BEST EASY PEPPERMINT BARK RECIPE ~ A REALLY RETRO HO...Noreen's Kitchen
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I am making a half sheet pan of peppermint bark in this video. I used a 20 ounce bag of Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bittersweet chocolate chips, a 22 ounce bag of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips and 18 peppermint candy canes that I crushed with a small skillet. I used 1 cup of mini semi sweet chocolate chips for the drizzle. I also used some pure peppermint oil to flavor the chocolate.
Peppermint oil is used to flavor this bark. You don't want to use extract when you use good chocolate because it will cause the chocolate to seize when you mix it in. You can use almond bark or candy melts to make the bark, and in that case you can use the extract, however you are sacrificing quality when you use those very low quality melting chocolates. They are not real chocolate and they have been pre tempered so you will have a lot of snap, and a lot of waxiness in your finished product. So to flavor good chocolate you want to stick with peppermint oil. You can find this in the cake decorating section of the big box store or craft store. I found mine in the holiday section of Walmart where they have the seasonal sprinkles and tins for holiday goodies. The package comes with two bottles of oil, 1 fluid dram each. A dram equals approximately 1 tablespoon. You only need a total of 1 teaspoon for this recipe. 1/2 teaspoon in each layer. Be sure to measure, because this is very potent.
I covered a half sheet pan with non stick aluminum foil in preparation to make the bark. I melted the dark chocolate in the microwave on 30 second bursts until it was melted. In my microwave that took 1 minute and 30 seconds. Then I stirred until there were no lumps and added the peppermint oil and stirred well again. I spread the dark chocolate in the pan evenly then placed in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes until it was solid.
While the dark chocolate was setting I melted the white chocolate in the same manner and added the peppermint oil. When the dark chocolate was set, I poured the white chocolate on top and spread it out evenly then sprinkled the crushed candy canes over the top. I gave them a gentle press to embed them in the chocolate. Back into the fridge for another 10 minutes to set up.
I decided to add a drizzle to the top of mine with some semi sweet chocolate chips. You don't have too, but it looks super cute. I used a quart freezer bag and melted the chips right in that then mushed it up till it was smooth. Then I snipped the corner of the bag and drizzled away. Back into the fridge to set.
Now is the fun part. Cutting into pieces. You can use a knife or a mallet to achieve the desired look of your bark. Then package in gift bags, boxes or tins and you are ready to give your gifts!
You will want to store this in the refrigerator if you cooled in in the fridge to begin with. If you want a more room temp stable chocolate, you will want to cool it at room temp which can take a couple of hours but it will not soften at room temperature. It's up to you. If you cooled it in the refrigerator, you will need to store it in the fridge or in a cool garage if you live in a cooler climate.
I hope you give this peppermint bark a try this holiday season and I hope you love it!
Happy Eating and Happy Holidays!
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