Peppermint Bark Recipe

January 7, 2013

 

Today I would like to share my Peppermint Bark recipe. I made this for our Christmas Party!

This is so delicious and so simple to make. Go to Michael’s or Joann and buy Wilton melting chocolates.

I use dark, milk, and white. (so I would buy at least one bag of each for each project you do). Candy canes crushed up for the peppermint bark (I’d put a box of candy canes –unwrapped- in a Ziploc and smash them with a rolling pin…

When working with chocolate…water is EVIL so make sure everything is dry…dry…dry

Cover whatever your work surface will be with plastic wrap (tightly). In my case I covered a baking tray with the plastic wrap.

Separate the chocolates into three microwaveable bowls (one for each flavor)

Microwave the chocolate according to the directions on the package. If you buy the bulk chocolate, start at 1 minute, stir thoroughly and microwave again 10 seconds at a time stirring in between until you have smooth chocolate. Do not overheat…you’d be surprised how stirring will continue to melt the chocolate.

Taking the dark chocolate, spread it out on your covered surface to a depth of less than ¼” (I know it seems thin but once you layer three chocolates and peppermint it gets thick).

It will be shiny while wet. At this point I’d be melting your next chocolate (usually white). Once the shine is off the dark chocolate and it is dry to the touch it is ready for the next layer.

At this point either your candy canes should be chopped and ready to go. You know when you chop things you get “dust” or little tiny pieces…don’t throw this away…we’ll use it last.

Take ½ to 2/3 of your white chocolate, put it in a different bowl and mix in peppermint. Spread this mixture out over the dark chocolate. It is ok to be thick in some areas and thin in others.

In the meantime, melt the regular chocolate. This one you will drizzle…heavily…over the white chocolate. Since you aren’t spreading this one out you don’t have to wait for it to dry. It should drip easily off the end of whatever spoon you are using.

Then drizzle the remaining white chocolate over the milk chocolate. As a final flourish…sprinkle all of those itty bitty pieces onto the white and milk chocolate while it is wet. This tells people what is inside, i.e. candy

Then you wait…depending on how cool it is in your house it could be ready to break up in 15 minutes…could take an hour. This is where the plastic wrap comes in handy, just lift from one side and start breaking pieces. There is no rhyme or reason to it…they are supposed to be chunky.

It really is quite easy…your longest time will be melting the chocolate.

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