Peppermint Bark

1 Jan

Happy New Year! I hope yall had a nice evening and a great start to 2012. I can’t believe it’s already here – my how time flies! 🙂

This was one of the easiest holiday desserts I’ve ever made! Just melt chocolate, add crushed peppermints, and voila – you have a tasty and festive treat. The nice part is that you can use whatever type of chocolate you like. If you’re more of a dark chocolate person, go for it! Or if you hate white chocolate, either skip it or use a different flavor. It’s so simple and would be the perfect addition to your holiday dessert platter!

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:
1 2/3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
4 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 cup peppermints, crushed

Yield: 16 large triangular pieces

Directions:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or a silpat sheet and set aside. Melt the milk chocolate in a bowl, stirring until completely smooth. (slowly in the microwave or over simmering water, whatever method you prefer) Remove from heat and add 2 tsp of peppermint extract. Stir to combine. Pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to make a large rectangle. Put in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to cool and harden.

Melt the white chocolate in the same way, remove from heat and add the remaining 2 tsp of peppermint extract. Stir to combine. Pour the melted white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate, spreading quickly and carefully to avoid melting the milk chocolate layer. Spread the white chocolate evenly, but leave milk chocolate edges showing. Sprinkle the crushed peppermints on top and press them gently to secure. Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to cool and harden.

When cooled, either cut or break the bark into large squares, and then into triangles. Serve and enjoy!

Source: Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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