Tobins' Tastes: Red Velvet M&M Valentine's Day Bark

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Red Velvet M&M Valentine's Day Bark

Rich creamy chocolate bark topped with Red Velvet M&M's and an excessive amount of sprinkles. It's almost as over the top as Valentine's Day at a high school. 

Can you believe Valentine's Day is less than a month away? I haven't even fully finished putting my Christmas decorations away yet but already my Pinterest and social media newsfeeds are full of candy hearts and excessive amounts of pink sprinkles. My local stores actually had Valentine's Day Candy out on display as early as January 2nd so true to form, it's time for me to start sharing some limited edition holiday flavored candy treats with you.

Since Justin and I spent the first 5 years of our relationship living in different cities, Valentine's Day was something we always celebrated a little bit early or a little bit late. In fact we spent our first 7 Valentine's Days apart either due to distance or his shift schedule as a firefighter. We had actually been married for over a year before we got to celebrate together on February 14th. So the day always passed with little fan fare for me. Until I started teaching high school.

Do you remember Valentine's Day as a teenager? No? Let me refresh your memory: Huge stuffed animals that get carried from class to class, balloon bouquets, messages written on car windshields, roses left on homeroom desks, massive glittery cards, way too expensive gifts for people who probably don't have jobs, and so much sugar you get physically ill by the time the 2:30 bell rings simply from being around it all day.

There are happy tears, sad tears, why does he love her more than me tears, stories about how sweet it is that he brought me Dunkin Donuts for us to romantically share in the parking lot before school, oohs and aahhs, and death stares. Sound about right?

 It is one of my favorite days of the school year simply because I enjoy watching the romance and the drama unfold.

And while that may sound a little bit over the top, I assure you it is about 97% factual. You know what else is a little bit over the top in the best possible way? This Red Velvet M&M Bark.

This bark is made just like any other traditional bark but I added a little red food coloring to the white chocolate part and then topped it with crushed Red Velvet M&M's and an absurd amount of Valentine's Day sprinkles. It was creamy, crunchy, rich and had the perfect amount of sweetness. I apologize for the picture overload but the color combo was just too cute not to photograph in excess.

Red Velvet M&M Bark
  • 1 pound good melting chocolate ( bars, chips, melts)
  • 1 pound good melting white chocolate
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 cup of crushed Red Velvet M&M's
  • Valentine's Day themed sprinkles
 1.) Using whatever method you prefer, melt your chocolate and pour/spread it evenly on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or wax paper.

2.) Let that layer sit while you melt your white chocolate. Once the white chocolate is melted stir inred food  coloring until it reaches your desired shade.

3.) Pour/spread the white chocolate over the regular chocolate layer.

4.) Top with crushed Red Velvet M&M's and sprinkles.

5.) Refrigerate until completely set. Break into bite sized pieces and enjoy.

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