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Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark features smooth semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzel sticks, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles for a fun and tasty homemade candy treat!

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy! | FiveHeartHome.com

I apologize for two candy recipes in the same number of weeks, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I apparently have chocolate on the brain. I promise that there’s a dinner recipe coming up on the roster later this week! 😉 But in the meantime, how gorgeous and yummy is this Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark?!

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy! | FiveHeartHome.com

If you’ve never made chocolate bark, it’s only one of the simplest homemade candies to make…ever. No standing over the stove stirringstirringstirring, no candy thermometers, no soft ball or hard crack stages to assess. Rather, it’s just a matter of melting, spreading, sprinkling, and chilling. And what’s especially fun about bark is that it’s so darn customizable!

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy! | FiveHeartHome.com I shared a scrumptious Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark around St. Patrick’s Day last year. So almost a year later, I think that it’s high time for another bark, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! I decided to swirl semi-sweet and white chocolate together as the base, because I figure if one is good, both are better. I also thought it would be fun to incorporate pretzels this time — because I’m always a sucker for sweet + salty — as well as some cute V-Day sprinkles.

But then one day last week, as I was flipping through my latest issue of Food Network magazine, I came across a page where they were adding freeze-dried strawberries to homemade candies. And seeing as how my 2-year-old has a freeze-dried strawberry addiction and I already have a big ol’ bag of them in my pantry, I thought that would be the perfect addition to bring a pop of Valentine red to my swirly pretzel bark! As an added bonus, the slightly tart strawberries bring a nice balance to the aforementioned salty/sweet combo already going on. I’m telling you, if chocolate-covered strawberries and pretzel bark had a baby, this would be it.

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy! | FiveHeartHome.com This treat is super easy to throw together, y’all, and it’s a great cooking project for involving the kiddos. Simply melt semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls at the same time. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and Baker’s white chocolate baking bars (not an ad…I just love how smoothly that brand of white chocolate melts).

You could certainly melt your chocolates simultaneously using the double-broiler method on the stove. But I find it easier to alternate the two bowls in the microwave…one minute for the semi-sweet chocolate, stir. Then one minute for the white chocolate, stir. Then 30 seconds for the semi-sweet chocolate, stir again. And 30 seconds for the white chocolate, stir again. I think you get the point…keep alternating the bowls in the microwave and stirring until everything is smooth and melted. I typically find that white chocolate takes slightly less time to melt than semi-sweet chocolate, so just watch everything carefully. The key is to have both types of chocolate melted and ready to go at about the same time.

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy! | FiveHeartHome.com Then it’s time to spread the majority of the semi-sweet chocolate onto a prepared baking sheet, dollop it with the white chocolate, and then dollop the remaining semi-sweet on top of the white. After that comes the fun part…simply swirl with a toothpick to your little heart’s content! And finally, working quickly while the chocolate is still soft, arrange your pretzels and strawberries on top of the swirled chocolate and finish off with sprinkles. Chill, cut, and enjoy!

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy! | FiveHeartHome.com

Well, I think I’ve given you enough recent chocolate recipes to get you through until Valentine’s Day, between this Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark, last week’s 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups, and the Fluffy Chocolate Fruit Dip posted earlier this month. But now I’m curious…which one are you most eager to try? And if you answer ‘all three,’ no worries…your secret’s safe with me. 😉

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark ~ semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzels, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles combine in this fun and tasty homemade candy! | FiveHeartHome.com

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark

Strawberry Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark features smooth semi-sweet and white chocolate, salty pretzel sticks, tart strawberries, and festive sprinkles for a fun and tasty homemade candy treat!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars (such as Baker's)
  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries (such as Just Strawberries)
  • 1/2 cup salted pretzel sticks
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips in one microwave-safe bowl. Chop white chocolate baking bar into small pieces and place in another microwave-safe bowl. Microwave semi-sweet chocolate chips for 1 minute; stir chocolate well. Microwave for another 30 seconds; stir until chocolate is smooth. (If necessary, microwave in additional 15-second increments, stirring between each one, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.)
  3. Melt white chocolate by repeating the above process, but microwave for only 15 seconds after the initial 1 minute since white chocolate melts more quickly than regular chocolate.
  4. Spread about 3/4 of the melted semi-sweet chocolate in a thin layer onto prepared baking sheet, forming a rough rectangle that measures about 9- by 12-inches. Dollop the melted white chocolate on top. Spoon the remaining semi-sweet chocolate onto the centers of the white chocolate dollops. Use a toothpick to swirl the semi-sweet and white chocolates together.
  5. Immediately arrange pretzel sticks onto the swirled chocolate. Fill in the spaces between the pretzels with the strawberries. Sprinkle the entire surface with sprinkles, pressing them lightly into the chocolate, if necessary.
  6. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 45 minutes. Slide wax/parchment paper onto a cutting board and cut bark into pieces. Serve immediately or store in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator.

