It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas…and time to make this mouthwatering Peppermint Bark candy for the wonderful staff at my kids’ school. Peppermint Bark is a Christmas classic I love with the irresistible mixture of dark chocolate, white chocolate and minty candy canes. The last day of school is on Friday (yikes and yea) and I typically buy all the staff members See’s candy, but this year decided it’s time to make my own treats. I started searching for something easy, quick, inexpensive and not too labor intensive to make for delicious Christmas gifts. I discovered a fabulous Peppermint Bark recipe — which requires no cooking except for melting the chocolate in the microwave and putting in the refrigerator. This recipe from About.Com also features a “how to” video to see exactly how it’s done! I bought these cute Christmas containers from Big Lots for $2 dollars each and instead of spending over $100 dollars for Christmas candy from See’s, spent a total of $52.00 for everything making a total of 10 gifts! Each gift cost around $5.00 and plenty was left over for us! Yum, Yum!
Peppermint Bark makes a wonderful holiday gift.
Ali in the Valley
12 ounces about 2 cups dark chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips
12 ounces about 2 cups white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips
8 peppermint candy canes
Unwrap the candy canes and place them in a food processor. Pulse on/off several times for 5-10 seconds each, until the canes have been crushed into small pieces. Alternately, place the candy canes in a large Ziploc bag and seal tightly. Use a rolling pin to roll/smash the candy canes until they are the size you desire.
Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with smooth aluminum foil.
Melt or temper the dark chocolate. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared cookie sheet and use an offset spatula or knife to spread it to an even thickness, a little more than 1/8″ thick. The chocolate does not have to reach all sides of the sheet, as it will be broken up later anyhow. Place the tray in the refrigerator to firm up while you prepare the white chocolate.
While the dark chocolate hardens, melt or temper the white chocolate. Stir in most of the candy cane bits, reserving about a quarter of the mixture to put on top.
Remove the tray from the refrigerator and spread the white chocolate in an even layer over the dark chocolate.
$2 each @ Big Lots: I bought 10= $20.00
$2.99 per bag@ Target of dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips: I bought 4 dark chocolate and 4 white chocolate=$24.00
$3.99 for package of Peppermints @ Target: I bought 2 boxes= $8.00