Peppermint bark – the perfect project for Day 6 – it’s so easy!

Peppermint candy cane on my scanner

Peppermint candy cane on my scanner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is far one of the easiest ways to add a homemade flair to your holiday goody gifts. Although not a fan of making truffles or fudge, I found that this peppermint bark couldn’t be easier.

The ingredient list is simple:

Start with only the best quality white chocolate chips – I like Ghiradelli, crush some peppermint candy canes, add a little food coloring (optional) and peppermint extract.  Here are the quantities I use:2012-12-19 20.44.25

2 bags Ghiradelli white chocolate chips (11 oz each)

7 – 8 peppermint candy canes

1 tsp peppermint extract – or to your taste

Optional: a drop or two or red food coloring to add a richer color.

  1. Unwrap canes and break into chunks.  Place into a ziplock bag and hammer on a wooden cutting board until candy is crushed into pieces no larger than 1/4 inch.  Set aside for step 3.
  2. Melt chips in the top of a double boiler (If you don’t have one, try a glass or stainless bowl on top of a pot of simmering water).  You can also microwave, but make sure you heat only a minute at a time, stirring to melt completely.  DO NOT OVERHEAT CHOCOLATE in microwave or you will end up with a stiff mess of chocolate that will end up in the trash!
  3. Add crushed canes to chocolate and stir well.
  4. Add extract and optional food coloring.
  5. Spread on to a wax paper covered baking sheet (I use a 10 x 15 baking sheet)
  6. Place in refrigerator for 30 – 45 minutes to harden, then break into  pieces and store in a tightly covered cookie tin.

Enjoy and be creative with this by trying some of the other flavored varieties of candy canes available!

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2 responses to “Peppermint bark – the perfect project for Day 6 – it’s so easy!

  1. Well that certainly sounds simple enough, and delicious too! Here from LinkedIn

  2. Reblogged this on Pudbudder – It's all about fun! and commented:

    Another day in A Pudbudder Holiday. Decided to report from the 6th Day of Christmas. This is on my agenda today. Crushing candy canes right now! Enjoy a little sweetness this holiday:)