This easy to make chocolate bark is the perfect sweet treat to give to your Valentine, Also a great idea for wedding favours.
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Choose the decorations you want to include in your chocolate bark, such as sprinkles, sweets, marshmallows, crushed biscuits etc. and prepare them before beginning (You will need to add them before the chocolate starts setting!)
Line a square or oblong tin, Approx. 8" with greaseproof paper and leave to one side.
Firstly you will need to temper the chocolate to ensure a shiny finish and a crisp clean snap on the chocolate.
Tempering white chocolate:
Take 300g chocolate and place in a bowl over hot water, or in a double boiler.
Using a thermometer, gently heat until temperature reaches 45°C. Immediately remove from heat and add an additional 100g chocolate, stirring until temperature drops to 26°C.
You then need to increase the chocolate to a working temperature of 28°C, by returning briefly to the heat. Maintain this temperature while working with the chocolate.
Once you have tempered the chocolate it will be ready to use. To colour the chocolate divide ½ into two small bowls, colour one with the Pale Pink dusting powder and the other with the Poppy Red.
Mix well to ensure colour has taken to the chocolate before adding both back into the original bowl (containing the plain white chocolate). Lightly swirl the Red and Pink coloured chocolate in to create a marble effect then add into your lined tin.
Add your chosen decorations (sprinkles, marshmallows, crushed biscuits etc.) on top of the chocolate before it sets and then leave in the fridge for 10 mins.
Once fully set you can break the bark into pieces and add to the top of a Valentines celebration cake or cupcakes, Or why not add a few pieces into one of our heart printed gift bags, tie with a pretty ribbon and give to your loved one as the perfect homemade Valentines gift!
You could also use milk or dark chocolate but this cannot be coloured.