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!
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?!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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. 😉
More sweet treats for your Valentine…
And a few Valentine’s printables…