Holiday Candy-Part 2

December 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Recently my husband and I had three holiday parties to attend in two days. Since I never show up to a party empty handed, I decided to make homemade Peppermint Bark. There is absolutely nothing more simple and festive than this bark. You can always get creative and make bark with any combination of chocolate, nuts and dried fruit or candies; but the peppermint flavor just seems to exude the Christmas Spirit.

After making four batches, I realized that everyone should know how to make this wonderful treat. All you need is a bag of milk chocolate chips, a bag of white chocolate chips, peppermint extract and peppermint candies. Start by smashing candies in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin and set off to the side. Next, melt milk chocolate chips (I prefer to use a double boiler, but the microwave works just a well). Pour melted chocolate onto a parchment lined cookie sheet letting it set in the fridge for 30 minutes. When chocolate is close to being set, melt white chocolate chips along with 1/4 tsp peppermint extract. Pour melted white chocolate over hardened milk chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candies. Return to the fridge for another 30 minutes. Once set, break into big or small pieces, whichever you prefer and share. It’s really that simple! You can always buy this treat if you run out of time, but there is something so special about receiving a gift that is homemade. I hope all the recipients of your treats are as appreciative as mine were.

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