Wednesday is National Peppermint Bark Day. We know, right? That’s a holiday? Anywho… As a result, there’s “research” that claims that Peppermint Bark is the nation’s favorite holiday treat. We’re calling B.S. on that because, well, the “holiday” designation. While Peppermint Bark is tasty, there are far superior treats too numerous to name.
Williams Sonoma (the place we visit for the best housewares porn) is to thank for this supposed Peppermint Bark obsession. In fact, the brand has developed 18 different products for your pleasure.
So, gift yourself or others this holiday season. But if you’re super frugal, make your own.
Homemade Peppermint Bark
*recipe courtesy of spendwithpennies.com
8 ounces dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
8 ounces premium white chocolate chopped into small pieces
½ teaspoon peppermint extract not “mint” extract
⅓ cup crushed candy cane pieces divided
Line an 8×8 baking pan with wax paper. Set aside.
Place chopped dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and heat on 15-second increments (stirring well between each) until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract.
Spread melted dark chocolate evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Set aside (do not refrigerate) and prepare your white chocolate layer.
Place your chopped white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and heat on 15-second increments (stirring well between each) until white chocolate is completely melted.
Stir in remaining peppermint extract. Add ¼ cup of crushed candy canes to the white chocolate and gently fold in until evenly distributed.
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