More Than Herbs & Flowers
Bo and I love our peppermint bark, and always make sure to have some at our house every year throughout the holidays. We used to buy it at Williams-Sonoma, or we bought the bags of little squares by Ghirardelli. A few years ago, on the night before Christmas Eve, we decided to make our own. It was easy and fun.
It is so simple to make, I doubt we will ever buy it again.
Here’s how we did it:
We bought two bags of chocolate chips, one of dark chocolate, and one of white chocolate, plus a large stick of peppermint candy. Bo melted the dark chocolate in a double boiler and poured it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I used an extra-wide cookie spatula to spread the chocolate until it was a thin, smooth layer. We put it into the fridge until it was hard.*
While it chilled, we put the peppermint stick into a zip-close bag, and crushed it with a meat cleaver. That was a good way to take out any frustrations you may have, and it’s kind of fun.
When the peppermint is crushed, set it aside while waiting for the white chocolate to be ready to receive it. Last Christmas, we found this reusable little jar of crushed peppermint. Using it saved us time for both crushing and cleaning the mess — those little pieces of peppermint go everywhere.
Bo then melted the white chocolate in the double boiler, and poured it over the dark chocolate. Again, I spread the white chocolate over the dark. Immediately, we began sprinkling crushed peppermint over the white chocolate, and patting it in so it wouldn’t fall off when the chocolate hardened.
*NOTE: Be sure to take the dark chocolate out of the fridge a few minutes before the white chocolate is completely melted. We learned the hard way that, if the dark chocolate is too cold, it causes the white chocolate to begin cooling before it can be spread completely. This resulted in a chocolate mess.
The finished product may take a bit longer to harden than expected because the warmth of the white chocolate will soften the dark chocolate, but it is definitely worth the wait. That first year, we enjoyed it all through Christmas and the following week. We’re already looking forward to making this special treat again this year.
Here’s the finished product. All that’s left to do is to break it up into pieces.