Peppermint Bark (also known as my “Christmas Crack”)

I decided a few weeks ago that I would make some peppermint bark as part of the kids’ teachers Christmas presents this year.  I found some cute jars at Big Lots and thought they would be perfect to contain my favorite Christmas candy.

Anyway, I’ve had this stuff on the brain for a while now, after buying the ingredients and I thought I would share the recipe.

Some people make it with just white chocolate but I like to add a layer of melted semi-sweet chocolate on the bottom as well.  What can I say, I’m an equal opportunity chocolate lover. :-)

 

Peppermint Bark with Chocolate, The Miss Elaine-ous Life

I originally got the recipe for just the white part from Beth’s blog and then improvised by adding the chocolate chocolate.

Anyway, here’s how I do it.

What Ya Need:

1 Box 12 Candy Canes (peppermint only)
4 boxes (2 lbs.) Baker’s white chocolate
1 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chips
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract

First, line a cookie sheet (one with sides) with wax paper.

Next, unwrap your candy canes and put them in a ziplock baggie.  Seal it and go out to your garage and get a hammer or a mallet and smash those candy canes!  Great stress reliever, y’all!

Now unwrap the white chocolate and break it into rectangles and put into the top pan of a double boiler.

Next, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Start with 45 seconds then stir and do 30 seconds a few more times until melted smooth.  USE A HOT PAD!  Bowl will be hot.

Heaven in a bowl…

Once it’s melted, pour it into paper-lined cookie sheet and spread evenly.  You can refrigerate the chocolate if you want to so that it’s more solid when you add the white chocolate mixture but you do not have to.  I’ve done it both ways and either is fine.

After that is done, boil water for the double boiler and melt the white chocolate.  Once melted add the smashed candy and the peppermint extract (do NOT forget extract, it’s just NOT as good without, trust me).

Pour white chocolate mixture over chocolate layer and spread evenly.  Careful again – pot will be SUPER HOT!

Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.  Break into pieces and try not to eat it all in one day. OR. give as gifts! :-D

You can also store it in your fridge for up to a week but it would NEVER last that long around here…

 

 

Comments

  1. Totally “Christmas crack” in our house, as well. ;)

  2. I love this but have never learned how to make it. I need to try this!

  3. I’ve never tried this before, gotta do it!

  4. I have never had this but I totally want some.

    Looks amazing.

  5. Yum!

  6. I make this stuff every year except I only do white chocolate. It’s so good.

  7. Looks yummy delish and I love your photography too!

  8. Oh yeah- I have been meaning to make this- guess I need to get with it & just do it. Looks divine!

  9. Oh my, yum!

  10. Yum!! I love your photos, too!

  11. I’ve never even tried Peppermint bark! but this recipe looks doable. . . might have to try it.

  12. Sorry, that Cajun Cook up there is me–Google has me seriously confused with someone else!

  13. Oh. Heavens.

    I’ve never had this. Is that a crime? However, I plan to make it later this week. For sure. I might give it away. I might eat it all myself. The jury’s still out.

  14. I haven’t made it. I am waiting for some to show up on my doorstep ;)

  15. My Christmas crack has been anything chocolate – especially the Oreo Treat Chocolate Balls which I had to make a second batch of because I ate the first one.

    Sadly, after Christmas I will just move on to Valentine’s crack, then Spring break crack, Easter crack, it’s a terrbile cycle over here

  16. This looks so good! I’ve made peppermint bark before, but just with white chocolate and candy canes. Going to have to try your way!
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  17. Gosh, I’m not sure I really need another addiction. Gee, thanks, Elaine. ;-)
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