Saved by the Stripes (Recipe: Peppermint Bark)
I lived through the era of the aluminum Christmas trees that looked nothing like Christmas trees. We even had a color wheel that you would shine on the aluminum tree making it look even less like a Christmas tree as it changed to every color in the rainbow. My mother loved this tree, however. After it was set up in front of the picture window, she would make us all stand on the sidewalk and look at it. It still didn’t look like a Christmas tree to me.
Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime, we ditched the aluminum tree for a real tree. It not only looked like a Christmas tree, it smelled like one, too!
I was in Heaven. But just for a short while. My mother decided that all the tree decorations would be blue. Blue. Not green. Not red. Not even silver or gold. All blue.
She did bend just a little and let us put candy canes on the tree. Real candy canes that were red and white stripped, just as candy canes should be. Those candy canes brought just enough tradition amidst the sea of contemporary blue decorations, to give the tree a Christmasy feel. I’m eternally grateful to peppermint’s red and white stripes.
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You can’t have too much red and white striped peppermint at Christmas. Peppermint and chocolate is a great flavor combination. Peppermint Bark has the visual appeal of red and white stripes and the palate appeal of chocolate and mint. Score!!
Deceptively easy, this gorgeous candy makes wonderful gifts.
12 ounces Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
16 ounces Baker’s Premium white chocolate baking squares
15 round peppermint candies (or an equal amount of candy canes), crushed
Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with foil. Spray with nonstick spray.
Place milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until chocolate is 75% melted, stirring after each minute. Remove from microwave and continue stirring until completely melted. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour into prepared dish. Let sit until chocolate starts to harden.
Place white chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Microwave until 75% melted, stirring after each minute. Remove from microwave and stir until white chocolate is melted. Pour over milk chocolate.
Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top of white chocolate. Press candy gently into the chocolate.
Let sit at room temperature until firm, at least one hour. I let it sit overnight.
Remove from baking dish by grabbing the foil.
Break into pieces. Store in airtight container.
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