This is the chocolate bark that you see around cookie trays at Christmas time... at least you hope to! It's easy to make, but since there are only four ingredients make sure you get the best quality ingredients possible.
Calories: 249 kcal
high quality semi-sweet chocolate
at least 60% cocoa, chopped
high quality white chocolate
20 to 30
peppermint swirl hard candies or candy canes
Melt three quarters of the chopped semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave, stirring until smooth. When the chocolate has melted completely, remove the chocolate from the heat, add the remaining chopped semi-sweet chocolate and stir again until melted and smooth.
Pour the chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or better yet, use a silicone baking sheet. Tip the baking sheet to spread the chocolate out evenly, creating a smooth surface. Transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator and let the bark set up.
Melt three quarters of the chopped white chocolate in a clean double boiler or the microwave, stirring until smooth. When the white chocolate has melted completely, remove it from the heat, add the remaining chopped white chocolate and stir again until melted and smooth. Add the peppermint extract and stir to combine well.
Place the candies in a sealable bag and crack them into pieces by banging them with a rolling pin or meat tenderizer. Stir the candies into the white chocolate.
Pour the melted white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate on the baking sheet and spread it out to create a smooth surface.
Transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator and let the bark set up. When firm, break the bark into pieces and store in an airtight container. Serve within a day or two.
All white chocolates are not made equal! Many inferior confections, called “white chocolate” are actually made with a vegetable fat instead of cocoa butter. These are the “white chocolates” that real chocolate lovers can’t stand. When you’re buying white chocolate, look at the ingredient list to make sure cocoa butter is listed there. Real white chocolate should have 20% cocoa butter.
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Amount Per Serving (-31 g)
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.