Monday, February 11, 2013

XOXO...Cherry Valentine Bark

Have I told you how much I love the color pink? If you couldn't already tell by my blog background, or my continual use of the color in my baking, I absolutely adore pink. I just love the fun and feminine quality the color possesses. All of my baking utensils are pretty much pink. When you think about it from a psychological standpoint, it seems to really describe my life and personality. I have never been one to blend in. I have always preferred to stand out in my fashion choices, and lifestyle. I  have always followed the beat of my own drum. I guess you could call me a bit of a free-spirit. I tend to follow my passions and beliefs, rather than going along with what everyone else is doing. Instead of choosing the neutral colors of white and black, I tend to gravitate to bright pink.

When I was shopping for baking supplies the other day, I came across some hot pink baking chips. They were so bright and vivid, that I instantly grabbed them and put them in my basket. You cannot get much brighter than these pink baking chips, but that is why I love them. They stand out and are as girly as can be. I knew they would be perfect for Valentine's Day. I also, already had some neon pink disco dust, I had been saving for something special.

I have made chocolate bark on my blog before, and decided it was time to make a different kind. This is a double layer bark, that uses two types of chocolate. You can add pretty much any flavor, but since it is almost Valentine's Day, cherry seems only logical. This bark is very easy to make, and is pretty much fool-proof if you follow the necessary steps.

You will need: 12 oz. milk or dark chocolate, 12 oz white chocolate, cherry oil (don't use extract, it will seize the chocolate), sprinkles, disco or luster dust (optional) 
Melt chocolate in 30 second intervals, and spread
on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Put in
refrigerator until chocolate sets. 
Take out baking sheet, and allow it to get to room temperature.
Otherwise, the next layer will not adhere to the chocolate,
and will separate from the other layer when you try to break it.
Melt white chocolate/baking chips in 30 second intervals.
Be very careful not to burn it, since white chocolate is very touchy. 
Stir in 1/4-1/2tsp of cherry oil to melted baking chips.
Spread over the first chocolate layer. Work
quickly, because white chocolate dries much more quickly. 
Top with sprinkles and disco dust. Put back in the refrigerator to
allow the chocolate to set. Break into pieces and serve.

Recipe adapted from: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


Amanda said...

This looks like a super fun homemade Valentine's Day gift.

Whitney said...

I so wish I would have seen this post before Valentine's Day. I would have totally loved to try it. I guess I can do a mint green for St. Patrtick's Day. Love the glitter!

Emily said...

This looks great! Where can you find cherry oil?

Gourmet_Gal said...

Thanks Emily! You can find cherry oil at craft stores like Hobby Lobby. They usually come in a package. It can also be found at most grocery stores in the baking aisle. Online cake supply shops also carry them. I have a link on my Other sites page. Hope that helps!

Amy said...

Love the glitter. Your touches add so much to your recipes!