December 26, 2008

Peppermint Bark

Everyone has seen the pretty tins of Peppermint Bark that Williams-Sonoma sells. Well, no need to pay their high prices, and in the current economy many people won’t. It is simple to make with just a few ingredients. All you need to add is a pretty package to put it in so that you can give it to your friends and family. I’m planning on serving this on a cookie tray when we have everyone over for Hanukkah on Saturday night.

I first discovered this recipe when I was a member of my local MOMS Club. Every year, we had a cookie exchange and one of our members brought this a few years back. I fell in love immediately. She adds a bit of peppermint extract to the chocolate as it’s melting so that the flavor is distributed throughout each and every bite. If you aren’t a huge peppermint fan, then skip that part of the recipe.

It’s such a pretty holiday treat to give or receive. I like to store mine in the freezer after I have broken it into pieces so that it has that extra “cool” touch to it when nibbling.

Confections of a Foodie Bride also made Peppermint Bark for the holidays, but she opted to make it more swirly. Her's is so pretty!

HoneyB made pretty dipped pretzels, that were so festive and a hit with her co-workers.

If I had more time, I would have made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from Weekend Cook. Of course, I did make a truffle type dessert for tomorrow night that I'll be sharing soon.

peppermint bark 2a



Peppermint Bark
Source: Harriet K.

Ingredients
1 pound dark chocolate
1 pound white chocolate
About 30 mini peppermint candy canes (broken into bits)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions

Place a sheet of wax paper on the bottom on of a rimmed baking sheet.

Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler. Once it has melted, add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
and stir to ensure it is well distributed. Immediately pour into the rimmed baking sheet. Using a spatula, spread to ensure it is even. Place in the freezer for about 1 hour to ensure it has hardened.

Once dark chocolate is back to solid form, melt white chocolate in a double boiler. Once melted, pour over the dark chocolate, but work quickly so that it does not melt the dark chocolate. Spread with a spatula to ensure that it is even over the top. Then, sprinkle the candy cane bits over the top. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Break into pieces and serve.

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10 comments:

Melanie said...

Oooh, that is so pretty with the layer of dark chocolate underneath the white!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

That looks so nice with the little chinks of candy cane. Pretty much like the "real" thing!

Sara said...

This looks great, I meant to make peppermint bark this holiday season but I never got the time to do it. But hey, who says you can't eat peppermint bark year round?

Joelen said...

I love the two layers of chocolate - yum!

Heather said...

yum!!!! i love peppermint bark. yours looks lovely.

HoneyB said...

Thanks for the mention!

I have been seeing this bark all over the place. If I had more time at home the last few weeks I probably would have tried it. The co-workers probably would have gobbled it up!

Mary said...

This looks fabulous. I've bookmarked it for Valentine's day treats.

Girl Japan said...

This looks like so much fun, like "sugar plums and fairies"

Do you think I could opt for other candy If I can't find the cane type?

= ) Your idea for serving "Mrs. Hostess with the Mostess" hehe "wink"

Ginger said...

I really want to make this for the dessert tray for lunch on New Year's Eve. What a way to say goodbye to 2008!! Thank you it looks so YUMMY...

Kevin said...

Nice looking bark! Happy holidays!

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