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  1. Peppermint Bark

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    December 14, 2013 by Emily

    The Christmas season always makes me flashback to my junior year of college when I was working at a store… that rhymes with Silliams-wanoma (I’m a master of concealing names right?!) I loved being surrounded by kitchen gadgests I couldn’t really afford, and the candles that smelled like pine tree.. and the room in the back full of samples! Being a clean freak that I am I actually volunteered to work in the kitchen that was in the store room, cleaning all the dishes and machines we used for demonstrations… but I also got to prep all the samples.

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    Including the peppermint chocolate bark. Good gravy, I wasn’t even a chocolate fan and I HATED peppermint…but it was SO.DAMN.GOOD.

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    I wanted to recreate the peppermint bark at home so I could bring it in as a gift for my coworkers, the recipe is super simple (and quick!) I was able to find everything I needed in the baking aisle and whipped this up in just a few minutes.

    What You’ll Need:

    1 pound of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 10 ounce bag of white chocolate chips
    1/4 teaspoon peppermint candy flavoring OR 1 teaspoons peppermint extract
    15-20 crushed peppermint candies (I used the little round starlight mints, if your using candy cane 5-6 should work)

    Method:

    Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

    Melt 3/4 of the dark chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, when the chocolate is melted remove from the heat and stir in the remaining dark chocolate until its melted (this will help the chocolate keep its temper) stir in the peppermint extract and spread evenly on the lined cookie sheet.

    Allow the chocolate to set for at least 1 hour.

    Repeat the melting process with the white chocolate chips then spread evenly over the dark chocolate layer, immediately top with the crushed peppermint candies, pressing gently to make sure they stick.

    Allow the chocolate bark to set at room temperature for about 1 hour before breaking into jagged chunks, and then try not to eat them all.


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