I love peppermint. When fall rolls around and everyone is ooo-ing and ahh-ing over Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin pies and other pumpkin-y things, I’m waiting for the right time to start drinking and eating anything peppermint. Although, I do indulge in a peppermint mocha or a peppermint hot chocolate throughout the year.
Now when all the stores put out their holiday foods and decorations, I find myself salivating at the sight of all those tins and bags of peppermint bark. I love it. Mixing chocolate and peppermint, two of my fave flavors. However, dropping a lot of money on said peppermint bark is just a no-no right now. So I decided to make my own.
Supplies: a bag of white chocolate, a bag of milk or dark chocolate, a bunch of candy canes and a teaspoon of peppermint extract
Start by setting up a medium sized cookie sheet with aluminum foil on top. Then stick your milk or dark chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
Stick the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted. Add in your teaspoon of peppermint.
Spread your melted chocolate in the pan. Try to keep the layer as even as possible. Then stick the entire pan into the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Take the time to smash your candy canes into little bits. I used a candle holder I had handy. Then stick your white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and again, microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until the white chocolate is melted and smooth.
Take the pan out of the freezer once your white chocolate is melted.
Spread the white chocolate on top of the milk or dark chocolate layer.
While the white chocolate is still warm, press your candy cane pieces into the white chocolate. Stick it back in the freezer for at least another 20 minutes.
After the chocolate is all set, it’s time to break it. I suggest flipping it over and breaking it from the smooth side. The candy cane pieces are a bit sharp so you will stab yourself if you’re not careful. It is also easier to break it if the chocolate isn’t frozen. You could let it thaw for a bit before trying to break it.
And there you go! Homemade peppermint bark. I used the treat stand I wrote about yesterday to make it pretty. Yay. You can store the peppermint bark in the fridge in a tuperware.