Monday, December 19, 2011

Peppermint Bark

I love peppermint bark. It's a Christmas staple in our house. I make LOTS of this candy every year. It's so easy to make, and to give!
Here's my favorite recipe:

Peppermint Bark

16 ounces white chocolate chips (or bars/block white chocolate)
12 ounces dark chocolate chips (or chocolate bars)
2 tsp peppermint extract, or 1 tsp peppermint oil, divided.
12 peppermint flavored candy canes, crushed

Line a baking sheet, or jelly roll pan with nonstick foil or wax paper (I prefer the wax paper).

Using a double boiler, heat the water to a simmer and melt the dark chocolate, or in a microwavable bowl, heat the dark chocolate at 50% power in the microwave, until melted, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Briskly stir in 1 tsp of peppermint extract, and then spread the dark chocolate onto the prepared pan, in an even, thin layer (I recommend not spreading it all the way to the edges of the pan).
Place pan in the fridge until almost set, about 5 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, Use a double boiler to melt the white chocolate following the previous step, or in a microwavable bowl, melt the white chocolate, in the microwave, at 50% power until melted, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Then, while stirring, add remaining 1 tsp peppermint extract (the chocolate may thicken or "chunk" a little--just keep stirring until smooth again).
Remove the dark chocolate from the fridge, and quickly spread out the white chocolate in an even layer over the top of the dark chocolate.
Sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top of the white chocolate (pressing down very gently, if needed, so the candy will stick).

Return the pan to the fridge, and chill until completely set (about 10 to 15 minutes). When ready, remove the pan from the freezer and break candy apart into pieces. Best if stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I love the combination of the dark chocolate with the white. Delicious! :) Thank you for giving us some.