I am not entirely certain how this year has started moving so quickly, already. New Years resolutions are old news - even those made for the Lunar New Year - and Valentines Day is this weekend. Whether you are celebrating with the love of your life, some cutie whom you just met, or a best friend, this commercialized holiday can tend towards expensive and overwhelming. Even as a lucky woman who is in a very solid relationship, I have a hard time getting excited about celebrating love by spending money. However, I have absolutely no problem with chocolate, hand made cards, and spending quality time together! This spicy, sexy chocolate bark makes for a fun V-Day activity or gift for your loved ones, and if you need some more ideas, you can head over to The Note Passer's guide to Valentines Day Experiences :)
Spicy & Sweet, White & Dark Chocolate Bark
Assemby time: 30 minutes. Set time: 60 minutes.
- Dark chocolate
- White chocolate
- 2 Thai chilis
- 2 tbsp dried goji berries
- 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (can be fresh, frozen, or dried)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Chop dark and white chocolate separately into small chunks. Set aside into bowls.
- Create a double boiler by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and setting a smaller pot or glass bowl inside. Don't let the water get in the smaller vessel and don't let it touch the sides or bottom of the larger pot.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add dark chocolate and 1 tbsp coconut oil to the smaller vessel of your double boiler. Allow to melt while stirring.
- When completely melted, pour onto your baking pan and spread evenly with the back of a spoon.
- Before dark chocolate cools and hardens, wash the small vessel of your double boiler and add white chocolate as well as the second tbsp of coconut oil. Allow to melt while stirring.
- When completely melted, pour over your dark chocolate sheet as evenly as possible. Gently drag the the tip of a knife or spoon through the two layers of chocolate, creating as many swirly shapes as you like.
- Chop goji berries and Thai chilies into small pieces and sprinkle over swirled chocolate. Press sliced strawberries into the chocolate as well.
- Allow to cool at room temperature then transfer to the refrigerator to set for at least 60 minutes and overnight if possible.
- Chop into large chunks and enjoy!
I am not a professional baker, confectioner, or chocolatier. Therefore, I had no idea that chocolate needs to be heated to a specific temperature in order to avoid the "bloom" that creates little speckles in the chocolate bark. These spots are merely the result of fats being distributed unevenly throughout the chocolate and affect the texture of the bark, but not the taste. In upcoming chocolate experiments, I'll be avoiding bloom by using a thermometer to melt my chocolate between 86*F and 90*F!
Do you have any delicious chocolate recipes, tips or tricks? What are you doing with your loves this Valentines Day?