Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Candy Trifecta - Round Two

Guess who's finally in New Jersey?? Guess who also just got drafted into helping his mother with her blog on his first day home? This sweet boy, that's who. I remembered another candy recipe I wanted to share with you before Santa shows up, so it just couldn't wait. It's called Chocolate Peppermint Bark. Great news- it's a delicious candy that falls squarely into the Christmas Candy Trifecta category. You remember what the criteria was, right?

*1* It must be incredibly easy to prepare.
*2* It must taste amazing.
*3* It must look like a million bucks, but cost next to nothing to make.

Ian is super excited, so let's get this baby started!
Here's what you'll need. Again, I found all of these ingredients at Wal-Mart for a song. FYI- my good friend, Laura, is a Dove Chocolate representative and would be more than happy to help you if you'd rather use their brand of melting chocolate for this recipe. I've never had the pleasure of trying it, but c'mon, it's Dove. You know it's gotta be good.
We've been here before, so I'll be brief. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave. 
Remember to stick with the 30 second intervals so it doesn't seize up on you. Stir after every 30 seconds until it's nice and smooth.
Pour the melted dark chocolate onto some wax paper.
Smooth it out into a thin layer. Let it sit until it is completely cool and firm to the touch.
Heat up the white chocolate. 
Again, take your time, making sure it is completely melted. Smooth the white chocolate out into a thin layer on top of the dark chocolate.
Make sure you get as close to the edges as possible.
Before the white chocolate sets up, sprinkle the peppermint bits all over the top. On a side note, one year I tried to make my own bits by smashing a ton of peppermint canes in a Ziploc. I ultimately ended up with peppermint bits swimming in dust and they didn't look as "sharp" as what I could buy in the store. The flavor was still good, but I wasn't impressed with how the bark ended up looking. It was a nice try, though.
Once it's completely cool (as in rock hard), peel the bark from the wax paper. Flip it over and snap it into pieces. By snapping from the back, it gives you cleaner edges and a nicer looking piece of candy. 
At this point, it's probably a good idea to do a taste test for quality control. At least, that's the line Ian sold me.
Here it is all done. Isn't it super cute? And it tastes as great as it looks. In total, it probably took us all of 45 minutes to make. And when I say us, I mean Ian.

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