Friday, December 21, 2012

Peppermint Bark Tutorial

This is my favorite time of year, everything is so festive! Its a little different for us this year being in a warm state for the first time. It was 80 degrees out today, we could hardly believe it! Still, we are enjoying baking cookies, eating tons of soup and watching holiday movies. Things are pretty tight this year so we are making all of our gifts. This is so much fun! I love spending the time with my husband and littles baking things for all our friends. The most affordable option we found was Peppermint Bark! The white chocolate, dark chocolate and peppermint really has me in the mood for some peppermint white hot chocolate too! With pieces of crumbled candy canes on top... Yum... But back to the peppermint bark. It is so easy to make and perfect for little helpers!

Peppermint Bark

1 lb Dark Chocolate
1 lb White Chocolate
1 pkg Candy Canes

I used dark chocolate in a block so I needed to chop it up first. If you're using chips of  course you can switch this step. Once thats done, put them in a double boiler (or a bowl over a pot of boiling water) and melt it. 

While your chocolate is melting put your candy canes in a bag. If you have a little one then they will have a blast hammering it into little pieces. We had some that was powdered, some tiny pieces and some bigger chunks.  Look at the look of pure joy on my babies face! Once they are crushed add a handful of the most powdery bits into the chocolate. When its all melted spread it into a greased cookie sheet or cake pan. Put it in the freezer.

Now, if you are wanting to take the time, get a fresh bowl for your white chocolate. I didn't and just put it right back into the same bowl. I think everything turned out just great so there really isn't need to dirty another bowl. You are going to repeat the exact same process. Then spread the white chocolate peppermint mixture onto the dark chocolate. After that sprinkle the remaining peppermint pieces onto the top and gently press them into the white chocolate so they stick.

Put it back into the freezer for about 30 minutes. As long as you greased your pan it should pop out. Mine came out in perfectly jagged shaped pieces. We bagged them up and gave them out. I saw some super cute holiday boxes in the dollar bins at Target. They would perfect for food gifts!

What are your favorite holiday treats? 
I love to hear from you!

Written By Happily Domestic Contributor: Brittney Thompson

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