Even as a kid, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. I know, it’s a Hallmark holiday and sucks when you’re single, but I’ve always associated it with candy. If you’re a sugar fiend like me, your Halloween candy has long since run out, and it’s time to restock!
To me, the only thing better than candy is homemade candy. I’m a big fan of chocolate bark. In fact, you may remember this recipe that I posted a few weeks ago, and I wanted to do something similar for Valentine’s Day. In the past, I’ve made festive pink and red chocolate bark with candy melts. While they were cute, they tasted kind of like sugary wax.
This year, I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day bark that used real chocolate and real fruit. I thought about using strawberries, but I learned the hard way that moisture and chocolate do NOT mix, unless you want to eat a gluey pile of mush. When I saw a bag of freeze dried strawberries on my last trip to Trader Joe’s, I knew that they would be the perfect solution. I stuck them in the food processor until they became powdery and mixed them into some white chocolate.
I layered the strawberry mixture in between a layer of dark chocolate and white chocolate, since I love all desserts that are Neapolitan in nature. And of course, this bark was just dying to be sprinkled.