Even though only 62 percent of us fess up to celebrating Valentine's day, we collectively manage to buy 58 million pounds of chocolates in the days leading up to February 14. If you're planning on indulging this year but you're in a DIY frame of mind, here are some of our favorite easy, make-ahead sweets.
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This is the prettiest kind of bark you can make since the add-ins—or as they're called in the candy world, inclusions—are just scattered on top of the melted chocolate as artfully as you like. Think of this more as a template than a mandate—you can certainly buy candied orange peels instead of making your own, you could dice them instead of leaving them in julienne strips, or you could dispense with them altogether and use freeze-dried raspberries, candied strawberries, toffee bits, pumpkin seeds, cocoa nibs, pretzel bits or sprinkles instead.
Peanut Butter Crunch