Cherry Almond Chocolate Bark

Cherry Almond Bark

     As a kid, I used to love chocolate covered cherries.  They were my second favorite candies after chocolate covered caramels.  Each Valentine’s Day, I would wake and search the house anxiously to see if my parents  surprised me with a velvety heart-shaped box full of fancy chocolates.  My friends would come to school and talk about the multi-tiered boxes already presented to them by their parents.  I would be a bit envious, I admit.  But I just knew that when I came home, my chocolate treasures would be waiting for me.  Sadly, my parents never bought into the hype.  No chocolate covered caramels, no chocolate smothered cherries.

     I knew in my heart that store-bought chocolates really had nothing to do with how much my parents loved me.  It was more a matter of thriftiness.  Now that I have my own kids, I am determined to present each of my kids with a  heart box full of chocolates each Valentine’s day.  I’ll be thrifty in other ways.  While I bake loads of goodies for my kids each week  there’s just something about getting a box full of chocolates.  I just can’t resist them.  What can I say, I’m sentimental I guess.  And, well, I sort of hope they share.

     I found these cherry flavored M & M’s and fell in love.  They are bigger than your every day M & M and full of cherry cordial flavor!  I added dried cherries to intensify the cherry flavor.  Almonds  pair nicely with cherries and add a nice crunch to the whole cherry, chocolate mix.  My husband went nuts (no pun intended) over this bark!   I went nuts over this bark!  It actually got me thinking.  I don’t need to have the kids share their chocolates with me anymore.  With this bark,  the need to pick through their heart boxes in search of those coveted chocolate covered cherries has been eliminated.   Which means I can buy them smaller boxes.  How thrifty of me.

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Cherry Almond Chocolate Bark
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 9.9 oz bag cherry flavored M & Ms
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper, set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in 30 second intervals until smooth. Spread onto wax paper.
  2. In another bowl, melt white chocolate chips. Drop white chocolate by spoonfuls onto semi sweet chocolate. With a toothpick, carefully swirl both chocolates. Gently press almonds, cherries and M & M’s onto chocolate. Place in refrigerator to set, about 20 minutes. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

 

I’ll be sharing this recipe with these fabulous sites as well as to: Jam Hands, The DIY Dreamer and

30 Responses

  1. I bought those cherry mms last year and we still have them up in the cupboard. Needless to say I bought too many or we didn’t like them. I will have to pass on this recipe. It is pretty though!!

    • I have regular Valentine’s Day M & M’s from last year. May as well just eat them!

  2. LOVE your little heart shaped dish! And YUM those cherry flavored M&Ms sound irristible! Never seen em, I’ll be on the lookout. Also eyeing that butterfinger bark :)

    • Get to Target Desi and buy the cherry M & M’s before they are gone! You’ll love them. Yes, the Butterfinger bark may be my favorite!

  3. Isn’t it funny how our parents shaped us? I buy Jordan expensive American Girl Dolls because I had 7 fake Cabbage Patch Dolls before I had one real one and oh the teasing at the daycare! :) This bark is so pretty!

    • This comment has me in stitches!! I never had any “real” dolls either! And don’t get me started on clothes! I was never the cool kid!

  4. This is such a pretty Valentine’s treat! I love it :)

  5. This bark sounds really good, Tanya. I’ve never seen cherry M&Ms, though I wish I had. I’m going to look for them now. Cherry and chocolate go so well together and, like you, chocolate covered cherries were a childhood favorite. (Pssst. They still are.) :)

    • Target John!!! Now I know what to get your for Christmas! Thanks John!

  6. Diana Rambles

    I just bought M&Ms this morning and wish I had picked the cherry ones!! Love cherries & almonds!

    • You have to go back and buy cherry before they are gone! They are delicious!

  7. I wish I could taste it. I know I’d LOVE it
    Unfortunately we don’t have here cherry flavored M & Ms

    • I have to send you a care package Winnie!

    • Thanks for stopping by and for pinning Brenda!

  8. Christine

    I gotta have some!!! YUMMY!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

  9. Debbie

    Just made the bark~ it is so pretty and yummy!! Sending it as part of a valetine’s package for my son who lives 5 hours away. I had a time finding the M&M’s and then got home, had cranberries instead of cherries!!! But made it anyway ~ thanks

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