Simple, versatile chocolate bark for Valentine's

ALISON LADMAN
The Associated Press
Modified: February 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm •  Published: February 4, 2013
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photo - In this image taken on Jan. 21, 2013, four variations of Valentine's Day chocolate bark are shown in Concord, N.H. You can top the chocolate with whatever your love loves.(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Jan. 21, 2013, four variations of Valentine's Day chocolate bark are shown in Concord, N.H. You can top the chocolate with whatever your love loves.(AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Looking for an easy way to impress this Valentine's Day? Consider a simple — but still sensational — chocolate bark.

As treats go, it doesn't get much easier than this. And the best part is that there are infinite ways to personalize the bark. You know, so that you can show that you really do listen to your significant other and care enough to cater to his or her tastes.

You start with a pound of chocolate. It can be white, milk or dark. Doesn't matter. Then you add your toppings, things like nuts, coconut, dried fruit, or more creative options such as pumpkin seeds and caramel popcorn. Whatever your topping choices, look for contrasts — something crunchy, something tangy, something salty.

We've created several combinations that are rich in contrast and beautiful in appearance, but feel free to play with the toppings or to switch out the chocolate for milk or white. Of course, because it is the star of the show, be sure to use a good quality chocolate.

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VALENTINE'S DAY BARK

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Servings: 12

1 pound dark, milk or white chocolate

Start by lining a rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper. Have all your bark toppings ready before melting the chocolate.

If your chocolate is in bars or large, thick pieces, use a knife to carefully chop it up into small bits. Transfer the chocolate to a large glass measuring cup or bowl, then heat in the microwave on medium, stopping to stir every 20 to 30 seconds, until completely melted.



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