Have you ever been wandering the mall at this time of year and popped into a Williams Sonoma store? They often give out samples of their Peppermint Bark. Delicious stuff, and at $22 a pound it should be. But you can make it at home for much less. I found a copy cat recipe at this site.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 lb. white chocolate chips (I used 12 oz. Nestle chips)
- 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Pour the chocolate chips in the pan and set them in the oven at 250 degrees for 5 minutes or until they’re almost melted. Use a spatula to smooth out the chips over the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes until the chocolate is hardened.
Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Stir in the peppermint extract. Pour the white chocolate over the dark and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Refrigerate until firm. Peel off the foil and cut into pieces.
I did have some trouble with the white and dark layers coming apart. I’m not sure why. It could be that the white chips are not the best to use for this. I thought about using Bakers White Chocolate, but it cost so much more. The white chips did melt kind of funny – they wanted to seize up on me instead of melting smooth.
Despite the layers coming apart on some of the pieces, the candy tasted good and was eaten up in record time.
Christmas 2010 update: I made this again, using many of the tips readers left in the comments. Success! The layers stayed together and it turned out beautifully.
I used the same ingredients as listed above. I did not refrigerate the dark chocolate layer before adding the white. I waited about an hour before adding the white chocolate layer. I melted the white chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions (70% power for about a minute). I also gently pressed the crushed candy cane into the white chocolate layer before refrigerating.
If you have any tips for me about keeping the layers together, please let me know!