‘Tis the season for candy canes, but candy canes can be so boring and redundant at this time of year so I thought I would have some fun with them. I decided to make a chocolate peppermint bark. It is so easy to put together and it makes for a perfect holiday gift to present to your dinner host. Since I love chocolate, I also made a version with pistachios and dried sour cherries.
What you’ll need:
1 11.5 ounce bag of dark chocolate chips
1/2 11.5 ounce bag of white chocolate chips
Miniature candy canes, crushed
Sheet tray / baking sheet
Melt the dark chocolate chips first, either in the microwave or over a double boiler. I boiled water in a pot and placed a metal bowl on top allowing the steam to melt the chips. The instant the chips are melted, remove them from the heat. Pour the melted chocolate over the wax paper that is set on the baking sheet. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate into an even layer. Place the dark chocolate in the refrigerator to harden. By the time the white chocolate is melted, the dark chocolate will be set. Next, melt the white chocolate using the same method. Pour the melted white chocolate over the hardened dark chocolate layer. Again, using a spatula, spread the white chocolate over the dark. Since the white chocolate is hot, it will slightly melt the dark chocolate layer underneath. Using a toothpick, draw swirls into the white chocolate layer allowing the dark chocolate to be exposed creating a nice design.
While the chocolate is still hot, liberally sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top. While I kept some pieces of the candy canes a bit chunky, I found that some of them did not stick well into the chocolate. Make sure you have a good combination of finely crushed candy cane pieces as well as the chunky pieces.
What you’ll need:
1 11.5 ounce bag of milk chocolate chips
Dried sour cherries
Using the same technique as the peppermint bark, melt the milk chocolate, spread into an even layer and top with the chopped pistachios and dried sour cherries. Gently press them into the melted chocolate to ensure they do not fall off after the chocolate is set. Place the chocolate into the fridge to harden.
When both barks are hardened, remove them from the refrigerator and break them into pieces. I bought cellophane bags from the dollar store that just happened to be decorated for the holidays, tied them closed with curled ribbon and placed them in a ceramic basket for easy transportation.
Enjoy the holidays!
♥ ♥ ♥
xoxo Xristina Marie
The Refined Palate