Notes

The semi-sweet and white chocolates need to be melted and ready to go at about the same time, so I like to alternate them in the microwave (heat semi-sweet bowl for 1 minute, stir; exchange bowls and heat white chocolate bowl for 1 minute, stir; exchange bowls again and heat semi-sweet for 30 seconds, stir; then white chocolate again, and repeat until both bowls of chocolate are melted and smooth).

Alternatively, you may melt the chocolates simultaneously in two double-boilers on the stove.

You may use white chocolate chips instead of baking bars. Just be careful to heat in short increments and stir frequently, stopping when white chocolate is just melted and smooth.

You may break this bark into chunks if you wish. However, if you prefer to cut it into neat pieces, I find that making it on a rimless cookie sheet allows me to easily slide the wax/parchment paper directly onto a cutting board for cutting. If you do use a rimless baking sheet, just be sure to hold on to the wax/parchment paper as you transfer the bark between the counter and the fridge, or the whole thing might slide to the floor!

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And a few Valentine’s printables

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  1. I am seriously dying over how good this looks… so pretty and I am sure it is mighty tasty!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Carrie! And yes…it is definitely tasty! It really does remind me of a chocolate-covered strawberry, with a little hit of salt from the pretzels. Now excuse me while I go hunt down another piece… 😉

  2. I love chocolate-covered strawberries, so I can only imagine how delicious this chocolate and strawberry bark is!! Plus pretzels! Oh yum!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Emily…yum is a good word to describe this treat. 😉 Hope you have a chance to try it!

  3. Oh my Heavens! What a gorgeous looking treat. No one could resist it. Plus strawberries just goes
    together with chocolate as you know. Then the crisp of the pretzel. Delectable!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Carol! This is definitely my favorite new sweet treat. And who needs Valentine’s Day…I’ll be making it year-round! 😉 Hope you’re doing well and staying warm!

  4. Prettiest bark EVER! Seriously, the photos look fantastic–like art you would frame.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Julia…thank you! I will admit, though, that this bark was infinitely more fun to photograph than something like sloppy joes… 😉

  5. These look so amazing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Jenn! This was a really fun recipe to make (and eat — ha)! 😉 Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by!

  6. The strawberries and chocolate are the perfect combo for Valentines Day, and your bark is gorgeous! I would love if you would drop by and share this at Celebrate It! Blog Party. It is where we celebrate the big and small moments of our everyday lives!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Teri, for the sweet comment and the link party invite. Heading over now… 🙂

  7. This is so pretty! I made peppermint bark for the first time this Christmas and couldn’t believe how simple it was. I will definitely be trying this out! Thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Tara! Bark is definitely easy to make, and I always think it’s fun to come up with different variations. 🙂 Hope you enjoy this one if you have a chance to try it!

  8. This looks so yummy! I love that it is something different to have for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing at the Motivational Monday Link Party!

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

  9. Visiting from Saturday Night Fever. I like how you’ve used freeze dried strawberries for this bark, it really looks wonderful. I would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Have a great day!

  10. This is seriously one of the prettiest treats I’ve ever seen!!! I’ve only made peppermint bark and never really thought of trying other flavors until now! Must try soon 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Megan…thank you! It’s definitely fun to experiment with different flavors and add-ins when making bark. Hope you have a chance to give this one a try…and that you love it if you do! 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  11. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this awesome blog post with us on #PureBlogLove Link Party! I can’t wait to see what you bring to the party next. I adore this blog and super excited.

    Join us this Thursday 8pm est- Monday 10 am est to celebrate!
    Besos
    Heidy

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for hosting and for stopping by, Heidy…hope you’re having a great week! 🙂

  12. These is just stunning Samantha! It looked like you had fun creating all those pretty swirls. Also looks like you have some mad knife cutting skills! Pinned and featuring on SNF.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Laura! You’re right…I did have fun creating those swirls! 😉 And to be honest, I don’t know how I didn’t crack it when I was cutting it…I think I got lucky and it was chilled juuuust enough. I really appreciate the pin and the feature…hopping over to link up now to this week’s party (I wasn’t home last night at the time I usually link up). 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  13. So glad that you stopped by our party. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  14. I have no words to describe how amazing this looks! I make strawberry pretzel salad using chocolate covered pretzles and this might be better than that! Yummo! Thanks for sharing at totally terrific tuesday! I hope you make it back monday at 10pm to link up more amazing goodies for us!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Jess

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      What a great idea to make strawberry pretzel salad using chocolate covered pretzels, Jessica…wow! This definitely sounds like the candy bark equivalent of that. 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting and for stopping by…hope you have a great week!

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