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Peppermint Bark Taste Test



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Peppermint bark is my husband’s favorite Christmas time treat, so he was elated when I made it! It’s a very simple and fun dessert to make for the holidays. There’s a taste of Christmas in every bite!


Peppermint Bark
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Makes 12 Servings

Time: 3.5 hours, including time to harden

Cost: $12



Ingredients:

*8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

*8 ounces premium white chocolate, chopped

*1 teaspoon shortening

*1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

*1/3 cup crushed candy cane pieces


Preparation:

*Line an 8x8 baking pan with wax paper. Set aside.

*Place chopped dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and heat on 15-second increments (stirring well between each) until chocolate is completely melted.

*Spread melted dark chocolate evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Set aside (do not refrigerate) and prepare your white chocolate layer.

*Place your chopped white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and heat in 15-second increments (stirring well between each) until white chocolate is completely melted.

*Once white chocolate is melted, place teaspoon of shortening in a small microwave-safe dish and heat until melted (this will only take a few seconds).

*Add peppermint extract to shortening and stir well.

*Add peppermint/shortening mixture to white chocolate and stir well.

*Add 1/4 cup of crushed candy canes to the white chocolate and gently fold in until evenly distributed (leaving the remaining candy cane pieces for the topping).

*Spread white chocolate evenly over dark chocolate layer.

*Immediately sprinkle white chocolate layer with remaining candy cane pieces.

*Allow peppermint bark to harden completely at room temperature before cutting, then break into pieces. Hardening will take several hours at room temperature.

*Place on a tray and enjoy!


Recipe and Taste Tester - Cecelia Zook

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