Recipe: Peppermint Bark

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m totally getting into winter treat mode. I came up with this on a whim and was super happy with the results. Chocolate and mint is a very close second to my other favorite combination of all time: chocolate and peanut butter.

Domestocrat’s Peppermint Bark
12 oz. (roughly 1 bag or 2 cups) chocolate, chips or chopped
3 tbsp. butter
1/8 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2 tsp. espresso powder
6 oz. (roughly 1 cup) peppermint candy, chunks, or bits

Have I mentioned how much I love Trader Joe’s seasonal items? I’m 100% certain I have.

IMG_6675

I had never seen these Peppermint Bark Baking Bits before and definitely wanted to try them. They are really good! Part white chocolate, part milk chocolate, with peppermint bits mixed in. Yummy!

IMG_6679IMG_6684

Start by melting the chocolate and butter together over a double boiler.

IMG_6734IMG_6758

When the chocolate just starts to melt, add in the peppermint extract and espresso powder.

IMG_6750IMG_6773

Stir to combine until the chocolate has all melted and remove from the heat when it’s smooth.

IMG_6775IMG_6776

On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spread out the chocolate mixture into a rectangle. It doesn’t need to be perfect but it should be a good shape to cut into squares later.

IMG_6779IMG_6781

Take the peppermint bits and sprinkle them over the warm chocolate. Press down carefully on the bits to make sure every last piece is stuck in the chocolate.

IMG_6785IMG_6787

Put the pan in the refrigerator for about 3 hours to fully cool. You could leave this overnight too. When the chocolate has totally hardened, cut into squares.

IMG_6790IMG_6792

The added peppermint extract really gave these minty little squares that little extra something special. This peppermint bark would be perfect at a holiday party or to make and give as gifts. I can’t wait to make these all winter long!

IMG_6796

About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
This entry was posted in Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Recipe: Peppermint Bark

  1. cydmadsen says:

    That looks so good I want to lick the screen. Unfortunately, the nearest Trader Joe’s to us is about 800 miles. Guess I’ll have to settle for licking the screen :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe and technique. Maybe I can find something that’s a close cousin to the Trader Joe’s chips.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s