Gift Guide: Peppermint Bark

Another great inexpensive holiday gift or stocking stuffer is homemade candy. I’ve seen numerous amounts of peppermint bark this year from Ghiradelli, to Lindt, and kisses. Why spend $5 on a tiny portion when you can spend the same amount and have at least ten gifts to give away? Making peppermint bark is so easy because all it requires is melting chocolate, freezing, and getting your aggression out when you whack the candy canes.

My only concern is that my candy canes were flying everywhere when I whacked them. There was also a lot of dust. Maybe someone has a better idea than the old baggie and rolling pin whacking method to crush the canes.

Here is the recipe:

1 lb.(16 oz by weight) dark or semi-sweet chocolate (make sure it’s good quality, it’s the star of the show)
1 lb. white chocolate
6 oz. crushed candy canes

Melt dark chocolate in double boiler. You can just use a stainless steel bowl over a pot of simmering water. I wouldn’t microwave because the chocolate has a greater chance of burning, and that’s gross. Melt the chocolate until smooth. Remove from pot. Pour melted chocolate onto a half size sheet pan covered with wax paper (this is essential for removing the chocolate). Place in freezer for 30 minutes, until firm. Melt white chocolate using double boiler method. Pour evenly over chocolate. The trick here is to pour over so that you don’t have to spread much. Once you start spreading, the white heats up the dark and you start to marble the chocolates. While white chocolate is still warm sprinkle candy over the top and press into white chocolate. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Remove from pan and break apart into chunks. Store in airtight container.

Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

They look really cute in bags with homemade tags.

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