Holiday Peppermint Bark
My secret santa at work bought me a whole great gift basket of baking supplies, as I mentioned before. The basket included, among other things, a Nestle Tollhouse cookbook. The book is full of cute, simple recipes. They’re easy to follow, include great pictures, and even better, the book is built like a kid’s board book, so you can simply wipe off any stray cookie ingredients that end up splattering the pages.
I am not the neatest cook in the world.
There were a number of recipes that looked tasty and worth a try, but the one that I sampled this time around was the Holiday Peppermint Bark. It was so simple that I’m almost afraid to disclose the recipe here. It looks fancy and tastes great, and those who have tried it will lose respect for me when they learn how simple it really was. But here goes.
Nestle’s Best Loved Recipes – Holiday Peppermint Bark
Makes about 1 pound of candy
- 2 Cups (one 12 ounce package) White Chocolate Chips (Yup, I use Nestle Premier White Morsels)
- 24 hard peppermint candies, unwrapped.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Microwave morsels in medium-sized microwave-safe bowl on medium-high setting (70%) for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave at additional 10 to 15 second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.
- Place peppermint candies in a heavy-duty Ziploc bag. Crush candies using rolling pin or other heavy object. While holding a strainer over the melted chocolate, pour crushed candy into strainer. Shake to release all small candy pieces into the melted chocolate. Reserve larger pieces in the strainer. Stir chocolate-peppermint mixture.
- Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Spring with reserved candy pieces and press in lightly. Let stand for about 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces.
I really enjoyed this recipe. It was ridiculously simple, and the results are really very tasty. Yes, I know that white chocolate is not chocolate, strictly speaking, but that’s okay. I thought the bark looked pretty impressive for how easy it was to make. I’m sure I’ll make this again.