Last Minute Chocolate Valentine You Can Make Yourself
|Chocolate Bark with Smoked Salt|
For a chocolate heart I draw a heart on parchment paper, then turn it over so the chocolate never touches the ink. You can also do this on foil, and just scratch the outline of the heart. I pour the melted chocolate into the center of the heart and use a spatula to spread it to the edges in an even thickness. Then I sprinkle salt (or nuts) on top. Salt doesn't dissolve in fat (cocoa butter is what makes the melted chocolate shiny) so you can sprinkle when it looks wet. Let it firm up at room temperature - which may take up to an hour depending on the temperature of your kitchen. Then carefully peel it off the parchment. If it breaks you have two options. You can break it all up and give your sweetie chocolate bark, or you can piece it together and give him/her a chocolate heart puzzle.
I used pink salt from Australia's Murray River for the Valentine, but any salt works. I also made some chocolate bark with smoked salt, and although it tastes great it's visually less appealing because the salt is the same color as the chocolate.
I used about six ounces of dark chocolate to make a 10-inch heart. Happy Valentine's Day.