate.
3. ADD THE TOPPINGS
Melted candy wafers set up fairly quickly, so you should have your toppings on standby before you even begin melting down the chocolate. Sprinkle the toppings evenly across the melted chocolate and allow the bark to set up.
TOPPINGS FOR CHOCOLATE BARK
You can top chocolate bark with just about anything you’d like, but most commonly used are sprinkles, candies, dried fruit, and nuts. But, for this festive Valentine’s chocolate bark, I kept the lovers in mind…the peanut butter lover’s that is.
FOR THE PEANUT BUTTER LOVERS
Chocolate and peanut butter is such a perfect combination, and it seems to be completely neglected come Valentine’s day. Well, not anymore. Strawberries, take a hike. Peanut butter, come on in — your time has arrived.
PEANUT BUTTER HEARTS
Come late January, Reese’s starts releasing those delicious little peanut butter cups in heart-shaped form. They made the perfect eye-catching topping for chocolate bark, and the peanut butter added a nice salty element to the sweet chocolate.
Another little hit of salt couldn’t hurt, and peanuts not only provided that, but also added crunch to the bark. I don’t even love peanuts, however, I was surprised to find that the bites with them were by far my favorite, and I found myself wishing I had added more.
CANDY AND SPRINKLES
M&M’s also lent texture to the bark, and added some fun little pops of color. Well, those and the sprinkles. Can’t have a holiday bark without sprinkles.
Melting chocolate wafers requires no tempering, and little skill, making it the perfect, stress-free ingredient for working with kids in the kitchen.
This chocolate bark is absolute perfection for getting into the kitchen with kiddos, and not only creating a festive treat, but a few memories as well. It’s simple, it’s quick, and it has Valentine’s day written all over it. Only with peanut butter…not strawberries. Please, enjoy.
An easy Valentine's day treat for peanut butter lovers! Features a chocolate bark loaded with Reese's candy hearts, crunchy peanuts and M&M's!
- 2 (10 ounce) packages of Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
- 1/2 (10 ounce) package of Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts unwrapped
- 1/3 cup roasted, salted peanuts
- 1/4 cup M&M's
- 1/4 cup festive sprinkles such as jimmies
Place a large sheet of wax paper across the bottom of a rimmed sheet pan. Melt the chocolate wafers according to package instructions.
Pour the chocolate over the center of the wax paper, and using an offset icing spatula, spread the chocolate toward the edges so that the chocolate layer is about a 1/4" in thickness.
Place the Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts evenly across the bark, and sprinkle over the peanuts, M&M's, and sprinkles.
Set aside for 30-45 minutes, until completely hardened and no longer soft to the touch. Break apart the bark with your hands if you'd like, or transfer it to a cutting board and cut into desired size. Serve and enjoy.
You will need to allow at least 30-45 minutes for the bark to set up before cutting into it. You can place it in the refrigerator to speed up the process.