Well I know it’s a little late for the holiday season, but this is what I’m giving to a lot of my friends at school as their Christmas presents. So if you have those last few people on your list that you need presents for but haven’t seen them yet or had a chance to give them their gifts, you should consider this!
Peppermint bark is basically the easiest thing on Earth to make. I promise, it’s foolproof. And it’s delicious. And really, you don’t have to exactly follow the recipe; just think of my steps and ingredients as sort of guidelines.
- 2 lbs. (32 ounces) chocolate (I used regular semi-sweet chocolate, but bark is usually made with white chocolate for some bizarre reason, even though bark is brown).
- 1 cup (I happened to use less) crushed candycanes or peppermint candies
- 1 tablespoon of butter (optional)
Some stuff to make sure you have:
- Double boiler (homemade double boiler works amazingly)
- Large cookie tray or something similar
- Wax or parchment paper (I used parchment)
Okay, so in case you dont have a double boiler (and not many people do) here’s a handy dandy way to make one.
You can also layer peppermint bark, but I didn’t have enough time or the right ingredients for that :(
Now to actually making it!
- Put all the chocolate into the double boiler. I like to use baker’s chocolate, because it melts really well. I also like to put in less than a tablespoon of butter (maybe half to one tablespoon) in with the chocolate to help with the consistency, but it really isn’t necessary.
- Keep stirring the chocolate as it melts, you don’t want the chocolate on the bottom to burn. Make sure the chocolate melts evenly.
- Once the chocolate is melted, take the top pan off of the double boiler and set it on a surface other than the stove (just make sure it’s not getting heated anymore).
- Let the chocolate cool to the point where you can touch the chocolate and it’s just warm. Keep stirring the chocolate while it’s cooling so that the chocolate underneath cools as well and so that it doesn’t start to harden. You don’t want to cool it too much though.
- Once it’s cooled, pour in as much of the candycane as you want. I saved some for sprinkling on top, but I like it better without. I didn’t use a full cup, but I think it’s better to. I just didn’t have enough. Stir in all the crushed pieces throughout the chocolate.
- Put the wax/parchment paper onto the cookie tray. Depending on how thick you want the bark, you may or may not want more than one tray. I just used one. Make sure the wax paper covers the whole tray.
- Pour the chocolate and candycane mixture onto the wax paper-covered tray and spread it out evenly.
- Put the tray into the fridge to harden and set for a few hours. You can also just stick it in the freezer to make it go faster, but it will be harder to break after.
- Once it’s hardened, take out the tray and break the chocolate into pieces. Voila! Peppermint bark :)
Gift idea: Put a doily onto a piece of cellophane and put some pieces of the bark onto the doily. Gather the edges of the cellophane and tie them up with some pretty ribbon. Then go use hils’s DIY gift tag idea! :)