Since Valentine’s Day is all about candy I couldn’t resist making my own! Again, I wanted to do something different. I love the combination of savory and sweet and this recipe lends itself perfectly to it.
Preparation: Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper with a one-inch overhang on each side.
16 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate
4 Cups Mini Marshmallows
1 Cup Caramel (Recipe Below)
1 Cup spiced Bacon Crumble (Recipe Below)
Instructions; Chocolate: Melt Chocolate and pour onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate into a ¼ layer. Place in freezer for about 5 minutes or until chocolate has hardened.
Instructions; Marshmallow: Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe dish. About 45 seconds. Stir in 4 cups of mini marshmallows until coated. Heat for 1 minute. Stir marshmallows until they are barely melted. Spread mixture over the hardened chocolate. Let the marshmallow and chocolate layers sit until marshmallow is cool.
Instructions; Spiced Bacon Crumble:
16 oz Bacon Cooked and crumbled
2 Teaspoons Brown sugar
¼ Teaspoon Cayenne pepper
Fresh Ground Black Pepper to Taste
Place crumbled bacon pieces on a microwave safe plate. Sprinkle brown sugar, cayenne pepper and black pepper over bacon. Toss to coat. Microwave bacon mixture for three 30 second increments to combine the spice mixture. Toss after each increment. Set aside until ready to use.
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
4 tablespoon butter
7 tablespoon heavy cream
Place sugar and water in a pot over medium low heat. No not stir. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Now and then, using the handle, give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter and heavy cream to saucepan. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine. Let caramel cool for about 10-15 minutes. Pour caramel over the cooled marshmallow and spread evenly. Immediately spread crumbled bacon on top of caramel mixture. Press down so bacon sticks to caramel.
Place bark into the freezer to set. About 20 minutes. Using a sharp knife cut the bark into desired pieces and ENJOY!