This Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Bark is a fantastic treat for Valentine’s Day and it uses two of my favorite food groups – strawberries and cheesecake 😉
This was the first thing in a long time I have made with all the kids that was completely stress free. I didn’t find myself saying once – no you can’t do it that way! Which is huge because the last time I tried to cook my three-year old tried to help by adding crayons to the casserole. We had so much fun making this Valentine’s Day Bark and it is just about impossible to mess up!
Now getting these photos was not as easy as making this dessert. I had no clue that pink foods were so difficult to photograph! I can honestly say though that I was able to stand on a chair and take pictures while my kids decorated the chocolate bark without them messing it up (or me falling off the chair)…
This dessert would be perfect for kids to make at a party or sleepover, it would even be fun to take to a potluck. We had guests over shortly after making this and my kids were absolutely thrilled to show off what they had made.
Ingredients Needed for Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Bark
- Strawberry Wafers (buy here)
- Cheesecake Candy Wafers (made by ChocoMaker)
- Cream Cheese
- Valentine’s Day M&M’s (buy here)
- Valentine’s Day Sprinkles (buy here)
Edit: I have gotten a couple of questions about where to find the cheesecake wafers and when my online search turned up empty I emailed Chocomaker to figure this one out. Turns out that the wafers that I had found at Walmart were a seasonal product, but that you can still make this recipe without them! If you cannot find cheesecake flavored wafers use a vanilla wafer (which means you can make this just about any color!) and add in a flavoring oil such as this
one. Happy baking!!
It seemed like every single candy bark recipe I looked up called for Oreos. Now I love Oreos, but we didn’t have any in the house and I wasn’t about to pack up 4 small kids and run to the store just for a pack of Oreos. What I did have in the house though were a bunch of Strawberry Wafers. Honestly I am a bit addicted to those at the moment. And just like that curiosity got me and we gave making a candy bark with wafers a try.
I love using my Ninja 2-in-1 Blender and quite honestly look for any excuse to do so. I also don’t like crusts that are too crunchy. So, we started by blending up the wafer cookies until they were a powder. The problem with this is that they were a powder. Unlike the Oreos they had no sticky power when blended that would have come from the marshmallow center. To fix this we added 4oz. of cream cheese and mixed thoroughly.
Once all mixed up we lined a cookie sheet with wax paper and sprinkled the wafer mixture over the entire sheet. The kids had fun smooshing it down to make sure it was evenly covered.
While the kids patted that down I microwaved the cheesecake chips in a glass bowl for one minute. That was about all it took for it to reach a nice smooth texture. Once fully melted we just simply poured that on top of the wafers and spread it out.
And then let the kiddos decorate with M&M’s and sprinkles.
- Cheesecake Candy Wafers, 1 pound
- Strawberry Wafer Cookies, 1 package
- Cream Cheese, 4 ounces
- M&M's, as desired
- Sprinkles, as desired
- In a blender mix up the strawberry wafers and cream cheese until it is similar to a dough to create the crust.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Fill the bottom of the baking sheet with the wafer/cream cheese mixture, spread evenly, and press it down.
- In a glass bowl microwave your cheesecake candy melts for 1 minute. Stir. If not melted smooth microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in-between until smooth.
- Pour the melted candy bark over the wafer/cream cheese crust.
- Top with M&M's and sprinkle!
- Set aside until firm and enjoy!