I’ve been on a peppermint kick lately, thanks to some peppermint mocha coffee creamer I’ve become addicted to. It’s so tasty in my coffee, with a little candy cane stir-stick. So yummy! I was flipping through a catalog and saw some really delicious looking (but expensive!!) peppermint bark. I figured I could make some myself with ingredients I had on hand.
I would have preferred dark chocolate or even semi-sweet, but I’m running dangerously low on chocolate chips, and I live too far away from the store to just run into town for chocolate. What I did have was a bunch of milk chocolate bars in the freezer. I melted 8 regular-sized bars in a double boiler and spread the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Then it went into the freezer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, I melted a 14-ounce bag of white candy chips (the kind they sell in the cake decorating section, specifically for making molded candies). Then I added 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract and mixed it in. (Don’t overdo the peppermint extract … a little bit goes a long way!) Finally, I added a few drops of red food coloring, and just barely mixed it, so the melted candy had a swirled look to it.
I poured the peppermint mixture on top of the layer of chocolate, and spread it around with a spatula. Then I sprinkled 1/2 cup of peppermint chips (found in the chocolate chip section at the store) over the top, and went over the whole thing with several different types of Christmas sprinkles I had on hand.
The whole thing went into the refrigerator until it was set, and then I broke it into pieces. This was such a simple treat to make, but it’s really tasty, and the kids loved it! I’m thinking Santa might like a little of this left on his plate of goodies Christmas Eve.