Are you ready for all things peppermint and chocolate?! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to roll out the sugar cookie dough and sip mugs of hot cocoa by the fire. Why not munch on some homemade peppermint bark while you’re at it? I’ll admit I am not a huge fan of mint flavored anything, but my family swears by Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint bark every season, so I decided to finally try making my own version. They haven’t run out to the store yet, so I guess they approved!
This recipe is so easy that I actually think it takes less time than braving the crowds at the store. Chocolate is melted and generously spread into a thin layer on a baking sheet. After a quick chill in the fridge, white chocolate is melted and poured on top. I then sprinkled crushed candy canes over the chocolate and popped the pan back in the fridge until the chocolate hardened. I added peppermint extract to both chocolate layers and I actually liked the subtle flavor that it added. If you want a stronger peppermint flavor you could add more, or you could omit it all together and just go for the crushed candy canes on top.
Peppermint bark is the perfect homemade holiday gift that I am sure almost anyone would love. As things get busy around this time of year, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to come up with something creative and delicious!
Yield: one 9×13″ pan
12 oz semisweet or dark chocolate
12 oz white chocolate
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract, divided
6 candy canes, crushed
Place the candy canes in a ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to lightly crush them into small pieces.
Place a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water over medium heat on the stove so that the bowl is just above the water, but doesn’t hit the water. You should only have 3-4 inches of water in the pot. Add the dark chocolate to the glass bowl and stir until completely melted. Take the bowl off the heat and stir in 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract. Pour the chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet and use a spatula to spread the chocolate into a rectangle measuring about 9 x 13″. Place the baking sheet in the fridge until the chocolate has set, about 10-15 minutes.
Then melt the white chocolate over the stove using the same method as above. Stir in 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract. Pour chocolate on top of the hardened dark chocolate and spread evenly. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top and place the baking sheet in the fridge until chocolate has completely hardened. It will set after about 20 minutes, but it is best after a few hours so that it really hardens.