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Homemade Peppermint Bark

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It’s Christmas week and if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a billion things left to do before the big holiday weekend.  Because I want to be sure to have enough time to enjoy this special time with my family, my posting will probably be on the light side through the end of the year.  However, I thought I’d start off your week with a fun and tasty little DiY project.No party is complete without a sweet little trinket your guests can take home, enjoy, and remember (hopefully) the wonderful time they had.  For my little candy-cane themed shindig yesterday, I made peppermint bark favors.  It amazes me that they sell this stuff for $30 a box at specialty stores when it is SO easy and so inexpensive to make!  Packaged up nicely in cellophane bags, it makes a lovely (and much appreciated) gift.

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Start by unwrapping a pile of candy canes (I used about 25).  Place them in a large ziplock bag.
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Put that ziplock bag within a second ziplock bag (broken candy canes are sharp), then break the candy canes into small pieces.  I used a rolling pin to smash them.

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Cover 3 cookie sheets (for a large batch) with non-stick foil or wax paper.  Boil water in a double boiler. Since I don’t have a double boiler, I used a bowl over a saucepan, which worked just as well.  Fill the water to just below the bowl, but not touching the bowl.

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For this recipe, I used 4 bags of chocolate chips (2 milk chocolate & 2 semi sweet chunks) and 4 bags of white chocolate chips.  (Chocolate chips are an excellent item to stock up on when they are on sale!)

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Slowly melt the chocolate chips, stirring frequently.  I discovered it works better to mostly melt one bag before adding the next bag, rather than dumping them in all at once.

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Spread out the chocolate on the foil covered cookie sheets.  It should be fairly thin, approximately 1/8″ thick.  Place cookie sheets in the fridge to harden for about a half-hour.

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While the chocolate layer is cooling, rinse your bowl or double boiler pan and repeat the melting process with the white chocolate chips.  If desired, add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the melted white chocolate for extra pepperminty flavor.

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Spread out the melted white chocolate in a layer over top of the brown chocolate.  While it is still wet, quickly sprinkle on the broken candy cane pieces.  Place in the refrigerator to harden completely, about an hour.

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Once the bark has hardened, break into pieces by hand, then place into cellophane bags.  (This recipe filled 20 bags.)
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To seal the bags, cut pieces of holiday scrapbook paper into 4×4″ squares, then fold the squares in half.  Fold over the tops of the cellophane bags a couple of times, then staple the scrapbook paper over the fold.  If desired, print labels to glue onto the scrapbook paper.

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Homemade Peppermint Bark | Peppermint Bark Recipe | Easy Chocolate Peppermint Bark | DIY Holiday Gift Ideas | Holiday Peppermint Bark

The whole project took me about 3 hours from start to finish.  I already had the foil, chocolate, peppermint extract, cellophane bags, & scrapbook paper on hand, so my only real expense for the project was the $1.67 I spent for a large box of candy canes.

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What are your favorite holiday treats?

22 Comments

  1. The Frugal Free Gal
    December 20 at 05:08PM

    This is wonderful! I just bought all of my ingredients yesterday and saw your post on my blogroll! I love the photos that go with it! We are making our batch today 🙂

    http://thefrugalfreegal.com

  2. Crystal
    December 20 at 06:05PM

    Oh my goodness you're an awesome host! We wanted to make bark like this (instead of just white bark & candycanes) this year during our bakefest, but decided not to even bother with the bark at all. Glad to have a "recipe" to follow now! 🙂

    As to your blog posts being 'lite' for awhile…I don't know how you've been doing it this way so long/far!! You definitely deserve a break – enjoy it! 🙂

  3. Maurilia
    December 20 at 07:27PM

    This looks great! I was looking for something to make my cowrokers and this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  4. mrs.kristin
    December 20 at 11:38PM

    It was so tasty!! I put a piece of it in some hot chocolate and got two thumbs up from a 7 year old!

  5. Bella @Bellgetsreal
    December 21 at 03:46AM

    I make it every year but I love your personalized labels.

  6. Jennifer Camp
    December 21 at 05:12PM

    Thanks for sharing Ruth. I've never made it before, but now I just might have to try it! Merry Christmas!

  7. January 2 at 12:25AM

    Ruth, thanks for the recipe. I might give this a try with a higher quality chocolate. BTW, the reason Williams Sonoma charges $26.50 for their peppermint bark is because they are using Guittard chocolate which is one of the best cooking chocolates in the world (and it is a bit pricey but worth every penny). I just ordered some of the Williams Sonoma bark at 50% off with free shipping this week (so $12.50 total). I’ve always wanted to try it and I’ve heard that their peppermint bark is absolutely the best. I’ll report back after I try it. I purchased Costco’s peppermint bark this year and it was a pretty decent deal at $9.99 for 2lbs., however, the chocolate was a little chalky and didn’t have the flavor of the finer chocolates. Still, not a bad value at $9.99.

    Nice step-by-step photos in this post.

  8. January 2 at 12:27AM

    Williams Sonoma also uses a very high quality peppermint oil which can’t be compared to the candy canes that you can buy in the store. Just wanted to clarify so that folks understood why they charge a higher amount for their bark. It is made with some of the finest quality ingredients that you can buy.

  9. January 2 at 09:18AM

    Ruth, just returned from the store with my bags of Guittard. I’m going to research finding my own peppermint oil and then try and concoct a batch of bark with Guittard and good quality peppermint oil. I’m going to try your recipe. Will keep you posted. 🙂

    If it turns out to be amazing (and it will) then I’ll send you some photos. Snap, snap, snap. Lots of beautiful photos.

  10. January 2 at 09:45AM

    Ok, here’s my post on Guittard Chocolate to inspire you next year. Click on my name to see my ode to you for your inspiring post.

    • Ruth
      January 2 at 03:10PM

      Kelly, I can’t wait to hear how it turns out! I hope you do a blind taste test with your homemade ones versus the Williams-Sonoma ones!

  11. January 19 at 07:17AM

    Just found my peppermints. Went to See’s Candy and found homemade peppermints. I’ll be making the bark sometime this week. 🙂

  12. August 2 at 07:19AM

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    August 10 at 05:05AM

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  16. August 13 at 03:52AM

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that it is best to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  17. Candace
    December 14 at 12:17PM

    Looks fantastic! I need to send these as gifts in the mail. If packaged properly, will they survive a few days in the mail and still be fresh enough upon arrival? Thanks!

  18. December 20 at 12:20AM

    First time trying your recipe and it turned out pretty well. You don’t mention the size of the peppermint candy canes, so I guesstimated. I’m wondering if the candy would stick better if it was added to the chocolate or in between the layer of chocolate and white chocolate.

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