Monday, December 15, 2014

{5 Minute} Peppermint Bark

{5 Minute} Swirled Peppermint Bark makes a great holiday gift!
Smooth chocolate combines with peppermint to make this classic holiday treat. Whether you want a dessert for a party or a gift for a friend, Peppermint Bark is perfect for almost any holiday occasion. I'm going to show you today just how easy it is to make. Once you've made peppermint bark at home, the odds are good that you'll never be tempted to buy it again.

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COOK'S NOTE: Swirling the chocolates together not only looks pretty, but it helps hold together the different chocolates when you are cutting the bark into pieces.

{5 Minute} Peppermint Bark
Yield: 12 servings
(printable recipe)

12 ounces white chocolate, chopped or chips
16 ounces semi sweet or dark chocolate, chopped or chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
Topping: 10 mini candy canes, crushed, about 2-3 tablespoons worth

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the white chocolate and the semi-sweet chocolate into two separate glass bowls. Add 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract to each bowl. Place the dark chocolate in the microwave and heat 90 seconds, as 50% power, do NOT heat at full power. Stir and heat an additional 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir again until smooth. Pour the chocolate onto the parchment lined baking sheet and use a spatula to spread it across the paper.

Repeat the melting process with the white chocolate. Spoon the melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate. Use a knife or the edge of the spatula to lightly swirl the chocolates together. Sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Refrigerate until firm. Use a knife to cut the bark into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

Peppermint Chocolate Bark makes a great holiday gift! - easy recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. Not to be picky, but where does the peppermint extract go? I read the recipe twice and checked the printable version and neither specify.

    1. The peppermint oil is divided between the two bowls of chocolate. Thank you for catching that, Marcie. Enjoy!

  2. Wow! This looks amazing. Did you say {5 minute}?! With all we have to do during the holiday season, it's nice to have a simple treat ready to share.

  3. A little longer than 5 minutes for me. Crushing the candy canes and the baker's chocolate made it longer. The chocolate melting time alone totals 4 minutes. Allow cleanup time. Still a great timesaver, and very pretty. I swirled more than the picture, so it's not quite as pretty as shown, so swirl sparingly. After spending 15-20 minutes in the kitchen it's deliciously cooling in the fridge. 20 minutes is enough cooling. Size your baking tray small enough if you want straight edges. My cookie sheet is 12" X 18", probably 2-3" too wide each way. Will still taste great and impress the friends who'll receive it.