Baking with kids: Valentine’s Chocolate Bark

This is fun to make with children and as it does consist entirely of sugary treats – chocolate, sweets and popcorn – it is a nice thing to make as a gift for friends or teachers! It’s an easy no-bake recipe.

This is a treat known as chocolate bark – a slab of chocolate with toppings and since we went with a Valentine’s theme, using pink food colouring to make the white chocolate pink and adding heart shaped sweets and marshmallows, as well as Smarties and popcorn, I’m calling it Valentine’s chocolate bark.

You need:

300g white chocolate

Pink food colouring

Handful of gummy sweets – I used Haribo Heart Throbs which are usually part of their star mix but you can buy them separately especially at this time of year – I got a box in Poundland Handful of Smarties or M&Ms. I was going to just pick out the pink smarties from a sharing bag I had but my daughter ate most of them!

Handful of popcorn

Handful of marshmallows – I used heart shaped marshmallows that I got from Flying Tiger

Line a small square baking pan with greaseproof paper. Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie or in the microwave and stir in a couple of drops of pink food colouring.

Pour the melted chocolate into your prepared tin and sprinkle liberally with sweets, marshmallows and popcorn. Put in the fridge until set.

When the chocolate has set hard, remove from the pan and peel off the greaseproof paper. Carefully cut into chunks – I found the easiest way was inserting the point of a dinner knife and pressing down and the chocolate broke itself into random shaped chunks. We made these as a valentines baking activity on the weekend before Valentine’s Day and packaged these up in a pretty box for my daughter to give to her nursery teachers on February 14th.

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