Monday, December 19, 2011

Peppermint Bark


Hi again,

Here is a special treat for you to make for this holiday, peppermint bark. Now, you can always purchase these at stores, but it's always best when treats are homemade. This is quite easy to make; however, you have to play the waiting game for these in order for the chocolate to harden. I used Bakers white and semi-sweet chocolates that can be found at the baking aisle of your local grocery store. I melted the chocolates separately, in a heat safe glass bowl over boiling water in a pot. I used peppermint candy canes to add with the festivities, but you can always use peppermint candies that's also inexpensive. I prefer the white chocolate peppermint bark better rather than the chocolate.




Ingredients:

Peppermint candy canes (crushed)
White chocolate or Semi-sweet or dark chocolate (whichever you prefer)

Directions:

1) Unwrap and put the candy canes in a ziplock bag, then use your roller pin and smash the candy canes into small pieces. Have fun!

2) Chop the chocolate in small pieces and put the chocolate in a heat safe glass bowl over boiling water in a pot. Make sure you melt the white chocolate and chocolate separately, unless you wanted to mix it together, it's your preference. Also, try not to burn your chocolate.

3) Mix well until chocolate is fully melted. Then turn off the heat, remove glass bowl off of the pot and sprinkle in some of the smashed candy cane pieces into the chocolate and mix well. Remember to reserve at least a 1/4 cup more of smashed candy cane pieces.

4) Place either wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet pan or on your counter, pour the melted chocolate with the peppermint candy cane pieces onto the paper and smooth out to about a 1/4 inch thick with a spatula. Then sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces on top.

5) Let cool and harden. Approximately 4-8 hours or more. Once harden, use a knife and cut into medium size pieces or break the peppermint bark with your hands. Enjoy.

Just for fun! You can also dip your candy cane into the melted chocolate.


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