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Peppermint Bark

Hello all! Long time no write and I am so very sorry for that! My days have started to get away from me with all the holiday craziness and a few additional projects we’ve taken on (more on that later).

To make it up to you, I’m sharing a super easy recipe for peppermint bark that you can gift to just about anyone on your list! This recipe really could not be easier and it looks so festive! Plus anytime I get to use a hammer while cooking, I’m pretty happy! The combination of the different chocolates and just a touch of candy cane pepperminty-ness makes for the perfect holiday treat.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. white chocolate melts
  • 8 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate melts
  • 3 full sized candy canes, crushed (a hammer is optional, but it’s far more fun)

1. Melt each chocolate separately over a double boiler.
2. Pour the dark or semisweet chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment or wax paper.
3. Spread the chocolate evenly with an offset spatula and then rinse the spatula clean.
4. Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate and smooth into a thin layer with the offset spatula.
5. Take a butter knife and run it through both layers in a swirling motion to add the decorative swirl.
6. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane pieces over the entire batch.
7. Freeze for a few hours and then break into pieces, package into mason jars or cellophane treat bags and gift away.

And as a bonus, I’ve got a second easy candy recipe for any more holiday parties on your calendar. These peppermint bark truffles were discovered as a bit of an accident, but were such a huge hit at my office party, that they were a must share with you all!

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. white chocolate melts
  • 8 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate melts
  • 1 full sized candy canes, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

1. Melt each chocolate separately over a double boiler.
2. Once the dark chocolate is melted, add the cream into the chocolate and mix it thoroughly.
3. The chocolate should seize up and become more like dough, but if not add a little bit more cream until the desired effect is achieved.
4. Roll the chocolate into bite sized balls and place into a parchment covered baking pan.  You need the sides to be fairly high so the truffles don’t roll around when you put them in the freezer!
5. Drip a bit of white chocolate onto the top of each truffle and then sprinkle crushed candy canes onto the top.
6. Freeze for a few hours and then serve.  You’ll want to let them sit for 10 minutes or so before anyone eats them as they can get very hard!

There you go! Two super easy candy ideas to please any crowd.  Come back tomorrow for some great tips for last minute gift giving!

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