Homemade Peppermint Bark

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, December 17, 2009

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Just in case you haven’t had enough Christmas goodies yet, or you’re in need of a gift for some sweet-toothed friends, here’s a recipe that’s sure to satisfy.  And, really, why in the world would you pay retail store prices for something you can make at home with minimal effort and at a fraction of the price?  And, you get to beat some candy canes to smithereens.  Now that’s good ol’ fashioned holiday fun, my friends.

I’ve got another recipe in the works for a Christmas sweet and one for a fancy Christmas dinner entree, so hopefully I’ll get those out to you soon.  My baby is finally taking naps longer than 30 minutes so I pretty much feel like I can conquer the world now.

Homemade Peppermint Bark

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • at least 12 candy canes, crushed, more if you\'d like
Directions
  • Lightly spray a small rimmed cookie sheet with cooking spray and line with waxed paper. Smooth out wrinkles and set aside.
  • Place the semisweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until melted. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the chocolate doesn\'t burn. When the chocolate is melted, stir in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract. Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan, and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate until completely hardened, about 1 hour.
  • While the chocolate is hardening, place a colander over a large bowl and pour the crushed candy canes into the colander. Gently shake the colander to get all the finely crushed candy canes to pass through to the bowl. The larger pieces should remain in the colander. Set aside.
  • Place the white chocolate and the remaining 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until melted. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the chocolate doesn\'t burn. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the finely crushed candy canes from the bowl.
  • Pour the white chocolate directly over the semisweet chocolate layer; spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy canes over the top and gently press in. Refrigerate until completely hardened. Remove from pan; break into small pieces to serve.

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