Valentine's Day Cake with Ocho Chocolates

*Disclosure: I was provided complimentary samples in order to facilitate my review. These are my opinions and experiences and yours may differ. Post may contain affiliate links.*

Ocho is a candy company that makes chocolate bars. 
(Excerpt from their website:)
OCHO Candy was created to provide candy lovers with a delicious, organic alternative to traditional candy bars. We use the finest ingredients and hand craft our bars so that you can taste the difference in every bite.

  • We believe in the candy bar – candy bars should be fun and delicious.
  • We believe that our customers should not have to eat candy bars that have preservatives, additives and artificial flavors.
  • We believe small is the new big – our bars are a bit smaller in size, but bigger in taste, freshness and fine ingredients.
  • We believe that candy bars should be made by candy makers and confectioners and not by large conglomerates.
  • We believe that being passionate about making delicious, organic candy bars is our most important ingredient.
The candy is handcrafted in Northern California. All products are organic, gluten free, and made from fair trade chocolate. The coconut bar is also vegan.

I was sent a variety of bars to try out and decided to make a Valentine's Day treat with them.

I was sent a box with caramel & peanut, coconut, dark coffee, peanut butter, and mocha bars. I used peanut butter, coconut, and caramel & peanut bars in my recipe.

I melted all of the bars in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then mixed them in with a cake mix. I used the Pillsbury Valentine's whoopie pie kit. I only used the cake mix out of the box and followed the directions. I mixed the bard in after melted with my electric mixer. Then I baked the cake according to the box directions. I was going to make a from scratch vanilla mix but decided the chocolate would be better with the bars. 

Thankfully I had a neighbor with a heart shaped pan. The pan was not very deep (another reason we used the box mix) so it was almost like making brownies. After the cake was cooked and cooled we used some pink frosting and the sprinkles from the box on it.

We were very unsure of how this would turn out but it was so yummy! Even my husband who does not usually eat sweets liked it. I think the Ocho bars mixed well and were very flavorful. I like that each bite you take you may find coconut or even a peanut. I have a few bars left but they will eaten whole. The chocolate is really good and we are enjoying the bars.

You can learn more about the company and the products using the links below. 
Ocho Candy Website
Ocho Candy Facebook
Ocho Candy Twitter


  1. Yum! I will have to check out these bars. They sound delicious.

  2. That cake looks amazing about now... thanks for sharing!

  3. Interesting. I love my heart shaped pans. They're really handy. May have to try out those chocolate bars.

  4. This looks so yummy, would be perfect to have on Valentine's Day!

  5. This looks amazing! And I never thought about melting down bars - genius!

  6. These organic candy bars are looking awesome. The different varieties like Dark Coffee, Mocha, Peanut butter & few more makes it a great option for anyone to try them. The heart shaped cake looks so yummy & delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am definitely going to be on the look out for these bars. I would love to try the Mocha.

  8. Great idea! Looks delicious!

  9. My youngest is gluten-free. I love seeing more gluten-free products on the market now!

  10. I like their candy bar theories. And I agree small but flavorful is better than big and not so flavorful. :)

  11. OK I think I am going to steal your idea and try this. My 10 year old I was just told need to eat gluten-free products so this will be good for him.

  12. I love OCHO bars. My local grocery sells them. I love knowing that there are no preservatives in them, they are the only candy bars I buy for my boys.

  13. I am not sure I'd use organic chocolate bars with pillsbury but I'd eat the chocolate bars separately ... more often than necessary.