Inspired by this post at the LiveJournal community “picturing_food”, I made a peppermint bark with both white and dark chocolate! I altered her recipe slightly and they were really very delicious!
I used Lind 70% cocoa bars and Nestle Tollhouse white chocolate chips for the dark and white chocolates. Using a good quality dark chocolate morsels would be very easy as well! The original recipe used semi-sweet Ghirardelli chips instead of dark chocolate, but I prefer dark.
2 bars 3.5 oz (100mg) Lindt Excellence Intense Dark Chocolate, chopped
1 bag 12 oz (340 g) Nestle Toll House Premiere White Morsels
candy canes or peppermint candies (I used miniature candy canes because they chopped up easily)
1 ¼ tsp. peppermint or mint extract (approx.) for peppermint extract, you might not want as much
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Line a 8×8 inch baking sheet or pan with wax paper or aluminum foil. Melt chocolate on low heat in saucepan. When halfway melted, add ¾ teaspoon peppermint extract and ½ teaspoon vegetable oil. Stir thoroughly until melted. Immediately spread over prepared baking sheet. Let cool for one hour.
Meanwhile, crush candy. To do this, place them in a Ziplock bag and use a hammer, rolling pin, foot, or whatever you please to crush them! I normally use a hammer, but I made these late at night and didn’t want to disturb my new neighbors; after realizing I don’t have the strength to crush with a rolling pin, I had my husband walk on the bag!
Melt white chocolate in saucepan over low heat. When half-melted, add ½ teaspoon peppermint extract and ½ teaspoon vegetable oil, stirring thoroughly. As soon as chocolate is fully melted, spread evenly over cooled dark chocolate. Sprinkle crushed candy on the top and place in the refrigerator until cooled. Peal wax paper off the back of the candy and break in pieces and enjoy!
My peppermint bark is much thicker than the average–I’m sure a more traditional thinner bark could be used by cutting the recipe in thirds or halves, or spreading the chocolate on a larger baking sheet. My peppermint extract measurements are approximated–have fun with it! This is a very easy recipe and a sure crowd-pleaser.