From Our Kitchen to Yours: Homemade Peppermint BarkPosted:
The holidays are fast approaching! Between family dinners, cookie swaps, office parties and of course gifts for teachers, friends and family, life in our kitchens will kick into overdrive.
One of our favorite recipes that is always a hit is our delicious homemade peppermint bark. It’s a holiday classic that’s a snap to make, is beautifully festive and it’s easy to get the kids involved.
There are candy canes to smack with mallets, bowls of ooey gooey chocolate to stir and pour… and don’t forget spoons to lick! You’d have to be a proper Grinch not to get in the Christmas spirit when making (or receiving) this true holiday treasure.
1 cup crushed candy canes
2 lbs. white chocolate
(optional) 2 lbs. dark chocolate
Crush candy canes into small chunks by putting them in a plastic bag and hitting them with a wooden mallet or a hammer. Set aside 1/8 cup.
Melt white chocolate in a double boiler, then add candy cane pieces. Heat until dissolved.
Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and sprinkle the reserved candy cane pieces on top.
Refrigerate for 45 minutes. Break into pieces. Watch recipients break into smiles.
Double Chocolate Version
Same as above, but first melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. Pour onto 2 lined cookie sheets and refrigerate until cool.
Prepare the white chocolate mixture above and pour onto cooled dark chocolate. Sprinkle with candy cane pieces and refrigerate an additional 45-60 minutes or until cool . Break into pieces (and possibly into song and dance).