Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite gifts to give during the holiday season. It is absolutely delicious and because it's truly a seasonal treat, it feels extra special to enjoy this classic candy. The past years I've always picked up peppermint bark from stores like William & Sonoma, but this year I decided to try and make it on my own. I was surprised to find that it's very easy and my husband and I even tinkered with a recipe to make it even better!
-16 oz of semi sweet chocolate chips or bars(you can use different chocolate to render different flavors depending on what you want)
-16 oz white chocolate chips or bars
-12-20 candy canes(miniature work best)
Double Broiler Set-up
20 Inch pan
-In a plastic bag, place the candy canes inside, crush up and set aside for later
~In a double broiler, place the semi sweet chocolate chips in the double broiler and set the stove to a LOW setting. If the setting is too high, you will burn the chocolate
- Intermittently stir the chips with the spatula until all the chips are melted and smoothed over
-Place approximately 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tsp peppermint extract in the melted mixture and stir well
-Removing from the broiler, pour the contents onto the pan and smooth over with the spatula so that it is evenly spread
-Place the pan either in the freezer or outside(if you are somewhere where it gets pretty cold) for about an hour
-After about 30-45 minutes you can start the next phase
-This involves the exact same process only with the white chocolate
-Once the white chocolate is melted and the vanilla and peppermint extract have been added, bring out/in the pan and pour the white chocolate on top of the other chocolate and spread evenly
-You can also choose to sprinkle some crushed candy cane inside the melted chocolate and stir it up to add some extra pepperminty-ness!
-Once it has been poured, sprinkle the crushed candy canes from earlier, place back inside the freezer or set outside for another 3-5 hours for best results
-After done freezing, take out and cut into squares and enjoy!