How’s that for a Monday greeting ? Dark chocolate studded with beautiful bits of fruit, bursting with natural color and perfect for gifting ❤ I mean seriously…is there a better gift than dark chocolate?! Okay, maybe diamonds, but on the I-love-you-here’s-an-edible-gift level, it is the best.
If it isn’t apparent that it is Valentine’s week I don’t know what is going to clue you in. That lovely dark chocolate staring you in the eye balls this morning is practically my kryptonite this week. I have been conjuring up ways to gift it all weekend and handing out bags with fruit chocolate bark to every unsuspecting friend I pass. Although completely simple and easy with a capital E, it is beautiful, dare I say elegant?! and will have your valentine completely impressed.
I don’t even have much of a recipe for you because this is one of those you simply can’t mess up and is totally up to you to get creative with the fruit options and even chocolate options! But if you love yourself you will use dark chocolate as it is the perfect contrast to those bits of sweet fruit.
I used fruits that were available at my grocery store but you may have some different options where you live. I went the rainbow route but all cherries would be very festive or strawberries if those aren’t a fortune where you live. My cheap self couldn’t part with the $6 dollars, but it would be stunning if you wanted to splurge and easier to make than the ever popular chocolate covered strawberries at Valentines day ?
One rule (if there are such things in dessert creations) I must be a stickler on is: Quality. There is a time and a place for store brand chocolate but this is not that time. Good quality chocolate is going to make your bark exceptional and leave everyone with chocolate-loving goose bumps (<-no? Just me?)
A fact I should also point out is that there is fruit involved…so healthy. But for argument’s sake I will resist the use of a nutrition table today. You are going to have to take my word on the whole healthy thing ??
- 1 10 oz. bag quality dark chocolate ( I used 60% cacao)
- 1-1½ cups fresh or dried fruit
- *Fruits Used in Photographs*
- 3-4 Maraschino cherries (for red color)
- 5 blackberries (sliced lengthwise)
- 1 kiwi (peeled and sliced in pieces)
- 2 tbsps. golden raisins.
- ¼ cup blueberries
- Chop fruit to desired size for placing on chocolate in whatever pattern you like and set aside.
- Add bag of chocolate to microwavable bowl and heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat process until chocolate is melted. (I did the process 3x and on the third time there were only a few chocolate chips remaining that were not melted and after a stir they were melted as well. Do not OVER melt the chocolate)
- Prepare a small baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and pour chocolate onto paper. Spread the chocolate until all is at the same thickness.
- Add fruit while chocolate is still melted, pressing pieces in slightly and then add sheet to refrigerator for 30minutes or until completely set.
- Remove and peel away from parchment paper and cut into desired pieces.
- Keep chilled as chocolate will become melty at room temperature.
*Always stir in between 30 second intervals because chocolate will continue to melt when you stir and may not need to be heated again
*Get creative with the fruit selections! I did a mixture of fresh and dried and it was perfect. When using fresh, ensure water has been removed from rinsing before adding to chocolate.