White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

in Desserts

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For the last couple years I have been trying to come up with some homemade edible gifts to give to family and friends. I figure that it’s nice to get something you couldn’t find in a store, and quite frankly, I just cannot afford to buy everyone I know a $30 sweater.

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This year the gift du jour was apple butter. To say the absolute least, it was quite a chore challenge. More on that later, but let me just say that when I was in the middle of grinding up apples in my kitchen sink I longed for last year, when I handed out little bags of white chocolate peppermint bark. I should have gone against my instinct to break tradition, cause white chocolate bark couldn’t be easier to make. And seriously, people go nuts over this stuff. I missed it so much that I whipped up a batch and brought it into work. By noon the whole tray was gone, which tells me some people had this for breakfast.

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Another thing that is great about chocolate bark is how easy it is to customize. Someone you know doesn’t like white chocolate?  Simply substitute any other type of chocolate chips into the mix. Last year, I made this for all of Chase’s family and then sent him off to visit them armed with candy for everyone. However, he failed to mention to me that his sister is allergic to peppermint. I can only imagine how excited she was to receive a gift that could cause her to break out in hives. Next time, I’ll make her something like this, or this.

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Looking for some inspiration, or maybe just some photos to drool over? Go to Tastespotting and search for “bark.” Honestly, it’s almost too much to handle.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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In this recipe I used Hershey’s chocolate candy canes, but don’t over-think what kind of peppermint you use. The main thing to pick up with this recipe is the technique. Once you have that down, let your imagination run wild!

16oz white chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup peppermints or 5 candy canes

Place the peppermint in a heavy-duty Ziploc bag and pound with a metal pan or hammer, breaking the candy into pieces. Set aside.

Place half of the chocolate chips into a large bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir the chips. Repeat this process until the chocolate is thoroughly melted (it should take about 90 seconds of cooking time)Once the chocolate is melted, add the rest of the chocolate chips and stir until everything is melted through. This will temper the chocolate, which prevents it from looking white or moldy when it’s set up.

Pour the chocolate into a pan lined with aluminum foil and spread into an even layer. It should cover approx. ½ of the sheet. Sprinkle the broken candies over the melted chocolate and allow it to cool, about 1 hour. Break into pieces and spread a little joy to all your friends.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica December 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Yummy! Thank you. I am going to make this tonight to add to my cookie trays :)

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Danny December 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I just salivated all over my keyboard

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Cafe Pasadena December 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm

The name of this is tasty enuf!!

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megan December 18, 2009 at 10:44 am

I love this stuff! my mom always buys the little red and green minty candy things from the candy store and mixes that into the white chocolate – so good!

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Claire December 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm

oooh I’ve never seen white chocolate peppermint bark, looks great!

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JAN December 9, 2011 at 2:45 am

YUMMY!!!! I want to make this for all my neighbors on my cul-de-sac (there are 40 people in all). Any suggestions as to how much of each ingredient I will need to make enough for 40 people?
Thanks!
Jan

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wendy December 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Thank you for this recipe. It was easy enough for my 12 year old to make. Its now going to be a new family tradition!

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Emily December 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

thanx… im going to make it right now…. no really… right now!!!!!!!! lol YUMMMM i can allready taste it

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Emily December 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

P.S im only 12… i love to bake and love white chocolate

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Herbivore Triathlete December 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Perfect. This is just what I was looking for. I am making this for my kids’ teachers and coaches. Thanks!

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Laura December 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

What size pan do you use? I’d imagine that makes a decent impact on the thickness of the bark…

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