Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bark

Everyone knows the holiday favorite of Peppermint bark, and I do admit it is pretty good and gets your right into the holiday spirit. However, I wanted to make something just a little different, so I went for a “hot chocolate” flavor, semi-inspired by Serendipity 3’s Frozen Hot Chocolate. 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. dark chocolate (I like to use Wilton’s Candy Melts but you can use chocolate chips)
  • 12 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 oz semi-sweet baker’s chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. hot coco powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 12 peppermint candies

Begin by smashing your candies into small pieces. You can do this by placing them in a plastic bag and gently hitting with a meat tenderizer, hammer, or even a sturdy mug. You don’t want to create dust, just small pieces. Set the candy aside.

The easiest way to melt the chocolate without the looming fear of burning it would be to double boil. You could buy a fancy pot, but I just recommend using a big pot and a small pot together. Fill the large pot no more than half way. (You don’t want the hot water to gush out when you put the small pot in.) Bring the water in the large pot to a simmer and then remove from heat. Immediately put the small pot filled with the dark chocolate melts, semi-sweet baker’s chocolate, and hot coco into the large pot. Begin stirring and mix until smooth.

Once your chocolate is smooth. Pour out onto a large cool surface that has been covered in parchment paper. Spread until about 1/4 inch thick. Let cool.

While the dark chocolate is cooling, repeat the melting process with the white chocolate, mixing in vanilla and peppermint extracts. If your chocolate gets to be a stiff and chalky consistency, you can fix it by adding a tablespoon of vegetable shortening (Crisco).

Spread the white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer as even as possible. The dark chocolate will start melting again into the white chocolate if you hit that layer, so be cautious.

While the white chocolate is still warm, sprinkle your candy bits onto the top so that they stick.

Let cool for 30 minutes and then you are able to break apart pieces, or cut them up like I did.

I packaged them up all nicely and this could be another Christmas gift! They taste like peppermint hot chocolates (shocking, I know!).

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