One of my very favorite holiday treats is Peppermint Bark.
Is it because it’s basically hunks of white chocolate with crunchy peppermint?
Or because we only eat it in December, so it is novel?
Or is it because it is so beautiful: in a jar, in a bowl, on a plate, in my hand, in my mouth? Or is it because it makes such a great gift for people to enjoy for weeks?
Or is it because it is soooo simple to make and so tasty and lovely and if you buy it at Williams Sonoma it is a shocking $26.50 per pound , yet you can make it for just a few dollars?
Are you sold? Should Peppermint Bark be giving me commission?
Really, if you haven’t made it, you should try it. Simple. Elegant. Crowd Pleasing. Versatile. Yum!
Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
2 pounds white chocolate
Peppermint flavoring, to your taste- start with 1 tsp.
|hammer those mints...get out your aggression|
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave 30 seconds at a time (according to the chocolate package).
|peppermint-filled white, smoothed on pan|
|case in point|
*This is a very good use for broken candy canes- if you happen to have broken candy canes in your world for some reason, say, for instance, you have them as tree decorations and your 2 year old thinks they are really fun to play with, and then drops them on your wood floor, or something like that!
|dark chocolate under-layer|
|on the counter for snacking or to give as a gift|