Saturday, December 18, 2010

Peppermint Bark

This peppermint bark has only two ingredients - peppermint candies and white chocolate.  That’s it?  Very easy to make and makes a nice hostess gift during the winter holidays.
Smash candy canes and equally separate into 2 bowls - finer crush to mix into the melted chocolate and a larger crush for sprinkling on top.

Melt white chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in a bowl placed over simmering water. Stir frequently.
When chips have melted, mix in the finer crushed candy canes.

Spread on prepared pan and sprinkle on the larger crushed candy.  Press candy gently into the melted chocolate.  When hardened, break into pieces.

Peppermint Bark

6     peppermint candy canes
2     cups white chocolate chips (approximately 1 15 oz. package)

Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Break and unwrap candy canes and place in a thick quart zip-lock bag and gently smash with a hammer into small pieces.  Evenly divide the candy canes into two dishes:  one with smaller and powdered candy canes shatters and the other with larger pieces.

Size a mixing bowl to fit over a pot like in the picture above, creating a double-boiler.  Ensure that your mixing bowl is absolutely dry otherwise the white chocolate will seize up and not melt.  Add 1 inch of water to the pot and heat to a simmer.  Place chocolate chips in dry bowl and place on top of pot and melt the chocolate chips over simmer heat, stirring occasionally. 

When all of the chips are melted, remove from bowl from the double boiler, add the small candy can pieces; mix well.  Spread melted chocolate over parchment paper to about 1/8" thick.  Sprinkle top of bark with the larger candy cane pieces.

When hardened, gently break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container between pieces of wax or parchment paper.


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1 comment:

  1. thank you for the recipe. I will certainly try it for Christmas this year and because of the colors, I may even sneak it in for Valentine's Day. My sweetie loves peppermint!