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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Peppermint Bark


Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite winter treats. This "recipe" is so fast, easy, and affordable... only 4 ingredients! This will be a hit at any holiday party, a wonderful gift for a coworker or loved one, and is a perfect treat to make tons of and keep all for yourself.

*In order to have the white chocolate melt properly, make sure that you get real white chocolate chips, not "white morsels." If you're unsure if its real chocolate, check the ingredients: one of the first 2 ingredients in real white chocolate is cocoa butter.



INGREDIENTS
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 ounces real white chocolate chips
1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 candy canes, crushed

Take the semi-sweet chocolate chips and place them in a glass bowl. Microwave the chips for 15 second intervals, stirring with a spatula in between, just until melted- you do not want the chocolate to be hot. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate into an even layer, about 1/8-inch thick. Put in fridge for about 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate chips the same way as the semi-sweet chips. Once melted, add the peppermint extract, and stir together, tasting to make sure you've added enough. Once the semi-sweet layer has hardened, pour the white chocolate on top and spread evenly. Top with crushed candy canes. Refrigerate for another 20-30 minutes, or until very hard. Remove from fridge and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container/tin. These will stay good in the fridge for weeks, the freezer for months, or on your counter for a good 10-days. YUM.

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