I love Christmastime and I love being in the kitchen this season, but there’s too much to bake and not enough Christmas season to bake it all! This week I pulled out my Christmas apron and I planned out three different Christmas themed treats I wanted to bake over the next few weeks. I’ve already made my fair share of sugar cookies this season so I am now able to move on to other more exciting treats.
I decided to make Peppermint Bark this year because I’ve only made it once before and it’s such a fun and festive treat! I don’t really care much for white chocolate which has prevented me from making this more often in the past, but this year I made it with a base layer of semi-sweet chocolate which made a huge difference!
Moment of truth: I sort of messed this recipe up. I know, I know. You’re probably wondering how in the world did I mess up something as easy as peppermint bark. But I definitely did – the bark was still edible and pretty though. And with my fix in the recipe you can make the bark too with no problems. This is why I love blogging, I can cook, mess something up, learn from my mistakes and help teach people to prevent them from messing up the same way.
You only need three ingredients: milk chocolate/semi-sweet chocolate/dark chocolate, white chocolate and candy canes.
First, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or a baking mat.
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate, or dark or milk chocolate, over medium-low heat in a saucepan.That’s the great thing about this recipe, you can choose the chocolate to your preference.
Technically the chocolate needs to be melted over a double boiler, or in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, but that takes too much time so I just melt it nice and slow, it takes a good 10 minutes. This is also the stage that I messed up. Normally when I melt chocolate I add cream or half-n-half to help make it smoother, but unfortunately in this case it prevented the chocolate from setting. At the end the chocolate was still a little soft and sticky, not firm like the white chocolate.
Pour the chocolate onto the the prepared pan and use a rubber spatula to spread it out to make a nice even layer. Set this in the fridge or freezer to help set.
While the chocolate is cooling, break up the candy canes. I put them into a zip bag and smashed them with my rolling pin. They need to be broken up into fairly small pieces because they’re hard candy and no one wants to bite into a large chunk of hard candy.
Next, melt the white chocolate. The nice thing about white chocolate is that it’s not really chocolate so it melts nice and smoothly in the microwave. Zap it for 30 second intervals stirring after each time until totally smooth. Pour the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate using a rubber spatula to smooth it out.
Immediately sprinkle the broken up candy canes over the white chocolate so they can set into the chocolate. Set this mixture in the fridge to set quicker, or just let it sit out in room temperature until firm. Takes a good 30-60 minutes to fully set.
Break the peppermint bark into pieces and eat up! This makes a perfect little party favor or an easy little treat to nibble on while at a Christmas party. I love the combination of the white chocolate mixed with the semi-sweet chocolate and the peppermint of the candy canes is the perfect topping! And they just look pretty and festive!
- 1 pound milk chocolate, or semi-sweet, or dark chocolate
- 1 pound white chocolate
- 6 candy canes, crushed into small pieces
- Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or baking mat
- melt the semi-sweet chocolate, or chocolate of your choice, over medium-low heat in a heavy saucepan until the chocolate is totally melted and smooth
- Pour chocolate sauce over prepared baking sheet and smooth out. Set into freezer or fridge.
- Melt white chocolate in microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each.
- Pour white chocolate over semi-sweet chocolate on baking sheet and smooth out.
- Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes over white chocolate. Let set until chocolate is firm.
- Break into pieces