Peppermint bark is the ultimate Christmas candy, and can cost quite a bit, too! By making your own peppermint bark, you can save money and treat your friends. Peppermint bark makes an excellent Christmas or New Year's gift - or you can make it at any time during the year. Save those candy canes - you'll need them!
- Assemble your ingredients. For two pounds of peppermint bark, you will need 9 regular-sized candy canes (peppermint flavored), 1 pound either dark or milk chocolate, one pound of white chocolate, one tablespoon butter, and waxed paper.
- Crush the candy canes. This can be a fun way to get out any aggression you might have! Put the unwrapped candy canes into a large plastic bag, and beat them. You can use a meat tenderizer, the back of a large spoon, a hammer, or even a shoe! It's up to you, just beat them until they are smashed into bits.
- Line a pan with buttered waxed paper. You can either butter the waxed paper or use non-stick parchment paper. Place the paper on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan - make sure it is one with shallow sides, not a completely flat one.
- Melt the milk or dark chocolate. This can be done either by grating the chocolate or breaking it up into small bits and then melting it in the microwave (about two and half minutes, but keep an eye on it!) or in a double boiler. You don't want to melt it in a saucepan that is directly on the stove, because it is easy to burn.
- Pour the chocolate onto the waxed paper. Pour the melted chocolate onto the waxed or parchment paper, spreading it out evenly with a rubber spatula.
- Chill. Chill the beginnings of the peppermint bark in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes, or until it has hardened somewhat.
- Melt the white chocolate. This can be done in the same way as the other chocolate, but make sure that you keep an eye on it, as it is easy to scorch white chocolate.
- Pour the melted white chocolate on top of the other chocolate. Spread it out the best you can with your rubber spatula - it doesn't have to be perfect.
- Sprinkle the crushed candy cane on top. Take the candy cane pieces and sprinkle them all over the white chocolate. Make sure you do this right away while the white chocolate is still warm, or else they won't stick.
- Chill. Put the peppermint bark in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes until it is firm.
- Take the peppermint bark off of the pan. The easiest way to do this is to turn the pan upside down, and peel the waxed paper (you did remember to grease it, right?) off of the underside of the bark.
- Break the peppermint bark into pieces. Some people try to cut the peppermint bark into neat squares, but it's usually more fun (and lives up to its name) if you just break it up. If the candy cane pieces fall off, just pour the crumbs back on top when you are done.
- Eat - and see how quickly it disappears! Peppermint bark is often the first to disappear at holiday parties - and just wait to see how many compliments you get on your homemade bark!
Peppermint bark is so easy to make that you're sure to make it a new family tradition! Just make sure you use peppermint candy canes, or else you might end up with very odd-tasting bark.