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Peppermint Bark

homemade peppermint bark

Peppermint bark is one of my favorite Christmas candies. I love mint flavor candy, which is probably why I love this holiday treat. Peppermint bark is really easy to make too. You only need a few ingredients and it doesn’t take long to make. You can make this tonight and enjoy later after dinner or tomorrow on Christmas. It also keeps for up to three weeks, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad soon. If it lasts that long.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. high quality white chocolate (I used Ghirardelli), broken into pieces
  • 6 oz. high quality semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract or flavor
  • 3 regular size candy canes or 15-20 peppermint candies, crushed

peppermint candy

Directions

1. Line the bottom and sides of a 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, smoothing out any wrinkles. Set this aside.

2. Melt 1/2 teaspoon of oil with 6 ounces of white chocolate. To melt, either use a double boiler or the microwave. I used the microwave. So if you’re doing it this way it’s a little easier. Put the chocolate and oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 15 seconds. Take out and stir vigorously. Do this until the chocolate is smooth and completely melted. Chocolate can burn easily and overcook, so make sure to keep heating in small increments and stir in between. Once melted stir is 1/4 peppermint flavor.

3. Pour the melted white chocolate in the prepared pan, spreading with a spatula into a thin smooth layer. Place the pan in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

4. Place the semi-sweet chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon oil into a bowl and microwave and stir in the same manner. Once it’s completely melted add in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon peppermint flavor and pour over the layer of white chocolate in the pan. Smooth it out. Place the pan back into the fridge for 10-15 minutes or until almost completely set.

5. Place the remaining white chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon oil in the microwave safe bowl and heat/stir in the same manner. Pour over the bark layers and smooth it out. This layer doesn’t have peppermint flavor. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies. I put all of the candies in a plastic bag and crushed them with a mallet.

6. Refrigerate the bark until completely hardened. Once hardened, remove from the pan and peel off the foil/parchment paper. Break into pieces as large or small as you would like. You can also cut it into squares, but I like the broken pieces of bark. I used the mallet again to break it up.

7. Store in the fridge. Leftovers keep well in the fridge for 3 weeks. It can also be left at room temperate for a couple of days.

peppermint barkNote: Serve on a platter with other goodies or wrap a few pieces together and give them as a gift.

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