I made peppermint bark for the first time yesterday at around 11:30pm. It was incredibly easy to do, and since it's one of my favorite candies, I'm pretty glad to have made it on my own. I used Paula Deen's recipe and followed it pretty closely, except that I also sprinkled a little bit of the mints on the top for a festive look. If I ever get more time, I might try Orangette's recipe, but for now, this one works just perfectly. If you're looking for a quick make for your cookie exchange, secret Santa, or holiday party, I'd definitely recommend this.
- Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
- 2 pounds white chocolate
- Peppermint flavorings, optional
Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane chunks with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired.) Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)