December 21, 2008

Sweet Tutorial

I'm running out of time to share all of the holiday posts that I wanted to. So, even though my birthday was yesterday and it was the single bestest birthday a girl ever had, I'm not going to tell you about it today. Nope. I'll save it for later and leave you hanging so that I can share with you this yummy Peppermint Bark tutorial. I hope you are loving every moment of these last days of the holiday season.

There are 2 versions of this recipe that I make. This one involves a bottom layer of melted semi sweet chocolate followed by a layer of the melted white chocolate topped with a swirl of more semi sweet chocolate. That's what I made this year but most years I just do the white chocolate with the semi swirl.

Jen's Peppermint Bark
1 or 3 12 ounce bags of semi sweet chocolate (depending on which recipe you choose)
3 12 ounce bags of semi sweet white chocolate
2 6 ounce boxes of candy canes, crushed
2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4 inch chunks or smaller. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler. When melted add candy cane chunks & peppermint extract. Separately melt 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour white chocolate mixture onto a large cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and spread white chocolate out to edges.

Pour melted semi-sweet chocolate in ribbons over top and swirl up and down and back and forth with a butter knife.

Put in refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle) and package in cellophane bags.

To do a layer of semi-sweet chocolate on bottom, first melt 2 bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips and pour onto large wax paper lined cookie sheet and let harden in the refrigerate before following recipe above.

17 comments:

  1. yum. i love peppermint bark...especially from william sonoma...but i've never made my own! i will have to add these things to my grocery list! thanks!

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jen!!
    This peppermint bark with white and dark choc sounds like something my family would love too :-) thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  3. As much as I do get excited about recipes, I am more excited to hear about the single most best birthday ever!!! The Happiest of Birthdays to you!!! I am glad to hear it was fabulous. Looking forward to details.

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  4. Yummy, that looks so good. Thank you for all the great recipes. Happy Birthday.
    Debbie

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  5. This is one of Gracie's favorite recipes to make and package for her teachers. Next time we will have to add a chocolate layer! YUM!

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  6. I have to try this!!! I love pepermint and chocolate together! Just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas! I enjoy your blog so much!

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  7. be lated happy birthday !
    Wow the peppermint choc sounds really yummy!

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  8. This sounds great.I'll have to squeeze this one in beofre Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Goodness gracious, I can't stop eating this stuff. Your recipe looks yummy! I'll have to save this:-)

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  10. Yummy, yummy, nothing else to say but please pass me a piece!

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN!!

    This recipe sounds wonderful. If anyone uses candy canes on the tree, this would be a great way to use them, after Christmas, too.

    Merry Christmas!

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  12. i adore peppermint bark and I haven't made any this year--probably won't now. Happy birthday!

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  13. um, that just looks SINFULLY delicious!

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  14. I made your recipe today and it so yummy! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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  15. YUMMY Jen. That looks so good.
    Hey I just noticed you live in the same town my son lives in. I'll be there in a week. WOOHOOO

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