“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
toys in every store
but the prettiest sight to see
is the holly that will be
on your own front door…”
It’s the 3rd of December. The Christmas tree is up, decorations are everywhere and we’ve had Michael Bublé singing Christmas songs to us for as long as the scrooges in this house let us! Oh I do love Christmas.
One of the best parts of Christmas is the food, all the glorious food. Time to forget about that healthy eating and stuff our faces with all that’s bad in the edible world. Chocolate is of course high up on that list, and what better way to enjoy it than by eating a lovely home-made piece of peppermint bark eh?
For my peppermint bark I used 10 candy canes, 300g of plain chocolate, 200g of white chocolate and about half a teaspoon of peppermint extract. There are so many recipes online for peppermint bark, but honestly, I think you should just wing it on this one. You know how much plain chocolate/white chocolate ratio you like, and with the peppermint extract you can just taste the chocolate as it’s melting. Use a little or a lot depending on how minty you want it.
So to begin with I broke the chocolate down to smaller pieces and crushed the candy canes. Easiest way to crush candy canes is to put broken pieces into a bag and then use something to hammer them… I used a rolling pin. Good for getting anger out! Line a tray with either parchment paper or foil to stop the chocolate sticking, and then that’s the prep done.
Time to melt the chocolate! I filled a pan with a couple of inches of water and then placed the bowl on top. It’s easy to do, and always smells amazing! Now this is where you can really do whatever you want. If you have lots of each chocolate, you can choose how many layers you want. For mine, I melted all the plain chocolate first and added a quarter of a teaspoon of peppermint extract, poured it into the tray and then stuck that in the freezer for 5-10 minutes so the chocolate could harden a little. Then I melted the white chocolate, added a quarter of a teaspoon of peppermint extract and poured it on top of the hardened plain chocolate, and finished by sprinkling the crushed candy canes on top. This went back into the freezer so it would all harden, ready to be eaten!
I think the ones that I did were just a little too thick. I used quite a small tray as I didn’t think I’d have enough chocolate to cover the big ones. Next time I plan to get more chocolate and use a bigger tray, and make sure they’re not as thick! May even do a few layers of each chocolate too! The thickness just meant I broke it into smaller pieces though – it still tasted delicious! Very much like After Eights, only better because I don’t particularly like those.
Peppermint bark is so easy to make, and it just feels like a special treat for Christmas. Honestly, I felt so Christmassy making this – it’s the candy canes! I’m planning on making another batch for Christmas day so I can put some in a bag at each place at the table for our dinner guests; I’m pretty sure my little cousin will love it! This would also be perfect for a home-made Christmas gift if you’re struggling with ideas! Everyone loves chocolate right? The home-made factor just makes it extra special. Ever made peppermint bark before? If you have any special ingredients I’d love to know.