Snacks & Treats
Two-Ingredient Chocolate Peppermint Bark
BY JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL, DINNER WITH JULIE
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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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.
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.
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.
Let the chocolate sit at room temperature or stick it outside (if it’s cold!) to let it firm up quickly.
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.