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Peppermint Bark {The Perfect Holiday Treat}

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For years now, I have received Peppermint Bark  as a gift from various people. YUM is always my first thought, well and last thought as I lick my fingers.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark recipe

I stumbled upon a really fabulous blog called The Faux Martha (check it out). Melissa’s site is beautiful and her photos showcase her food so perfectly. I recently saw a recipe for peppermint bark on her blog and was inspired to finally try making it myself.

perfect for Christmas - Peppermint Bark

To my surprise, this Peppermint Bark  is one of the easiest recipes for a sweet that I have made in a long time. It is a simple process that you could do in between baking or cooking other foods or sweets. You need a good one hour block of time to do it because you need to refrigerate the dark chocolate for about 45 minutes before adding the layer of white chocolate.

If you are looking for an easy gift that almost anyone would love I think this is your answer. I am already planning to make a second batch in the coming weeks since the gifts I was going to give accidentally got eaten!

Start by lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil and setting it aside.

Coarsely chop the dark chocolate and place in microwave safe dish. Microwave for 3 minutes on medium (50%) power. Stir and microwave for 1 more minute. Remove and stir the chocolate to make sure all of it is melted.

Pour the dark chocolate mixture on the foiled baking sheet and spread a thin, even layer so that the dark chocolate touches the sides of the baking sheet. Set baking sheet in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until hardened.

making Peppermint Bark

While the dark chocolate is hardening in fridge put the candy canes into a ziplock bag and use a meat mallet or something similar to crush the candy cane into small pieces. Set aside.

Peppermint Bark topping

Coarsely chop the white chocolate and place in microwave safe dish. Microwave for 3 minutes on medium (50%) power. Stir and microwave for 1 more minute. Remove and stir the chocolate to make sure all of it is melted.

white chocolate for Peppermint Bark

Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate mixture and spread evenly making sure to coat the entire dark chocolate.  Lightly sprinkle and press peppermint candy into the top of the white chocolate.

almost ready - Peppermint Bark

Return the baking sheet into the refrigerator until hardened. Break into pieces and store in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

breaking it up - Peppermint Bark

finished Peppermint Bark

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  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: A Group
  • Category: Dessert

Description

The perfect holiday treat!


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Ingredients

  • 10 oz. (1 1/4 c.) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 10 oz. (1 1/4 c.) white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 c. peppermint candies (I used candy canes), crushed (I used 5 large candy canes)

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Coarsely chop the dark chocolate and place in microwave safe dish. Microwave for 3 minutes on medium (50%) power. Stir and microwave for 1 more minute. Remove and stir the chocolate to make sure all of it is melted.
  3. Pour the dark chocolate mixture on the foiled baking sheet and spread a thin, even layer so that the dark chocolate touches the sides of the baking sheet. Set baking sheet in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until hardened.
  4. While the dark chocolate is hardening in fridge put the candy canes into a ziplock bag and use mallet or other kitchen tool to crush the candy cane into small pieces. Set aside.
  5. Coarsely chop the white chocolate and place in microwave safe dish. Microwave for 3 minutes on medium (50%) power. Stir and microwave for 1 more minute. Remove and stir the chocolate to make sure all of it is melted.
  6. Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate mixture and spread evenly making sure to coat the entire dark chocolate. Lightly sprinkle and press the candy cane into the top of the white chocolate.
  7. Return the baking sheet into the refrigerator until hardened. Break into pieces and store in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Notes

I followed Melissa’s advice to buy good, quality chocolates. I personally think it makes the peppermint bark taste that much better. I bought dark chocolate from Trader Joes (they sell packs of 3 dark chocolate bars so I bought 2 of those) and then I could only find Baker’s White Chocolate at Target so I used that. I thought it turned out great. You can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate if you prefer.

Slightly Adapted From The Faux Martha

If this Peppermint Bark recipe doesn’t get your in the mood to cook I don’t know what will! 🙂

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What is your favorite holiday sweet to make? Share below in the comments.

Julia

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Wednesday 12th of December 2012

Excellent recipe! I just had eaten this at a Christmas party and loved it. Looks so delicious and easy.

I hope you don't mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page.

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Wednesday 12th of December 2012

Thanks! No I don't mind at all--please do! Love all those sweets you are cooking up too especially those brownie cups!

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Wednesday 12th of December 2012

Hi take a look at our blog too. I am hoping we have some fun things too.

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