Easy Peppermint Bark

This time of year I seem to head into the kitchen to make some family holiday favorites that tend to disappear as fast as I make them.  One of those is Peppermint Bark.  It’s really easy to make, and makes a great gift.  I’ll describe a single batch, but it’s easily increased to make enough to give away.

You’ll need:

  • 4 oz high quality milk or dark chocolate-broken into squares
  • 4 oz high quality white chocolate-broken into squares
  • package of candy canes or peppermint star candy-broken into small pieces
  • Line a small baking sheet (7×10) with waxed paper.

Peppermint Bark

  • Break apart and melt the milk or dark chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. (Hint: heat until almost melted, stir until all remaining pieces are melted and chocolate is creamy)

Peppermint Bark

  •  Spread over the waxed paper until even.

Peppermint Bark

  • Place pan in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready, melt white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. (Hint: heat until almost melted, stir until all remaining pieces are melted and chocolate is creamy)
  • Once melted, remove baking sheet from freezer, spread the melted white chocolate on top of the frozen milk or dark chocolate. (Be careful not to work quickly so the 2 chocolates don’t start to mix.).
  • Sprinkle crushed candy over the top, pressing in the bigger polices to secure them.

Peppermint Bark

  • Place in freezer for 30 minutes to overnight.
  • When firmly solid, peel off waxed paper and break apart into pieces by hand.

Peppermint Bark

Some helpful hints:

* Some recipes use chocolate chips, but I’ve found they melt too easily when serving.

*I like to melt the chocolate in the microwave.  Just break into pieces, put in a microwave safe bowl and heat as directed.  I usually cook in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between.  Stop before it’s fully melted.  Stir to finish melting the few remaining pieces.  You’ll have smooth, creamy melted chocolate in less than 2 minutes.

* Easiest way to crush the candy is to place in a plastic baggie, seal and pound gently with the smooth side of a meat mallet.

Peppermint Bark

Enjoy!!

Peppermint Bark
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Recipe type: Candy/Sweets
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Serves: 6
Delicious peppermint-chocolate treat
Ingredients
  • 4 oz high quality milk or dark chocolate-broken into squares
  • 4 oz high quality white chocolate-broken into squares
  • package of candy canes or peppermint star candy-broken into small pieces*
Instructions
  1. Line a small baking sheet (7x10) with waxed paper.
  2. Break apart and melt the milk or dark chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. (Hint: heat until almost melted, stir until all remaining pieces are melted and chocolate is creamy)
  3. Spread over the waxed paper until smooth.
  4. Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  5. When ready, melt white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. (Hint: heat until almost melted, stir until all remaining pieces are melted and chocolate is creamy)
  6. Once melted, remove baking sheet from freezer, spread the melted white chocolate on top of the frozen milk or dark chocolate. (Be careful not to work quickly so the 2 chocolates don't start to mix.).
  7. Sprinkle crushed candy over the top, pressing in the bigger polices to secure them.
  8. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to overnight.
  9. When firmly solid, peel off waxed paper and break apart into pieces by hand.
Notes
* Easiest way to crush the candy is to place in a plastic baggie, seal and pound gently with the smooth side of a meat mallet.
* Some recipes use chocolate chips, but they will melt too easily when serving.

 

 

 

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