Peppermint Bark from The Faux Martha

Apples come from a case in the grocery store. Oats come out of a bag. And peppermint barks comes from a very expensive tin can. These were the things I thought growing up in sprawling suburbia. One of my favorite parts of adulthood has been understanding the origin of where my food comes from and how to make it if I can. I’ve picked apples from trees. Driven by oat farms and studied the anatomy of this lush little grain. And, as of now, I’ve figured out how incredibly simple it is to make peppermint bark at home. What is it they say? Girl grown.

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Peppermint Bark


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Ingredients

  • 10 oz. (1 1/4 c.) good quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 10 oz. (1 1/4 c.) good quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 c. peppermint candies, crushed

Instructions

  1. Line a pan with a 12″x8″ piece of foil.
  2. Melt 3/4 of the dark chocolate over a double boiler or microwave on medium until just melted. Fold in the remaining chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
  3. Using a spatula, evenly spread a thin layer of chocolate close to the edge of the foil. Allow to harden at room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  4. Repeat with the white chocolate, layering on top of the dark chocolate, being sure to use a completely dry bowl to keep the chocolate from seizing.
  5. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint, lightly pressing into the chocolate. Allow to harden at room temperature, about 30 minutes. Break into pieces. Store covered in a container for up to 2 weeks or longer in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

• Skip the Starlight Peppermints and go for the regular or mini candy canes. They are much easier to crush. I place them in a freezer bag, fold over, and use a meat tenderizer to crush.

• For the chocolate, be sure to buy good quality. Chips are cheaper than bars unless you have a Trader Joe’s nearby. They sell dark chocolate by the pound. Make sure your white chocolate is the real deal, no partially hydrogenated stuff. I prefer Ghiradelli or Trader Joe’s.

• If you are using chocolate chips, no need to coarsely chop.

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