One of my favorite and incredibly easiest treats to make is my peppermint bark recipe. I usually make it once a year at Christmas! I made it again this year and had a novel idea. Why not make this for valentines day gifts for the ladies in my small group. (I hope they aren't reading this, but if you are, well, then like you are surprised!)
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Peppermint bark is so easy to make. Like easy. To make.
The best part is you only need two ingredients. White Chocolate Chips and Peppermint Candy!
Peppermints (I used leftover candy canes, that were hiding in the tree when we removed the lights(you know what I mean). Otherwise, you can use peppermint candy from the dollar tree! I prefer Nestle White Morsels, but you can use what you prefer.
Step 1: Unwrap the candy! I used about 8-10 candy canes or about 25 peppermints.
(I usually make too much peppermint. I store the extra in a storage container.)
Step 2: Grind or smash the candy.
You have two options. Option number one is the easiest. Use a powerful blender (like my Ninja) to pulverize the candy. Option two is the one I used for years before I got my ninja. Bag the peppermints doubled in two/gallon ziplock bags (doubled to prevent it from pocking holes and making a mess) to smash. Use a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer to smash the candy.
The peppermint should be mostly fine, but I like to leave a few larger pieces. It makes the peppermint bark look amazing.
Can you see the larger chunks in the image above?
Step 4: Melt the Chocolate
Dump the chips into a microwave-safe bowl. I use my large glass mixing bowl. Microwave it for two minutes. When you take it out, it will not look melted. Stir with a spoon until smooth.
Step 5: Add Crushed Peppermint
Pour about 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint into the melted chocolate and stir until well mixed.
Step 6: Spread the mixture
The next step is to thinly spread the mixture onto a lid or a tray. I use a cheap thin tray from the dollar tree. I used to use a Tupperware lid from my That'sa bowl. I lost it so that is out the window. It was perfect!
Step 7: Garnish
Use some of the remaining crushed peppermint pieces and sprinkle over the peppermint bark. I love how the larger pieces make the peppermint bark look so vibrant. Gently press the pieces into the mixture.
Step 8: Cool
Place the tray of peppermint bark into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to one hour.
Step 9: Break
Take the tray of peppermint out of the fridge and break the peppermint bark into pieces. 13 Ideas to do with Your Toddler!!
Step 10: Package
I chose these nifty little jars from Target. You know that trap right by the front door. The one that tricks you into thinking you are saving because everything is under three dollars. However, you end up spending like $50 anyway? Yeah, that area!