Thursday, November 20, 2014

Peppermint Candy Bark


As we approach Christmas, I want to share with you a very quick and simple treat. This takes 3 ingredients and is quick to prepare, yielding a delicious and very pretty treat for last minute gift giving or to serve after Christmas dinner.

Peppermint Candy Bark
makes  2-1/4 lbs

You will need a double boiler, or a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
Or if you are using a product that can be microwaved, follow the pkg. directions.

You will also need a parchment paper lined 11"x17"baking sheet and a gallon sized plastic storage bag to crush candy canes.

Ingredients

2 lbs White Chocolate or White 'Almond Bark'
12 Candy Canes
1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract


Chop the White Chocolate into small pieces with a large knife and place in top of double boiler. Meanwhile, fill bottom of double boiler with water so it just hits the the top section or bottom of heat proof bowl. Bring to boil. Lower heat slightly to keep water at low boil.


The candy will melt slowly. As it starts to melt, stir frequently.


Unwrap and crush candy canes inside a large plastic bag with a meat cleaver or rubber mallet. I crushed the pieces very small, but this is a matter of personal preference.


Once all of the White Chocolate is melted, remove from double boiler and place onto a folded up towel. Wipe all condensation off bottom of pan to keep it from dripping when you pour.

Next add the crushed up Candy Canes and the 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract and stir thoroughly.



Immediately pour the melted candy onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread evenly.

Chill until firm


Break into pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Or place in cellophane bags and decorate with tinsel garland and tiny ornaments for gift giving.

What could be easier? Candy is the universal gift and at this time of year, peppermint candy is the all time favorite.


Just don't forget to save a little for yourself!

Today I am linking with : M's Art Impressions: Friday Chocolate 

16 comments:

  1. I actually don't like white chocolate, but that is making my mouth water! Could you make it with milk chocolate do you think?

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  2. Hi Christine, yes, absolutely! In fact it tastes even better! xx

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  3. Peppermint bark is the best! I love how you wrapped yours! Thank you for visiting Little Farmstead… your comment made my heart skip! I love how you raised your children and that they love to come home!

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  4. It makes a very pretty color too!

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  5. Karen,
    Your peppermint candy bark looks delightful. I really love peppermint around this time of year. The silver wrapping is perfect for Christmas gifts. I am really getting into the Christmas spirit. I can see that you are also.

    love,
    ~Sheri

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  6. That looks SO delicious to me, and it's probably good that there's not a plate of it sitting in front of me right now. It really is appealing! And what a pretty way to make it such a festive gift! And that double boiler reminds me that last year I spied a really great double boiler at GoodWill for a couple dollars and almost bought it, but thought, 'Oh, I'll never use it.' Hmmmmmm. Do you hear me kicking myself??

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  7. I swear I can taste this right through the screen! I can just imagine that minty sweetness so well and know it would be seriously yummy!! One of the best parts of the holidays is not even eating the goodies (which is quite good), but the putting together of new treats or old traditions. I love having carols play in my kitchen and just melt away from the world as I work on a dish, especially if it's a gift for someone. I love looking back at your old posts for your recipes and crafts. You are just one talented Lady.

    And PS: I think you're about the sweetest most supportive Gal around and I cannot THANK YOU enough for your kind words and visting me on my new little blog. You're making this so much more fun for me and thanks to you I figured out how to make my photos larger, and I figured out the subscribe to me by email box. Yay! xo

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  8. I am so making your recipe!! I have tried a recipe in the past that called for mints and chocolate but it did not turn out the best. I like the idea of using candy canes!!! Yours looks outstanding dear friend...this comes just in time as I start to prepare gift ideas for teachers and neighbors!!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend Karen! Nicole xoxo

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  9. I love peppermint bark, there isn't anything else quite like it, even other mint chocolates aren't they same are they! Your packaging is so cute too! I am sure that whoever receives this from you will love it!! xx

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  10. Oh this look´s so good! Delicious!
    Have a happy weekend,
    Titti

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  11. I meant to tell you how much I enjoyed the photos of the red-bellied sapsucker. He sounded so happy eating the leftover apples, too. And that peppermint bark candy sounds wonderful. It looks so pretty in the festive sacks!

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  12. I like the colour the candy canes give. I think I need a mallet asap!

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  13. This sounds so delicious - and i'll try that recipe next! i love white chocolate - and peppermint. sweets like this really bring on the festive mood and brings a smile - to face and belly ;) Thank you for being part of my link up - your blog is always a traesure to look at! Hope you have a super start to your week, sunny greetings!

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  14. Sounds like the perfect Christmas treat, Karen! You're so right, who doesn't love candy as a sweet gift!

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  15. Hi Karen, wow this looks and sounds so good. It's the perfect holiday food gift! Enjoy your Thursday and the weekend.
    Julie

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