Peppermint Bark

Hello!

It’s finally April! If you haven’t checked your calendars recently, that means only two and a half months {for me, anyway} left of school :) It’s also the first “true” month of spring!

Anyhoo, Peppermint Bark is commonly made around Christmas, but my mom snagged a package of pastel-colored candy canes to use for Easter. Technically, these candy canes don’t taste like peppermint {they are a fruity flavor} but it is the same idea. Marbling dark and white chocolate together with a sprinkle of candy canes, bark is quick and easy to make, but the result looks oh-so sophisticated. The key is not to complicate the recipe. You can use the simplest of tools { a rolling pin and microwave, for example} and still end with a delicious treat! Make sure to let the chocolate harden before breaking it into pieces. This is a good recipe to try out with the little ones. Let them go all out with sprinkling the peppermint onto the chocolate. It could totally pass for pixie dust ;)

Peppermint Bark Adapted from Hannaford’s

ingredients

  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate {I used four Ghirardelli chocolate bars}
  • 1/2 pound white chocolate {I used two Ghirardelli chocolate bars}
  • 8 to 10 candy canes {for pastel colored ones, look for the Smarties brand}

to make

  1. Place candy canes in a durable plastic bag.
  2. Using a rolling pin, break them apart until finely chopped. Put aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 250ºF.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Break apart 1/2 pound of chocolate and place on baking sheet. Put in the oven to soften for one to two minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, break apart 1/4 pound of white chocolate and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
  7. Take chocolate out of the oven. It should be softened, but still somewhat chunky. Spread with a spatula for a smooth surface, about 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Places spoonfuls of white chocolate onto semisweet chocolate. Marble together with a spoon.
  9. Sprinkle candy cane bits over the chocolate mixture.
  10. Let the bark sit for 4 hours or overnight to harden.
  11. Repeat steps 4 through 10 to make another batch.
  12. Once hardened, break apart the bark into pieces.
  13. Store in the fridge or freezer.
  14. Tasty!

Bella :)

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