Valentine’s Day Bark

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Valentine's Day Bark

Oh, bark. How I love you.

This is the chocolate month, the time when everyone forgets their healthy resolutions, turning straight to the chocolate lava cake. It’s only human nature. We can’t be deprived for extended periods.

So if you’re gonna do the chocolate, make bark. It’s a cheap and easy gift for a loved one, or you can eat it all yourself. I have a video tutorial below plus a step-by-step recipe, so keep reading!

Valentine's Day Bark

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but 95% of all diets fail. America is a country ruled by diets and a thriving fitness industry, and yet we’re in a health crisis. How is that possible?

Simple, really. When you try and sustain impossible behavior, it all comes crumbling down. Dieting at its core is all about the word “no.” Diets focus on what you can’t eat: dairy, or carbs, or sugar, or anything a caveman didn’t eat, or all of the above. Who wants a voice in their head constantly telling them that what they’re doing is wrong?

Valentine's Day Bark

Seriously, if people talked to one another the way that their inner voices talk to them sometimes, they’d get slapped. We’ve somehow been taught that self-shaming isn’t just acceptable: it’s desirable. That, my friends, is a load of garbage. When did deprivation become a virtue? When did dieting become a way of life? Because here’s the thing. You ready?

Valentine's Day Bark

If you’re dieting all the time, it’s probably not working. Seriously. It’s one thing to live with a healthy mindset and goals and quite another to base life upon what you will not let yourself have, and to constantly go back and forth with those arbitrary rules. I’m not a fan.

Message? Stop dieting. Start eating bark. Always works for me!

Valentine's Day Bark

Bark is easy to put together, makes a great gift, and can be customized to any holiday or occasion. It takes just a few minutes (plus a half hour of chill time) to get it going. Take a look!

When all’s said and done, wouldn’t you rather spend time engaging in self-love and acceptance? Denial is never good, in life or in food. So say yes to yourself today, and say yes to some bark!


Valentine’s Day Bark


2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
assorted Valentine's day candy and sprinkles (I used candy corn, raspberry hearts, cinnamon lips, heart sprinkles, and pink airbrushing spray)


  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips for one minute. Stir. If not smooth and melted, heat an additional 20 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  3. Spread out the milk chocolate to about 1/2-inch thickness. Don't go too thin, or the bark won't be as good.
  4. In a separate bowl, heat the white chocolate chips for 40 seconds. Stir, and if not melted, heat an additional 20 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  5. Drop the white chocolate by spoonfuls gently onto the milk chocolate. Using a knife, swirl the melted white chocolate gently into the milk chocolate. Do not overdo it, or your bark will become one uniform muddy color.
  6. One at a time, add the Valentine's Day candies, spacing them evenly around the bark. Add the sprinkles and airbrush the bark for added color. You can buy airbrush spray at most grocery stores or cake decorating aisles (like at Michael's).
  7. Chill the bark for 30 minutes. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. If you're worried about melting, keep it in the refrigerator until shortly before serving.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Haha that works for me too. 🙂 LOVE this, it’s so pretty!
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    1. Mir

      I’m a big fan of the pretty!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This bark is SO pretty, Mir! I would gladly reach for this over the chocolate lava cake. Love how festive it is. And your video is great, too! Such a fun and easy treat for Valentine’s Day!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, I can do chocolate lava at a restaurant. This is good home eating!

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    As always, I love how you look at things, and I’m 100% positive that I would love this bark!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Kate! I’ve been eating this bark a lot. It’s pretty addictive!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, oh my gawd girl .. yes . . I always say don’t deny yourself because then one day, you’ll go crazy and eat all the chocolate. . almost everything in moderation and don’t go overboard. . but treat yourself and LOVE yourself! and EAT this bark! Happy early Valentine’s Day!

    1. Mir

      Agreed. All people who diet think about is what they can’t have. It’s a totally unhealthy approach! Happy early Valentine’s to you too!

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    That is why I don’t diet, as I don’t have anything to fail at when I indulge in something like this. This looks so pretty and what a lovely gift to give to people too.
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, setting yourself up for failure is just not the way to live!

  6. Mary Frances

    I’m all about Valentine’s Day. The colors and hearts are so fun! I’m a sucker for celebrations, even when it’s just with myself … what can I say. Love this bark! Also, lol, heck yea, February (chocolate month) is after January (salad month) for a reason!
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  7. mira

    Oh, I don’t even like the word “diet” any more! I love chocolate! This bark looks beautiful, perfect for chocolate month!
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    1. Mir

      It’s a bad word, Mira!

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Lol, I don’t do diets either, Mir! I think life is about living! Plus I am not a fan of hearing the word no. 😉 LOVE this festively fun bark, chicka! I have a bark recipe coming up, but of course it’s not as beautiful as yours AND I don’t have a fantastic video, so now I’m feeling all sorts of inadequate! Boy would devour this bark, girlfriend… 2 seconds flat! Cheers, to banning diets and enjoying life!
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    1. Mir

      I think we’re all doing bark, and I’m sure yours will be gorgeous. Come on over and I’ll show you how to make a video. Anytime, girl! Feel like journeying a few states north?

  9. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I guess are always co-ordinate when it comes to posting bark recipes 😉 haha I posted a Valentines Day bark too! Your is way prettier, love all the pretty candies!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali. We should definitely talk more before we post. But great minds think alike and all that!

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  11. Summer

    Love the colours! Looks really good ♥

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Summer! I do love pink. 🙂

  12. David @ Spiced

    Your videos are the best, Mir! Just sayin’. Now let’s turn our attention to diets. I couldn’t agree with you more! We try to follow a generally balanced lifestyle around here. We’re not into fad diets and completely eliminating sugars, breads, etc. from our lineup. Just take everything in moderation! Except when it comes to this bark. I refuse to take this in moderation because I want it all. Every last crumble. Thanks! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Aww, thanks! I kind of like doing videos better than pics. They’re fun!

  13. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Say it loud! Say it loud! Say it proud! Sorry, my inner cheerleader decided to join the party! I am with you – “Everything in moderation…including moderation.” (Thank you for that, Julia!) Which means…no moderation where this bark is concerned! Bring it!!
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    1. Mir

      That’s the best Julia quote!

  14. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    This bark looks incredible. I swear I’ve been meaning to try to make bark. I just haven’t decided what I want to put in my bark. I love all the candies you put into this one! So cute for Valentine’s Day!
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    1. Mir

      It’s easy, Michele! Give it a shot!

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