Name: margalit
Location: Massachusetts, United States Professional writer, educational advocate, opinionated ultra liberal mother of 18 year old twins, living life in the slow lane due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and diabetes.

email: margalitc at yahoo dot com

View My Complete Profile

My Amazon.com Wish List

Rate this Blog at Blogged

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket



Alltop, confirmation that we kick ass

Powered by FeedBlitz

Subscribe with Bloglines

Blog Search: The Source for Blogs

Add to Technorati Favorites


Powered by Blogger

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Peppermint Bark (WFMW)

It's Works for Me Wednesday and today I'm going to teach you all how to save money, impress your friends, and cause a bit of a diabetic coma in your family by making your very own Peppermint Bark. This is the easiest recipe in the whole wide world, and, if you're lucky enough to have nice strong kids that like to pound stuff, you're golden.

You'll need:

1 package 12 peppermint candy canes, normal 7"ish size, NOT the baby ones.
2 lbs white chocolate
2 lbs bittersweet chocolate
peppermint oil (get the best quality you can... Trader Joes or King Arthur Baking are both good sources)
parchment paper or silpat mat
baking sheet with sides

Before you melt the chocolate, unwrap the candy canes, but in about 3 or 4 layers of thick ziploc bags (freezer bags work great) and then hammer the heck out of them. It's fun for the kids. You want the pieces to be broken up to about 1/4" pieces, some smaller, some a bit bigger, but nothing huge.

Then melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Once it is fully melted, place parchment or silpat on the bottom of the baking sheet, then spread the white chocolate around evenly. It won't fill up the pan, but you want it to be about 1/4" thick all around. Put on your porch to cool if you live in a cool climate, or in the fridge if you're not. It will take about 1/2 hour to harden up to the point where you can spread the next layer over it. You DO NOT want it to be totally hardened.

Next, melt the bittersweet chocolate. When it is all melted, add peppermint flavoring to taste. Some people like just a teeny bit, some like it really minty. I find that about 1/2 teaspoon is enough to really make it minty, but not overpower the chocolate flavor.

Spread the dark chocolate over the white chocolate, trying to follow the same lines so that you don't have much overlap. Once the chocolate is spread evenly, sprinkle the peppermint pieces all over the top of the bark, and press them into the chocolate. You'll have to press down with a bit of force to make sure the pieces stick in there.

Again, out on the back porch to harden. This time you want to make sure that everything is totally cooled down and hardened. Once that's ensured, break up the bark into pieces and package in those nice expensive cellophane bags Martha Stewart sells in Michaels. Decorate, and then pass out as gifts for teachers, mailmen, and the pizza delivery guy.

Labels: , , , , ,

Digg! Stumble It! JBlog Me add to kirtsy


Blogger Jane said...

Yum! I think I will try this!

12/12/07 1:08 AM  
Anonymous bethany actually said...

I was just telling my husband the other day that I wanted to make some peppermint bark. Thanks! :-)

12/12/07 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you put the dark chocolate down first? that way the white will be ontop like the picture?

12/12/07 1:30 AM  
Blogger Dave2 said...

I prefer using milk chocolate, because the bittersweet kills the more delicate white chocolate flavor a bit. I also lay down the milk first so the crunchies are on the white. This helps reduce mess while eating, because the white chocolate has a lower melting point and is easier on top.

Dang. Now I wants me some peppermint bark!! :-)

12/12/07 5:25 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I'm actually making peppermint bark (for the first time) for some gift baskets that I'm putting together! Yummy!

12/12/07 1:00 PM  
Blogger daysgoby said...

Oh, I'll bet your house smells WONDERFUL.

12/12/07 7:41 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

I LOVE peppermint bark, and in fact it's what I asked my husband for for Christmas. Except we haven't been able to find any! So now I can tell him to make me some. ;)

13/12/07 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

Wife (See Marie above) has sent me here to be instructed as to how to make her some peppermint bark. She said I had to make it for her. I even suggested we make it together with the childrens help but she insisted that either I purchace her some peppermint bark or make it for her and no other option is available, except for maybe putting the children to work crushing the peppermint. Guess she is ok with Child Labor.

13/12/07 11:24 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Go brad! It's really easy and kind of fun, and you get benefits beyond eating it.

13/12/07 1:23 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Copyright, 2003-2011 by Animzmirot Design Group. All rights reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval without written permission from Margalit, the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review. In other words, stealing is bad, and if you take what doesn't belong to you, it's YOUR karma.