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Candy Canes

The holidays are here and the children will soon be out of school, this is a great time to begin some new family traditions. Preparing easy, great-tasting desserts is a great way to build memories with your children. Some homemade treats also make great gifts.

This easy peppermint bark recipe is one that doubles as both a great treat and a great gift. Legend has it that peppermint bark candy originated in a Florida shop, back in the 1960s. The most famous version was introduced by kitchenware and home furnishing company, Williams Sonoma back in 1998. The recipe is very simple with only 4 ingredients.

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of premium dark chocolate, chopped into small bits
  • 8 ounces of premium white chocolate chopped into small bits
  • ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract (not mint)
  • 1/3 cup of crushed candy canes (divided)

Directions

  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with wax paper.
  2. Heat dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. Return to microwave and heat on 10- second increments, stirring between each increment, until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract.
  3. Evenly spread the chocolate into the wax paper-lined pan. Set aside (do not refrigerate)
    1. *Do not allow dark chocolate layer to set too long or the white chocolate layer will separate.
  4. Follow the same steps for melting the white chocolate, until completely melted. Stir in remaining peppermint extract. Add ¼ cup of crushed candy canes and fold into white chocolate mixture.
  5. Spread white chocolate mixture evenly and gently over the chocolate layer.
  6. Immediately sprinkle the remaining crushed peppermint over the white chocolate layer.
  7. Allow bark to harden at room temperature and then break into pieces.

*Premium chocolates work best with this recipe. White chocolate with cocoa butter works great.