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by Caitlin Saniga

The peppermint extract is crucial. Before I settled on this recipe, I botched a peppermint fudge because it didn’t have enough peppermint extract.

  • 10 candy canes
  • 1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
  • 1 12-ounce bag white chocolate chips

Place candy canes in a durable zip-top plastic bag. Use a rolling pin or meat tenderizer to break candy into small pieces. (Don’t go overboard and pulverize it into pink dust. If you want pink dust, put it in a blender.) (I found it helpful to unwrap and freeze the candy canes for about 15 minutes before I started.) Set aside.

Lightly grease a rimmed cookie sheet and line with wax paper, smoothing out wrinkles; set aside.

Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on half-power in 40-second increments (4 times should be good), stirring with a spatula between cook times. When chocolate is creamy and most lumps are melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Pour chocolate onto lined cookie sheet. Quickly use a spatula to evenly spread the chocolate. Sprinkle about half of the candy cane pieces over the chocolate. Freeze for a half-hour.

Place white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on half-power in 40-second increments (about 4 times), stirring with a spatula between cook times. When chocolate is creamy and most lumps are melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Pour white chocolate over other chocolate layer. Quickly use a spatula to spread the chocolate. (Be careful: The warm white chocolate will melt the semi-sweet chocolate if you fuss with it too much.) Sprinkle the rest of the candy pieces over the chocolate. Freeze for a half-hour.

Remove bark from the freezer, and use the handle of a rolling pin or another blunt object to crack sheet of chocolate into pieces. (I refrigerated my peppermint bark after that because I’m paranoid it will melt.)

Makes a decent amount (but you could easily double the recipe).

Recipe adapted from: AllRecipes.com

Photo: Caitlin Saniga

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