12.20.2010

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

No matter what time of the year it is, peppermint reminds me of Christmas. I remember buying peppermint shampoo one summer and I hated it: I hated it because it made me sad. December, gaudy Christmas trees, and candy canes were months away. But now that it’s well into the holiday season (well, December), peppermint is everywhere. Candies, dessert, sweets…yum. One of my favorite peppermint sweets to make is this chocolate bark with milk chocolate, white chocolate, cacao nibs and peppermint candy:

It tastes like Christmas and it actually helps me get into the holiday spirit despite my pessimistic nature.

Even though it looks difficult to make, it’s actually stupidly easy.

The most complex part of the process involves melting chocolate — that doesn’t sound so hard does it? Not only is it an easy sweet snack to make, you can turn it into a great holiday gift too: just wrap the candy in a cellophane bag and tie a ribbon around it. Fancy! 

For a 9” x 10” baking pan:

  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate (chopped or use chips)
  • 8 oz. white chocolate (chopped or use chips)
  • 1/4 c. cacao nibs
  • 1/3 c. peppermint candy, crushed

Set a sheet of parchment paper or silpat over a baking pan and make sure it is completely covered.

 Melt the chocolate and white chocolate in two different heatproof bowl (preferably glass) by setting each bowl over a small pot of simmering water — the pan helps distribute the heat of the bowl a little more evenly so the chocolate and white chocolate melts a little better. When the white chocolate and chocolate are melted, spread the white chocolate on the baking pan so that it almost covers the whole pan. Gently spoon the melted semisweet chocolate on top of the white chocolate and spread it evenly with a spatula. Don’t worry if it mixes with the white chocolate! That’s what makes it look interesting! Sprinkle with cacao nibs and peppermint candy. Let it rest for several hours and do not touch it until the chocolate sets.

Once the chocolate bark is set and firm, break it into small pieces to serve.

Nomnomnom…

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