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Two-Ingredient Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Dec 11, 2017

It’s a good thing to have a few quick treats up your sleeve during the holidays — things you can mix together in less time than it takes to stop for a bottle of wine en route to a party. This simple peppermint bark can be made in minutes, and you can let it chill while you’re in the shower. It’s also perfect to make with kids, and it makes a great gift for teachers, coaches, friends and relatives. 


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Measuring cup of crushed chocolate and a side of candy canes.

To make your own bark, all you need is some chocolate and a few candy canes or peppermint sticks. Any kind will do, but I like the contrast of dark chocolate and crunchy white peppermint. Even chocolate chips will do, but the better quality chocolate you start with, the better your bark will be. I like having a few large bars on hand for holiday baking.

Melted chocolate.

Roughly chop your chocolate and melt it in a double boiler on the stovetop. If you're pressed for time, microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring each time so that the warmth of the melted chocolate melts the bits that aren't quite melted yet. For an extra hit of peppermint, add a drop or two of oil or extract.

Crushed chocolate and peppermint extract.

Spread your melted chocolate onto a parchment-lined sheet. If you have white and dark, swirl the two together to create a marbled effect. Then all you need to do is bash the unwrapped candy canes and sticks in a resealable baggie or chop them roughly on a cutting board, and sprinkle them over the chocolate before it sets. Kids are great at this, and will discover all kinds of things in the pantry they can turn into bar. Try: dried cranberries and pistachios; toasted almonds; candied orange zest or ginger.

Crushed candy canes.

Let the chocolate sit at room temperature or stick it outside (if it’s cold!) to let it firm up quickly.

Chilling peppermint bark.

Once perfectly chilled, you can bash it into pieces to serve, or package the pieces up in a decorative box, container or mug to give to deserving people on your list.

Broken peppermint bark.

Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.

 

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