Peppermint Bark

peppermint bark recipe
Peppermint Bark is delicious, and certainly on of the easiest holiday treats you can make.  Here's our quick and easy method of making it. 
The ingredients are simple:
1 bag of semisweet or dark chocolate chips
1 bag of white chocolate chips
candy canes
Here's the super easy version of how to make it:
Melt chocolate; spread it onto a pan lined with parchment paper.
Let it cool, the melt white chocolate and spread on top of dark chocolate.
Sprinkle, crushed candy canes onto white chocolate. 
Let cool, then flip over and cut into pieces.
Tada!!  That's it! 
For those of you that like more detailed, step by step instructions, here you are:
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Empty the bag of semisweet chocolate chips into a bowl. 
Place in microwave for 30 seconds.
Stir.
30 more seconds in microwave.
Stir.
Repeat above steps until the chocolate chips are completely melted, but do not overheat.
*I added in a few (ok, 8) Andes mints (green wrapper) to give the chocolate a minty flavor, but if you don't have any, add a drop of peppermint extract. 
Pour melted chocolate chips onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and spread evenly.  Don't try to cover the entire pan, just spread it out some.
Place pan of chocolate in the fridge to harden.
Here comes the fun part. 
Unwrap some candy canes, say, 6 or so, and place in a ziplock bag.
Find a hammer and smash away. 
Repeat the whole chocolate melting step with the bag of white chocolate chips.
Take your pan out of the fridge, and spread the melted white chocolate on top of the now hardened semisweet chocolate. 
Sprinkle the candy cane bits on the white chocolate before it begins to set. 
* White chocolate seems to be thicker and sets more quickly than the darker chocolate, so work fast.
Place the pan in the fridge to cool and harden.
Once chocolate is hard, turn it out of the pan onto a new sheet of parchement paper.
Peel away from the original parchment paper, and cut into pieces. 
*I do not cut my bark into perfect squares.  I just cut however the mood strikes.

The really hard part... try not to eat it all before you wrap it up for friends!
peppermint bark

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