Pep up your holidays with this Peppermint Bark recipe

[image-1]12 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

12 oz white chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup whipping cream

1 tsp peppermint extract

6 oz peppermint candies

1. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with non-stick foil; make sure you let the sides overhang so you can pull the bark out when it is done. In a heavy duty zip-lock bag, crush the peppermints

2. In a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate, peppermint extract and whipping cream and stir until smooth. Pour the dark chocolate into the baking pan and evenly smooth out. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm.

3. In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate and stir until smooth. Remove the dark chocolate from the fridge and, with a paper towel, blot off any moisture that has accumulated on the top. Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the peppermint candies over the white chocolate.

4. Place in fridge to firm for about 1 hour. Remove and cut to your desired shape and size. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


The Hungry Housewife

While a LARGE amount of my money is funneled into Williams-Sonoma's glorious pockets, it will not be going to the purchase of their ridiculously expensive Peppermint Bark. Yes it is heavenly, but come on — us food savvy people can make our own for a fraction of the price. Sure, we won't be getting the cute Holiday Tin to go along with it, but who the hell cares? Yours will be made with love, people! All you need is love, all you need is love, love is all you need (can't you hear me singing in my best John Lennon?)

Lets make some BARK!

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