Peppermint Bark

Posted on December 8, 2009. Filed under: Chocolate, Desserts, Holidays |

I think I was only introduced to peppermint bark a few years ago. I know I know, where have I been? It was probably offered to me before then, but it never had a huge appeal. I mean, isn’t it just chocolate with some crushed candy canes? And explain to me what’s so special about that? Okay, well I WILL explain to you what is so special about that.

It is the perfect combination between rich dark chocolate, creamy white chocolate and refreshing peppermint crunch. When you open a bag or box of the bark the aroma of peppermint explodes into your senses. So now that I understand what all the fuss is about with this stuff, why the heck do people buy it? Do you even know how easy it is? I mean seriously, this is not baking or cooking. This is microwaving at it’s finest. So do yourself a favor and whip some of this up for your next Christmas get together. Just put some on a dish for people to snack on. Or wrap some up and give it as a little gift for Christmas.

14 ounce bag melting dark chocolate
14 ounce bag melting white chocolate
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 cups crushed candy canes

Put some parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Spray the parchment paper with non stick spray(This just ensures easy removal of the chocolate).

Melt the dark chocolate and 2 tbsp oil in a microwave safe bowl. It will take about 4 minutes total. Every minute take it out and stir it. When it is all melted stir in the peppermint extract. Pour the chocolate over a the parchment paper.

Allow the chocolate too cool completely before you add the white chocolate layer.

Melt the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl with 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Microwave for 4 minutes, stirring at each minute. Pour it over the chocolate mixture. You may have to smooth it over. Don’t smooth it too much or the white chocolate will melt the dark chocolate and you will get swirls.

Top with the crushed candy canes. Allow it to cool completely. To speed this process along, you can put the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Break into pieces to eat. Done.

Seriously, that entire process takes about 10 minutes. 4 minutes to melt each chocolate, and a few seconds to pour, stir and sprinkle.


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