Peppermint Bark is delicious- and so so easy to make! Even easier than the homemade caramels that I made a few posts ago! I don't get why it's so expensive online (Williams Sonoma- $20 &Shari's Berries- $25) because it takes about $5 bucks to make a whole cookie sheet worth!
All you'll need:
1 bag of either milk or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag of white chocolate chips
10 candy canes
Wax or Parchment Paper
Step 1: Set up your double boiler. All you'll need is a small sauce pan with about 1 inch of water in it- and a metal or a oven safe glass bowl! Set the bowl on top of the pot- make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't sink so far into the pot that it touches the water- that will ruin your chocolate. Get your water up to a boil and then reduce to a low heat.
Step 2: Add your milk/semi sweet chocolate chips to the bowl and slowly mix as the chocolate melts.
***The most important part of this step is to make sure that none of the steam coming from the pot gets in the chocolate- any water will make your chocolate seize up and the whole batch will be ruined!!*****
Step 4: While the milk chocolate is hardening in the fridge, take your candy canes and put them in a ziplock bag. Put a hand towel underneath the bag, and one on top- when you start smashing them the dust will get everywhere if you don't cover it! Use a hammer or back end of a knife to crush the candy canes until it's part dust and part small pieces.
Looks good, right? I wrapped them up into cute little cellophane bags along with the homemade caramels and a few chocolate dipped pretzels- perfect season's greetings gift!
Oh, and here are those chocolate dipped pretzels. I found some cute snowflake sprinkles to go along with the usual red-white-green ones, and used extra crushed up candy canes for decoration!
So what holiday treats did you make for others?! These?