This year, I decided I want to make some tasty Christmas treats to give away as gifts (as long as I didn’t fall into the whole trap where Monica from Friends makes all the candy, and—never mind, enough sitcoms for one blog!). I knew I wanted to make peppermint bark, since it’s both A) delicious, and B) cheap (and easy).
Ghirardelli chocolate chips and almond bark were both on sale at Publix, so I decided to make both a dark (ish) and white chocolate recipe of peppermint bark. I started by unwrapping just short of a million starlight mints.
I put all the unwrapped mints in a Ziploc and pounded it like there was no tomorrow (TWSS).
I just love these Ghirardelli chocolates. They taste awesome, and don’t they look cute?
Don’t really follow my example when it comes to melting chocolate. It’s best to either melt it on a double-boiler (a pot on top of a pot of boiling water) or melt it gradually in the microwave to avoid burning it.
Once it’s good and melted, add about a half to one teaspoon of peppermint extract or oil. Add some of the crushed peppermint to the pot of chocolate. Spread the melted goodness onto a pan that’s been lined with wax paper or foil (and sprayed). Pop it into the fridge to cool. I left mine in overnight.
I broke this up into chunks and put some in some cello bags tied up with some string and paired them with a few other treats. I think they were received fairly well.
Do you like to cook/bake/melt over the holidays? What’s your favorite thing you made this season?