Well, the holiday season is in full swing. One of the biggest, more-expensive, treats in my house growing up was peppermint bark. I remember a few years (including this one) where by…oh, now…stores were completely sold-out of the stuff. When I started grad school and consequently started accepting invites to various office pot-lucks and more “grown-up” holiday parties, I would want to bring a sweet treat like bark; however, no offense to WS (because I’ve looked at other stores too), the stuff is RIDICULOUSLY expensive!
Here’s what I discovered, though: peppermint bark is not only easy to make, but it’s also actually not even that expensive to make. Certainly one could MAKE it expensive with varying qualities of chocolate and adding “laced” ingredients or more expensive topings, etc. But the basic recipe is stupid simple.
- As you will see below, this recipe makes approximately 2 pounds of peppermint bark, with the total cost of ingredients being around $15. So, you’re really getting ripped off if you’re paying $20-30 a pound.
- For those who have NOT worked with chocolate before…ideally, you want to melt it using a double-broiler. If you don’t have that available (I didn’t when I was making this), you can use a microwave. BUT BEWARE!!! Nothing is worse than burned chocolate. I’d recommend heating the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time, and/or on a lower heat. You must watch it carefully!
- .75-1 pound dark chocolate
- 1 pound white chocolate
- 12 candy canes, or the equivalent thereof
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
- Take any plastic off any candy. Place the candy in a large bag, and crush it using your favorite blunt object.
- Melt the dark chocolate and evenly spread it on the wax paper. Place in the refrigerator.
- When the dark chocolate has set, melt the white chocolate. Spread it evenly on top of the set dark chocolate.
- Top immediately with the candy (pressing the candy slightly into the white chocolate), and place back in the refrigerator to set.
- Once ready, tear into pieces and enjoy!