It’s the holiday season! Between candy canes and chocolate bark, peppermint is undoubtedly giving cinnamon a run for its money – taking center-stage as the spice of the season! Amidst all the secret Santa’s and Christmas potlucks this time of year, it’s comforting to know there is an easy, simple and fun dessert you can make for that ugly Christmas sweater party that won’t put a dent in your bank account.
As the name suggests, peppermint bark bears a slight resemblance to rough pieces of tree bark…delicious tree bark that is! Layering two of my favourite chocolates– white and semi-sweet — and decorating with refreshing candy cane topping, this is one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever put together.
The key to success in this recipe, is the careful melting of the chocolate – being sure to do it over the steam, instead of a pan. From there, your creativity will be key in making this dessert your very own – layering white on semi-sweet, or even sandwiching one between two layers of the other. Top it off by sprinkling the crushed candy cane and you’re good to go!
So before deciding what ornament to add to your ugly Christmas sweater or what you’ll wear to your office party, take a minute to whip up this perfect crowd pleaser that’ll put you and your friends in the Christmas spirit. Meanwhile, you can enjoy feeling like a masterchef on a budget, enjoy!
- 350 grams semi-sweet chocolate, chunks
- 450 grams white chocolate, chunks
- 4 candy canes or 16 round hard peppermint candies, crushed
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Make sure the shiny-side is up and smooth out any wrinkles. Put sheet aside for later. Meanwhile, heat 1 inch of water in a saucepan over medium heat until the water is simmering.
- Place heatproof bowl (made with thick glass or ceramic) over the saucepan and add the semi-sweet chocolate to the bowl. Allow for the chocolate to melt over the heat and make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Constantly stir the chocolate until it melts fully. Note: *Do not rush this step! It might take 5-10 minutes to melt the chocolate.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and wipe off any moisture on the bottom of the bowl. If you have peppermint extract, now is the time to add ½ teaspoon to the mix. Then, quickly pour the chocolate on the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Tap the dish against the counter to remove any air bubbles if needed. Let it set for 15 minutes or until cool.
- Clean the bowl and repeat melting steps 2 with the white chocolate. Remove the chocolate from heat and wipe the moisture from the bottom of the bowl again. Add another ½ teaspoons of peppermint extra into the mixture and stir. Pour the white melted chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate, spreading an even layer. Immediately sprinkle with the crushed candy canes, pressing the crumbs gently into the white melted chocolate.
- Set aside at room temperate for about 1 hour until completely cool and firm. When ready, lift the bark out f the pan using the foil and break into pieces to share!