Wintertime Peppermint Bark

24 Dec

Okay, so you know when you go to Olive Garden and they give you Andy’s mints at the end of the meal? Am I the only one that almost looks forward to those more than the meal itself? Don’t worry, I said almost. Any who, of course you can go buy Andy’s mints in the store. OR… you can make your own fabulous and festive peppermint bark that blows Andy’s mints out of the water (in my own humble opinion). So… I thought i’d share with you a recipe on how to make your very own, OH so easy, wintertime peppermint bark.

Peppermint Bark 1

Recipe:

1 11 oz. Pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 pkg Vanilla Almond Bark

1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract

20 approx. peppermint hard candies pounded and chopped up into very small pieces

Prepare a standard size cookie sheet with a sheet of parchment paper laying on top. Melt your semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals. This means, cook on high for 30 seconds and then take out and stir. Then pop them back in for another 30 seconds, and take out and stir. Continue doing this until they are completely melted. Even if the chocolate doesn’t LOOK like it’s melting, only do 30 seconds at a time. Otherwise, you’ll burn it and burnt chocolate is awful smelling. Just take my word for it!

Once your semi-sweet chocolate is all melted into a smooth and silky goodness, add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract. You’ll then spread the chocolate over the parchment paper on the cookie sheet until you have a thin uniform sheet of chocolate. Pop this in the fridge and move on to the next step.

You’ll melt the almond bark in much the same way. I only use 3/4 of the pkg of almond bark, but you should use however much you want. The more you use, the thicker your white chocolate layer will be. Once melted, add the other 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract.

Remove your chocolate from the fridge and layer your Almond bark on top and spread thin in the same way you did with the semi-sweet chocolate. You’ll then take your peppermint pieces and evenly sprinkle them over the top of the tray until it’s as coated as you’d like it to be. Set the tray in the fridge to set for an hour.

Remove the tray and break up the bark with your hands until the pieces are a size of your liking. Eat and enjoy!

Peppermint Bark 2

Happy Baking!

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