Monday, December 12, 2011

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I tried to research the history of peppermint bark, but found nothing. However, I did find this:

Well, that should give you a pretty good idea how to make peppermint bark, but that's not exactly how I do it. I add peppermint extract and half of the crushed peppermint to the white chocolate, and top it with the remaining crushed candy. You can also drizzle dark chocolate across the top, if you feel the urge. This is one of the easiest recipes, ever! It's just as good, if not better, than any you could buy at the store! It also makes a nice gift!

Peppermint Bark:


2, 10-12 oz. bags of white chocolate chocolate chips
1, 10-12 oz. bag of dark chocolate
12 large candy canes, crushed (pop them into a plastic bag and bash away, get your kids to do it)
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


Line a 11"x17" baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, about 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval. When smooth and melted, spread dark chocolate evenly across the parchment. Place the pan into the refrigerator until set.

Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate the same way. When melted, quickly stir in the peppermint extract and half of the crushed candy canes. Spread evenly over the dark chocolate. Sprinkle over the remaining candy, pressing in gently, and allow to cool completely. You can chill it in the refrigerator until both layers are set and firm. Break or cut into pieces (I use a very sharp chef's knife), and voila!

*Note: Sometimes when breaking or cutting the peppermint bark, the chocolate layers may break apart. Some people say you should let it sit overnight before cutting, some people say you should cut it while the white chocolate is still slightly soft, and some people say they've never had any problems. Well, I've had mine split apart before, and you know what, it's still delicious! Good Luck!

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