Kitchen sink chocolate bark is the perfect way to use up all of those leftover ingredients from holiday baking projects that we all have laying around. The broken candy canes, the sad marshmallows, the random tupperware of coconut….let’s turn those into a sweet Valentine’s sweet! All you need to do to make this happen is rifle through your pantry, melt some chocolate and prepare to get a little messy.
Sometimes I end up with all sorts of bits and bobs in my cupboard that are in amounts just small enough to be unusable in any specific recipe. Handfuls of leftover shredded coconut, the last bit of dried cranberries, and some semi-sad marshmallows left over from Christmas. You know what makes all these things come together to create something greater than the sum of their parts? Chocolate. Chocolate is the answer. Chocolate (also random and leftover) took all these bits and made an awesome treat with them that definitely looks intentional. Go chocolate!
That light up ampersand in the background was my Valentine’s Day present from Ovi. It’s my favorite in the collection now! Oooohhhh sparkles. The chocolate bark was my little gift to him. Judging by how he was munching and making “mmmmmm” sounds while I was taking these photos, I think he approves. We’re simple folk.
Tower-o-chocolate. You need this in your life. Non-bakers rejoice, this one is fool proof. It’s impossible to muss this one up.
- 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon of flavorless oil to temper the chocolate (vegetable, canola, peanut)
- All the random stuff in your cupboards. Use up all of the things.
- Melt all but a small handful of chocolate over a double boiler, and stir until smooth and glossy.
- Stir in reserved chocolate until melted
- Line a dish with parchment or sil-pat and spread half the chocolate on the bottom
- Top chocolate with your fillings of choice and gently press down to adhere them to the bottom layer.
- Top with remaining chocolate and spread with a spatula to even it out
- Allow chocolate to harden at room temp, and slice with a sharp knife into squares.
- The bark cuts easier when at room temp. If you try to cut it when cold, it has the tendency to shatter.
These are things I have around all the time. I eat a ton of raw almonds (YUM), and cranberries for snacks. I really wanted to add something with a little salt. Maybe some popcorn or pretzels next time? It’s an “anything goes” recipe. Hooray for flexibility.
Coarse chop those almonds, and take a picture of them like a doofus. Of course.
This was pretty convenient. I LOVE my knock-off brand silpat. It’s wonderful.
Layer it up.
I love how the light flares made little hearts here! How appropriate.
Happy Valentine’s Day friends! Do something small and goofy for your significant other. I love the cheesiness of this hallmark holiday. Pink hearts, glitter, and chocolate for everyone!