I don’t really go in for the whole Valentine’s Day experience. It’s what I call a Hallmark holiday, invented by card and candy companies to move product. On the other hand, I’ll take any excuse to eat chocolate… not that I need one. Whether you’re looking for a quick treat for yourself, your loved one, or want to give it away as gourmet gifts, this recipe for peanut butter bark is delicious and darn easy to boot.
Just how easy is it? To give you an idea, I invented it this past Saturday, probably between 11 and midnight, in the middle of a [paused] movie. What can I say? B wanted something sweet and crunchy, and I wanted to deliver. And in this case, it was easy: it only takes about 5 minutes of active work (plus time to set).
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter
Separately, melt 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips and all the white chocolate chips. Stir peanut butter into white chocolate chips and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with waxed paper. Pour white chocolate/peanut butter mixture onto it and spread into a square (about 8-9 inches on a side). Pour the dark chocolate over top and drag the edge of a spatula or knife through to swirl the two layers together. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips evenly throughout. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firmly set. (The bark should snap easily when bent.) Break it into chunks and keep in a sealed container in the fridge.
If you’re gifting this bark, fill recycled (washed) jars with pieces, cover the lid with a piece of fabric, and then tie a ribbon around the top. Voilà! A sweet new take on the flavors of everyone’s favorite peanut butter cups, with a satisfying crunch. Nobody need ever know it took you all of 5 minutes to make.
And for those of you who enjoy it… Happy Valentine’s Day!