Peppermint Bark Recipe

img_1585One of the things I love most about the holiday time of year is the baking! I don’t normally eat sweets that contain a boatload of sugar or dairy, but I do enjoy making them for others.

Peppermint bark is an exception. While I like to make the bark with only dark chocolate just for myself, I’ll use a mix of dark/semi-sweet and white chocolate when I give it as a gift or serve as an after-dinner sweet.

So, if you’re looking for an easy no-bake recipe to give as a gift, look no further. The peppermint bark is easy to make, has just a few ingredients and is delish!

TIP: The recipe calls for crushed candy canes. I put them in a ziplock bag and crush with either a rolling pin or metal meat tenderizer/mallet. Once they are crushed, use a small strainer to separate the “sugar” from the chunky pieces. The sugar will get mixed into the melted white chocolate. The pieces get sprinkled on top.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dark and/or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 12 oz white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 8 candy canes, crushed (separate the pieces from the fine sugar using a mini strainer)
  • Parchment paper


Directions

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt in a double boiler or microwave the dark/semi-sweet chocolate until there are no lumps. (Be sure to mix the chocolate every 35-45 seconds if you use the microwave.) When fully melted, add the peppermint extract. Mix well.
  • Pour chocolate mixture onto the parchment and spread as a thin layer. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  • Melt the white chocolate. When fully melted and there are no lumps, stir in the candy cane sugar and mix well.
  • Spread a thin layer of the white chocolate on top of the dark/semi-sweet layer. Sprinkle the remaining chopped candy cane pieces on top. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  • Break into bite-size pieces. Serve.

Enjoy!

Happy Holidays! 

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