December 29, 2012

Peppermint Bark


I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas with your families and loved ones! I sure did :)

This bark cost around $6 to make (a 9 x13" pan) and was so simple (minus unwrapping 24 candy canes by hand then crushing them in a Ziplock until my fingers were numb.) It wasn't until after I made this that I found out its easier to crush the candy canes with the wrappers on and I also read one blogger used a food processor to crush hers. Oh well... labor of love, right?! Baking or cooking is always an experiment- that's how we learn and I'll know for next year!

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pounds milk chocolate chips
  • 2 pounds white chocolate chips
  • 24 peppermint candy canes, crushed (*Make sure the ingredients list peppermint oil as this will give you the best peppermint flavor)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Melt the milk chocolate chips in a small sauce pan over low heat, careful to not burn the chocolate.
  2. Pour onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Spread evenly then place in refrigerator to harden.
  3. In either a food processor or by hand, crush the candy canes. Sift peppermint candy to separate the large chunks from the peppermint sand.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the white chocolate like in Step 1. Allow to cool a few minutes but not harden, then gently fold the peppermint sand into the white chocolate.
  5. Remove the cooled milk chocolate from the fridge and spread the white chocolate on top. Sprinkle the peppermint chunks evenly over the white chocolate and gently press the pieces into the layer.
    Refrigerate until hardened. Cut or break the bark into pieces (*I found it easier to let it sit 10-15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge before cutting into it.) Enjoy!

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