Peppermint Bark has always held a special place in my heart. It reminds me of joyful holiday gatherings, the warmth of family, and the magic of the festive season. This delectable treat combines the rich flavors of smooth chocolate with the refreshing coolness of peppermint, creating a delightful contrast that is simply irresistible. Every time I make Peppermint Bark, it takes me back to cherished memories and brings smiles to the faces of everyone who enjoys it.
- 12 ounces high-quality dark chocolate chips or bars
- 12 ounces high-quality white chocolate chips or bars
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
1. Prepare the chocolate layer:
Step 1: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Melt the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
Step 3: Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract into the melted dark chocolate.
Step 4: Pour the melted dark chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly using a spatula.
2. Prepare the white chocolate layer:
Step 5: Melt the white chocolate in a separate heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
Step 6: Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract into the melted white chocolate.
Step 7: Pour the melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer and spread it evenly using a spatula.
3. Add the peppermint toppings:
Step 8: Immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes or peppermint candies over the melted white chocolate layer, gently pressing them in.
4. Set and break into pieces:
Step 9: Let the Peppermint Bark cool and set completely at room temperature or refrigerate it for faster setting.
Step 10: Once set, carefully lift the parchment paper with the bark from the baking sheet and place it on a cutting board. Break the bark into irregular pieces or cut it into desired shapes using a sharp knife.
Tips and Variations:
If you prefer a sweeter Peppermint Bark, you can use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate. Additionally, consider experimenting with different types of peppermint candies or adding a touch of crushed nuts for added texture. Don’t hesitate to get creative and make this recipe your own!
|1 piece (approx. 1 oz)