i've been making Peppermint Bark for years now. It is so easy & so delicious. Alexi & i made a couple batches to give as gifts. I love giving out small tokens of baked goods love to my neighbors & friends. I might even try to make the snowflake peppermint bark pieces i have seen floating on pinterest.
If you want to get the kids involved, have them crush the candy canes, spread the chocolate, & sprinkle the crushed candy canes. This is a combination of two recipes, one i found & one was shared with me by my friend Tina. I like the cool peppermint taste so i also used some extract but that can be adjusted to your liking. Also important to note that the better the chocolate, the better the taste. The chocolate should have Cocoa Butter and not so much vegetable fats. Read the label on the back to check it out. ;)
- 4 oz Bitter/Dark Chocolate (60% Cocoa or higher)
- 4 oz Semisweet Chocolate
- 8 oz White Chocolate
- 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 - 2 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 1/2 cup Crushed Candy Canes
- cookie sheet
- parchment paper
- heat proof spatula (optional)
- baking/cake spreader
- parchment paper
- sauce pan & heat proof bowl or double boiler
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Melt both bitter & semi sweet chocolate with 1/2 tsp of vegetable oil & 1 tsp of peppermint.
I used a sauce pan filled with water & my stainless steel mixing bowl as a double boiler to melt the chocolates. whisk chocolate as melting. Pour on cookie sheet & spread evenly. Scrap bowl with a heat proof spatula to get all that chocolate from the bowl. Place in refrigerator to set, about 30 minutes.
Next crush candy canes. Place in bowl & set aside. Melt white chocolate using same method above again using 1/2 tsp of vegetable oil & 1 tsp of peppermint extract. Pour melted white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate & spread until even. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane chunks. Refridgerate for 30 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet & parchment paper and break into pieces. Store in containers in the fridge. So very yummy.