A sweet and salty combination for your Valentine, made with semi-sweet chocolate, pretzels, M&Ms and sprinkles.
Ever since the days of high school boyfriends, I’ve always been into making something sweet for my Valentine. My first attempt at Valentine’s baking for a boyfriend was heart shaped chocolate chip cookies which turned out looking like weird blobs. Not necessarily appealing, but they tasted good :). Trust me, I’ve gotten a bit better since then.
Both MJD and I are big fans of the sweet and salty combination, so I like think of different ways to incorporate that beyond Chocolate Covered Pretzels (which he loves!). I had the idea to make a Valentine’s Day Pretzel Bark and it turned out so yummy and absolutely adorable- I couldn’t wait to share it with each of you. It’s like a chocolate bar, with salty pretzels, even more chocolate from the M&M’s and then topped off with the cutest colored sprinkles you could find. Perfect for any sweet and salty loving Valentine!
In my post earlier this week, I wrote about how I think it’s really fun to celebrate everyone you love on Valentine’s Day, not just your significant other. My Sweet and Salty Valentine’s Day Pretzel Bark would make the perfect homemade gift for your galentines too! I mean, what girl doesn’t love chocolate and the color pink? You can package up the bark in some cute treat bags (I fell in love with the ones shown here from Tar-jay), seal it with some pink washii tape- and just like that you are the best galantine around! I also think this bark would be super cute as part of a candy bar at a Valentine’s Day brunch. Inspiration for next year, I guess 🙂
Try the recipe below for your Valentine and let me know what they think. Sending you all virtual (early) Valentine’s Day wishes and some sweet and salty pretzel bark to celebrate too!
Do you like to cook or bake for your Valentine?
Makes one baking sheet of bark
- 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I use Ghiradelli bars)
- 2 cups tiny pretzel twists
- 1/2 of a cup Valentine’s Day colored M&Ms (you can add more if you want!)
- Valentine’s Day colored sprinkles to top
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a double boiler or microwaving in 20 second increments, melt the semi-sweet chocolate until completely melted.
Slowly pour melted chocolate onto prepared baking sheet, spreading it evenly.
Top the chocolate with pretzel twists. Feel free to use broken pieces, as well as whole pretzels- I think this keeps it interesting 😉
After adding pretzels, top chocolate in between pretzels with M&Ms.
Add sprinkles on top to cover up any remaining blank patches of chocolate.
Place baking sheet in refrigerator and allow bark to set for at least 3 hours before removing.
Once set, remove bark from refrigerator and break into pieces. (I think the more uneven the better!)
Share the sweet and salty treat with your Valentine!