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Ah, it’s that time of year, when the kids have a two hour delay from school and the streets are bone dry.  Is it just me, or did they only delay or cancel school when there was actual precipitation back in the olden days?  I guess that’s a side effect of a lawsuit-happy populace, but that’s a post for another day.  Today, we move on to more serious matters–the coveted Christy’s Peppermint Bark Recipe!

I know that the make-your-own theme of my recent posts (liquors and bath salts, what a combination!) may be getting old, especially if you prefer to buy it rather than make it.  I love to make things myself, but I just need to come up with the quickest and easiest way to get it done.  It has to be good, but it has to be fast, and even those of you who prefer to buy it can appreciate that!

Enter the peppermint bark recipe.  I have been making this stuff for at least five years and I’ve tweaked the original recipe to make it perfect (in my very humble opinion).  If you like milk chocolate with your peppermint, this isn’t the recipe.  I only like them together in my martinis–in my bark, I just want peppermint.

Here it is, with inappropriate editorial comments:

Christy’s Peppermint Bark

  • Wilton white candy melts (1 -14 oz. package).  I’ve experimented with all kinds of bark and white chocolate chips, and this is the best base for the bark.  I buy them at Wal-mart ($2.75 each at my store) or Hobby Lobby/Michael’s/ AC Moore (they go on sale for $2.50 around Christmas)
  • peppermint extract
  • red food coloring
  • crushed candy canes or peppermints (I prefer the candy canes; they’re more colorful, although it’s more of a pain to peel the suckers when the plastic sticks to your fingers!  Throw them in the food processor and chop them up.  Oh, and make sure you don’t buy the fruit-flavored Jolly Rancher ones by mistake.  I did that once and it tasted awful, of course.)

The first step is to keep calm and have a cocktail.  Wait, that’s not right!  The first step is to melt the candy melts (sorry for the redundancy of the word melts).

Melt the candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on the bag.  Be sure to use 50% power and stir frequently.

When they’re completely smooth, add 5-7 drops of red food coloring and 1-1/2 t. peppermint extract.  Stir to combine.

Pour into a jelly roll pan covered in aluminum foil and spread it out.  One batch covers about half of the jelly roll pan.

Now, sprinkle the crushed candy canes onto the top.  You may want to press them gently into the bark.

Let sit at room temperature for 3-4 hours until hardened, then break into small pieces and put them in the cutest box, bag, or jar that you can find.  I normally use cellophane bags and I get two finished bags out of one 14 oz. package of candy melts.  These can keep several weeks at room temperature if the bag or container they’re in is sealed.  I’ve also frozen the finished product to keep it fresh and it freezes beautifully.

I went into SERIOUS peppermint bark production this year, turning out more than 30 bags.  Of course it has to be fast when you’re making that many!

If you’re just not that into peppermint, then check out Simply Sweet Home’s Holly Bloggy Christmas linky party–there are dozens of awesome recipes to choose from.  Enjoy!

 

 

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