A Perfect Chocolate Gift to Make Yourself

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On the First Day of Chocolate…..

Welcome to the Twelve Days of Chocolate Guru!  Beginning today, we will offer you a wonderful holiday chocolate recipe for each of the next twelve days.  These recipes will all be easy to create and will yield wonderful chocolate gifts to share with friends and family or hoard just for yourself.  So let the days begin!

On the first day of chocolate, the guru gives to you…peppermint bark.  Peppermint bark is a confection consisting of white and bittersweet chocolate with peppermint candy pieces.  Often it is a layer of white chocolate on top of dark chocolate topped with crushed candy canes.

Peppermint bark is especially popular around the Christmas season.   Companies known for selling it seasonally include Williams-Sonoma, Ghirardelli, and Dove. This recipe rivals any of the big companies.  It only takes four ingredients and is perfect broken or cut into small pieces and packed into festive holiday packaging for the perfect holiday gift.

Layered Peppermint Crunch Bark

To crush the peppermints coarsely, tap the wrapped candies firmly with the bottom edge of any unopened can.


17 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Baker’s), finely chopped

30 red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies, coarsely crushed (about 6 ounces)

7 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped

24 drops essential oil of peppermint


Turn large baking sheet bottom side up. Cover securely with foil. Mark 12 x 9-inch rectangle on foil. Stir white chocolate in metal bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water) until chocolate is melted and smooth and candy thermometer 110°F. (chocolate will feel warm to touch). Remove from over water. Pour 2/3 cup melted white chocolate onto rectangle on foil. Using icing spatula, spread chocolate to fill rectangle. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup crushed peppermints. Chill until set, about 15 minutes.

Stir bittersweet chocolate and peppermint oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat until just melted and smooth. Cool to barely lukewarm, about 5 minutes. Pour bittersweet chocolate mixture in long lines over white chocolate rectangle. Using icing spatula, spread bittersweet chocolate in even layer. Refrigerate until very cold and firm, about 25 minutes.

Rewarm remaining white chocolate in bowl set over barely simmering water to 110°F. Working quickly, pour white chocolate over firm bittersweet chocolate layer and spread to cover.  Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed peppermints. Chill just until firm, about 20 minutes.

Lift foil with bark onto work surface; trim edges. Cut bark crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips. Using a metal spatula, slide the bark off foil and onto work surface. Cut each strip crosswise into 3 sections and each section diagonally into 2 triangles. (Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Chill in airtight container.) Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.  Makes about 36 pieces.

photo courtesy of adventuresmadefromscratch.blogspot.com

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