Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark and Gift Tag Printable

Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

Christmas is still a wee bit in the rear view mirror and here we are talking about Valentine’s Day. At least I waited until one holiday is over before I start talking about the next one (I’m looking at you Department Stores and Malls!)

And does it seem just a wee bit unfair that one month after we resolve to eat lighter and healthier, we have a holiday that pretty much centers around sweets and chocolates (I’m looking at you St. Valentine!)Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

Be that as it may, Valentine’s Day is right down the road and so we might as well get on board and plan some sweets for our sweets!

Last year I made these truffles, which are truly truffle-licious, but in a heavy cream and butter way.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that…I’m mean, I love butter and cream as much as the next gal.  

But..in an effort to walk the oh so fine and difficult line between ‘chocolatey-deliciousness’ and ‘let’s keep our waistline in mind’, I decided to let the the chocolate speak for itself this year without the addition of extra fat-laden ingredients.

And…it’s been scientifically proven that a little dark chocolate is actually pretty good for you! So, this is a healthy Valentine’s Day treat! You’re welcome.

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I do enjoy all the chocolate barks that are ubiquitous during Christmas and decided to do a Valentine riff on it. I topped my Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark with some of our favorite chocolate accompaniments, but the options are endless (coconut, nuts, coconut & almonds (think almond joys!), heart sprinkles, etc..) Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

I truly 💗the combination of orange and chocolate (the darker the better), while Terry is all about cherries and chocolate. The kids like both flavors, but we also added nonpareil for some of the chocolate, just for variety.Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

And how can you have Valentine bark unless it is also heart-shaped.Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

By simply melting semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate, pouring it into a pan, sprinkling the desired topping, letting it sit for 2 hours and cutting it with a heart-shaped cookie cutter I have perfect Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark.Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

The secret is to melt your chocolate over a low heat, preferably in a double boiler or bain marie, keeping the bowl out of the water.

Water and hot chocolate don’t mix in this situation…so when you pour your chocolate into your prepared pan, make sure you don’t get any drips from your pot on to your chocolate…not that I would know.

I had leftover candied orange peel from some bread I baked last Christmas and it was just perfect.  Here’s the recipe I used. FYI…this stuff has a great shelf life!

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Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark

Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark with endless options for toppings.
Author Lynn Spencer

Ingredients

  • 5.5 ounces good quality Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 5.5 ounces good quality Semi-sweet Chocolate

Toppings

  • 3.5 tablespoons candied orange rind
  • 4 ounces dried cherris
  • Nonpareils

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a bain marie or double boiler (if using double boiler, keep water below the bottom of the bowl so that it is not touching), bring water to a simmer.
  2. Add chocolate and melt slowly, stiring
  3. Line the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and lightly butter the sides.
  4. Pour chocolate over and sprinkle toppings on top.
  5. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
  6. After 1 hour 45 minutes, test to see if it is set up.
  7. If so, cut with cookie cutters.
  8. If the chocolate is too hard to cut, heat cutter slightly by placing it (cutting side down) on a skillet over low heat. This will warm it just enough to cut through the set chocolate.
 And check out these just about perfect boxes I found at Michaels…in the baking section.  It’s that kismet thing again!Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

To make your Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark an even more perfect gift, I have created some tags for you to use.  

Print them on cardstock (just my humble opinion, but it does seem to me that colors print much more vibrantly on cardstock) and cut.  I used a 2.5 inch round paper punch and I love how that looks, but feel free to cut them into squares or rectangles. A paper cutter will surely make that job easier.Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

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Pin it for your future reference!Recipe for Valentine's Day Chocolate Bark, with a variety of topping options. PLUS, a free printable for Valentine's Day gift tags.

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Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Stacey
    January 10, 2017

    These look yummy and the little boxes and tags make them extra special!

    • Leave a Reply

      lynn
      January 12, 2017

      Hi Stacey, hope you are well! These were such an easy and tasty little treat…think I’m going to need to make another batch before Valentine’s Day…we are consuming them at a great rate.

      Thanks for swinging by and wishing you a wonderful Thursday.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Ellen Turner
    January 11, 2017

    i want to print your Valentine tags but…I forgot my password!
    thanks

    • Leave a Reply

      lynn
      January 12, 2017

      Hi Ellen, let me know if you didn’t receive my email.

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        Ellen Turner
        January 12, 2017

        Lynn, I did receive both of your emails with PW…but when I log in & give PW, I am only able to print
        the page that appears on the site, not a full page of tags…..& I have tried this on multiple occasions…just doesn’t
        want to work. I have printed other items off your site previously. Thanks ellen

  3. Leave a Reply

    Robin
    January 11, 2017

    I love orange and dark chocolate, so these are right up my alley! And, your tag is just perfect!

    • Leave a Reply

      lynn
      January 12, 2017

      Another reason why I like you so much! You have great taste…Isn’t orange and dark chocolate just about the most perfect combinations!?

      Happy Thursday my friend.

      Lynn

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    Liz
    January 13, 2017

    I’m a huge fan of truffles, but I love your idea of Valentine’s Day chocolate bark in heart cut-outs! Also, those printables look FABULOUS! I’m totally going to download and use them 🙂

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    Mary - the boondocks blog
    January 15, 2017

    Lynn this is really easy to make. So easy in fact that I may be tempted to make more than one batch. If my waistline keeps on expanding the way it has been lately I’ll need new clothes. It’s a good excuse to eat, right?

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      lynn
      January 16, 2017

      Oh Mary, dangerously easy! And all the toppings just make it! What’s your favorite chocolate topping?

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    Lisa at celebrate creativity
    January 16, 2017

    Lynn, these little treats are just gorgeous. I love the idea of using the cookie cutter to form the chocolate shapes. Of course, we are on the same page when it comes to the delicious combination of chocolate and orange. Your packaging is adorable too. I’m such a sucker for cute gift packaging.
    So glad I popped over to see what you were up to. Happy new year!

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      lynn
      January 16, 2017

      Hey Lisa, so happy you stopped by. Now we just need to find a time to sneak away and enjoy some dark chocolate and orange slices and chat about photography, sewing and the like! Hope you are enjoying a lovely day today!

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    February 15, 2017

    Lynn, y our delicious post has been featured over at our Valentine’s Day blog hop. Congratulations and hope you are feeling better.

    • Leave a Reply

      lynn
      February 19, 2017

      Thanks Mary! I’m thrilled to have been included with such great ideas. Hope you received lots of love on Valentines’ Day…and every day.

      Hugs, LYnn

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