HOLIDAY PEPPERMINT BARK

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06 December 2019

Ingredients

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12 oz white chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)
1 Tbsp vegetable oil (optional)
peppermint candy canes or candies crushed
m&m's
assorted holiday sprinkles

Nutritional information

20
sugar
20
Calories

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HOLIDAY PEPPERMINT BARK

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  • Gluten Free
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Perfect for any holiday dessert tray, and SO easy to make!  We love holiday sweets like my Crockpot Candy and this is one of my Desserts you’ll definitely want in your dinner rotation!

  • 20 min
  • Serves 1
  • Medium

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Holiday baking can be stressful, so you need a fantastic, no-bake and fuss-free holiday dessert recipe like this white chocolate peppermint bark!  Great for kids to help you make, and so easy to customize to any holiday!

Perfect for any holiday dessert tray, and SO easy to make!  We love holiday sweets like my Crockpot Candy and this is one of my Desserts you’ll definitely want in your dinner rotation!

PEPPERMINT BARK

With the holiday season looming, it’s time to start ironing out your baking to-do list.  For me, I’ll take all the no-bake recipes I can get, since it’s so much less stressful.

Plus, no-bake dessert recipes are great for the kids to help with, which I’m also a fan of!

This white chocolate peppermint bark is unbelievably easy to make, and even easier to customize!  I’ve listed a few variation options down below, but feel free to mix and match things to make your own creation.

HOW TO MAKE PEPPERMINT BARK

Making peppermint bark is so easy, that it’s hard to even call this a recipe.  I think of it as more of a method!

  • Melt the chocolate
  • Spread onto wax paper lined baking sheet
  • Sprinkle with desired toppings
  • Chill and break into pieces

PREPARATION TIPS

The hardest thing about making peppermint bark, and I hesitate to say hard, is melting the chocolate.  But I have a few helpful tips to make it go smoothly!

  • Don’t cook on full power – if you choose to microwave your chocolate (which is what I normally do), set your microwave to half power (or medium).  This lessens the chance of the chocolate heating too quickly and “seizing”.
  • Heat slowly – melt the chocolate in 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, then in 15 second intervals after that, stirring after each cooking interval.  It takes longer, but trust me, it’s worth it.
  • Add a bit of oil – one of my favorite tricks is to add a little bit (about a tablespoon or so) of vegetable oil to the chocolate before melting.  I don’t think I’ve ever had seized or scorched chocolate when following the microwave tips and this one!

WHAT IS SEIZED CHOCOLATE

Have you ever been melting chocolate (especially white chocolate) and had it go from luxuriously smooth and silky, to a thick, grainy paste?  It’s the bane of every baker’s existence!

Chocolate will do that for one of two reasons.  First, a bit of water got into your chocolate.  Water is the enemy of melted chocolate and will turn all it into a gluey paste, very quickly.

Secondly, it can be overheated and scorched.  This often happens when chocolate is cooked at too high of a temperature, and/or for too long.

VARIATIONS OF WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK

  • Extra minty – love peppermint flavor?  Add 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract (make sure you pick up the peppermint version, and not “mint”) to the melted chocolate.
  • Extra chocolatey – drizzle peppermint bark with some melted dark chocolate, or layer some melted dark chocolate down in the baking sheet, before topping it with the white chocolate.
  • Different colors – making this for a different holiday?  Swap out the red and green sprinkles and m&m’s for whatever colors you want.
  • Different toppings – add some broken pretzels, oreo cookies, nuts, etc.  You can add so many different toppings to bark, and truly make it your own!

HOLIDAY PEPPERMINT BARK

HOLIDAY PEPPERMINT BARK

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Perfect for any holiday dessert tray, and SO easy to make!  We love holiday sweets like my Crockpot Candy and this is one of my Desserts you’ll definitely want in your dinner rotation!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz white chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (optional)
  • peppermint candy canes or candies crushed
  • m&m's
  • assorted holiday sprinkles

Instructions

    1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
    2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate chips, and microwave on MED power (50%) for 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, stirring after each cooking interval.
    3. If needed, microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each microwave interval, until chips are JUST melted.
    4. Spread melted white chocolate onto prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
    5. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, m&m's and sprinkles as desired.
    6. Let sit on the counter for about an hour or two, or until set and firm. Break into pieces.





Notes

WHITE CHOCOLATE MELTING TIPS


Don't cook on full power - if you choose to microwave your chocolate (which is what I normally do), set your microwave to half power (or medium). This lessens the chance of the chocolate heating too quickly and "seizing".
Heat slowly - melt the chocolate in 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, then in 15 second intervals after that, stirring after each cooking interval. It takes longer, but trust me, it's worth it.
Add a bit of oil - one of my favorite tricks is to add a little bit (about a tablespoon or so) of vegetable oil to the chocolate before melting. I don't think I've ever had seized or scorched chocolate when following the microwave tips and this one!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 20Sugar: 20g

Steps

1
Done

Line a rimmed baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.

2
Done

In a microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate chips, and microwave on MED power (50%) for 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, stirring after each cooking interval.

3
Done

If needed, microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each microwave interval, until chips are JUST melted.

4
Done

Spread melted white chocolate onto prepared baking sheet in an even layer.

5
Done

Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, m&m's and sprinkles as desired.

6
Done

Let sit on the counter for about an hour or two, or until set and firm. Break into pieces.

7
Done

WHITE CHOCOLATE MELTING TIPS

Don't cook on full power - if you choose to microwave your chocolate (which is what I normally do), set your microwave to half power (or medium). This lessens the chance of the chocolate heating too quickly and "seizing".
Heat slowly - melt the chocolate in 20-30 second intervals for the first minute, then in 15 second intervals after that, stirring after each cooking interval. It takes longer, but trust me, it's worth it.
Add a bit of oil - one of my favorite tricks is to add a little bit (about a tablespoon or so) of vegetable oil to the chocolate before melting. I don't think I've ever had seized or scorched chocolate when following the microwave tips and this one!

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