Happy Sunday! I’m not really sure how it’s already Sunday, but I am glad to be here to share with you a wonderful treat that I made for Valentine’s Day! It’s a holiday that is a throw away for some, but I love getting excited with little ones for every holiday so this week will definitely feature a treat for them including this Cherry White Chocolate Bark! I’ll admit that originally this was supposed to be made with the red velvet M & Ms, but I couldn’t find them at a store near me so they were quickly replaced with cherry. They taste almost like cherry cordials in M & M form so they were definitely not a disappointment.
The necessary ingredients are some white chocolate, candy, and pretzels! We used baking chocolate for ours so it’s a little less sweet than I would have usually gone for, but you know sometimes you just have to go with what you have in the pantry versus going to the store. As you can see, this is a ridiculously easy treat to make. It also mixes the sweet and salty, which is a favorite flavor combination of mine. You can use any candy topper you want of course, but I chose these M & Ms for color, flavor, and holiday incorporation.
I honestly thought that you’ve seen me melt enough white chocolate on this blog to be pros now so I skipped the melting and spreading when it came to picture taking. I will say though that if you don’t have a small silicon baking mat that you should get one. This was definitely a savior in regards to making this treat and it made clean up a breeze. We all like easy clean up, right? As far as for how much chocolate to use, I used 1 Ghiradelli baking chocolate bar for the bottom layer. We pulled out the pretzels next and pressed them into the chocolate. This made it easier for the next step.
For the next step, you will need to pour another chocolate bar over the top of the pretzels. This seemed difficult when I’d end up with clumps of white chocolate one place and none another, but I think the fact that I had pressed the pretzels down in the original bar was my savior. It was easy to use my spatula to brush the chocolate elsewhere without worrying about the pretzels coming up. I think this also makes it easier to break when you get to the end.
Next I topped the mixture with my Cherry M & Ms. I pressed these down into the chocolate as well so they would be held into the chocolate once it set. This definitely makes it easier for breaking apart although I’ll admit that some still popped out of their shell when I did it. It was a good excuse to eat some, right?
The pieces don’t have to be perfect when you break them apart. I think the jagged edges give it a little bit more of that bark look. Plus we all know that most kids will be more concerned with how good it tastes. That isn’t to say that I wouldn’t serve this bark to adults, but this week is about celebrating with the little ones. They did get Love’s seal of approval if you’re curious about that. I hope that you’ll experiment with this and show me some of your creations.