Peppermint Bark is one of the tastiest candies to make at Christmas time. It’s easy and kids love it. Plus it’s a great way to use those broken candy canes!
Dark Chocolate Layer
Today I decided to try something a little different by adding a dark chocolate layer to my Peppermint Bark. I had some leftover dark chocolate chips and thought this would be perfect.
Dark chocolate is my preferred chocolate, but the grandchildren mostly like milk chocolate. But I figured, if the dark chocolate was sandwiched between two layers of white, they would never notice!
Peppermint Candy – I used two of the 3.5″ big peppermint sticks, but you could use the regular candy canes. My crushed peppermint resulted in about 2/3 cup of candy.
Vanilla or White Candy Coating (8 blocks) I used the Great Value brand from Walmart and had four blocks left.
1 cup of Chocolate Chips, Dark, also the Great Value brand from Walmart
Mixing it Up
Essentially you melt 4 blocks of the white candy coating and spread it onto a parchment paper (or foil) lined cookie sheet. Let that cool and harden.
Melt the chocolate chips, spread, cool, and harden.
Melt another 4 blocks of white candy coating and spread over the chocolate. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint on top of the last layer before it cools. Press the crushed peppermint lightly into the white candy coating. Let it cool and harden completely.
Remove the parchment paper and break it into pieces.
Now I’m left with 4 blocks of white candy coating! I’ll use it to dip some pretzels or something like that. Last week, my granddaughter dipped some gummy bears in chocolate and they were great. That’s a thought, I have some gummy bears in the pantry!
Anyway, normally I would have planned on using up the whole package of candy coating for peppermint bark, but I started out thinking I would just make a small batch, so I used a small container for the microwave. Then I thought about the half-bag of chocolate chips…..and went off down a rabbit hole.
So in essence, you could use a whole bag of white candy coating, a whole bag of chocolate chips, and just crush up a little more peppermint)))
You know, I’ve said before, I’m not a food blogger))) I just write about things that I like from time to time, so you have to use your imagination a bit with my recipes)))
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- Line 9.5" x 13" cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Crush peppermint sticks, not too fine. Place in a zip lock back and crush with a rolling pin or meat tenderizer.
- Melt 4 blocks of white vanilla candy coating (Almond Bark) in microwave. Take care to only melt, not overcook. Set timer for 15 seconds at a time.Spread melted white vanilla candy coating over the parchment paper and spread to edges, covering entire cookie sheet. Let cool and harden.
- Melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave. Melt in same manner as above.Spread over the white candy coating and smooth to the edges. Let cool and harden.Melt 4 block of white vanilla candy coating and spread over the chocolate layer.
- Quickly sprinkle the crushed peppermint over the white layer before it hardens. Press the crushed peppermint lightly into the white layer. Let cool and harden.
- Once thorougly cooled and hardened, remove from the parchment paper and break into pieces. Some peppermint will be loose and fall free. Enjoy!