More than 58 million pounds or 340 million dollars worth of chocolate is purchased the week leading up to Valentine’s Day! Those number’s only represent the chocolate sold here in America. I wonder how many of those chocolate candies will have a finger poked through the bottom of them?! On Valentine’s Day, when I was a kid, my father would bring a huge box of chocolates for my mother and a small one for me. I would tear off the top of that heart shaped box and dive right in. I liked anything with caramel and or nuts. I would turn the piece of candy over and poke my finger into the bottom to see if it had a fruit filling. (I didn’t eat those) Sometimes, I would take the pieces I liked from my mother’s box and replace them with all the ones I didn’t like.
One year, my father being wise to my antics, brought home a box of candy that was half filled with almond bark and the other with chocolate covered brazil nuts. I was in pure nut heaven!! It was the happiest Valentine’s Day ever. I think this is where my love of bark stems from. When I buy candy, I go to a chocolate shop in NYC, called Lilac, which sells the best damn almond bark I’ve ever tasted! It’s the kind of candy that you think one piece will satisfy you, but one if never, ever, ever enough!. If I can’t get to Lilac, I make my own. Of course Lilac has a special blend of choloate made just for them, but there is something to be said about making things at home. When you give a gift that you make, it’s special because you put the time and effort that comes from the heart.
Chocolate, hearts and flowers all say Valentine’s Day. Show someone that you care, by making them a batch of homemade chocolate. This recipe for WHITE CHOCOLATE ALMOND ROSE BARK is Valentine’s Day in one bite. It’s a simple almond bark recipe that I took to the next level by adding a drop of rose water for a subtle floral taste. One of the good things about bark is that there will be no finger poking in the candy. What you see is what you get…deliciousness!Pin It