Imagine biting into a piece of heaven where the rich, velvety smoothness of dark chocolate meets the sweet, creamy texture of white chocolate, all infused with a hint of refreshing mint. That’s exactly what our Minty Chocolate Candy Cane Bark offers. This recipe is a symphony of flavors that perfectly captures the spirit of the holidays. It’s not just a dessert; it’s an experience that tantalizes your taste buds with every bite.
What sets this bark apart is its festive twist – the candy canes. They add a playful crunch and a burst of peppermint that makes each piece unique. This treat is not only a joy to eat but also a delight to look at, with its contrasting layers of chocolate and sprinkles of candy cane. Whether you’re looking for a quick holiday snack or a charming gift, this chocolate bark is sure to impress.
Table of contents
Chocolate Peppermint Bark recipe
- 300 grams of dark chocolate bars, finely chopped (approximately 11oz)
- 1 teaspoon of mint extract, divided into two halves
- 300 grams of white chocolate bars, finely chopped (approximately 11oz)
- 6 candy canes, crushed into small pieces
- Preparation: Begin by lining a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Smooth it out to cover the entire surface and set it aside.
- Melting Dark Chocolate: Prepare a double boiler by filling a small pot with 1 inch of water and bring it to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Find a glass bowl that rests securely on top of the pot without touching the water. Place the dark chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract into this bowl. Set the bowl over the simmering water and frequently stir the chocolate until it’s completely melted and has a smooth consistency.
- Spreading Dark Chocolate: Pour the melted dark chocolate onto the foil-lined baking sheet. Use an offset spatula to evenly spread the chocolate. It should cover most of the pan, but the thickness depends on your preference. Chill the chocolate in the fridge to set.
- Melting White Chocolate: Clean the glass bowl or use a new one for the white chocolate. Add the white chocolate and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract to the bowl. Place it over the simmering water in your double boiler, and stir until the white chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
- Adding Candy Canes to White Chocolate: Mix in half of the crushed candy canes into the melted white chocolate.
- Layering White Chocolate: Remove the baking sheet from the fridge and carefully spread the white chocolate and candy cane mixture over the set dark chocolate layer.
- Final Touches: Sprinkle the rest of the crushed candy canes over the top of the white chocolate layer. Gently press them into the chocolate before it sets.
- Setting the Bark: Allow the chocolate bark to set completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- Serving: Once set, break the bark into irregular chunks. Your minty, chocolatey candy cane bark is ready to be enjoyed!
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes | Kcal: 180 kcal per serving | Servings: 24 servings
Chocolate Peppermint Bark FAQS
Where is Peppermint Bark From?
Peppermint bark originates from the United States. It’s a relatively modern creation, becoming popular in the latter half of the 20th century. This festive treat, which typically appears around the Christmas season, combines the flavors of peppermint and chocolate, embodying the holiday spirit.
What is Peppermint Chocolate Made Of?
Peppermint chocolate, such as the one used in peppermint bark, is typically made of a few key ingredients. These include chocolate (either dark or white, or a combination of both), peppermint extract or flavoring, and often crushed peppermint candies or candy canes. The peppermint extract infuses the chocolate with a refreshing minty flavor, while the crushed candies add a crunchy texture and enhance the peppermint taste.
Does Chocolate Peppermint Bark Go Bad?
Like many confections, chocolate peppermint bark can go bad, but it generally has a relatively long shelf life if stored properly. It should be kept in an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing moisture or odors and stored in a cool, dry place. If refrigerated, it can last even longer. Usually, peppermint bark can be enjoyed for several weeks, and sometimes even months, without losing its quality.
Why is Peppermint Bark Called Bark?
The term “bark” in peppermint bark refers to its appearance. Once the chocolate is melted, mixed with peppermint, and spread out to cool and harden, it typically forms a thin layer. When this layer is broken into pieces, the resulting shards resemble the rough, uneven surface of tree bark. The name is a playful nod to this characteristic texture, not to any ingredient or specific flavor.
Peppermint bark is a wonderful example of a simple yet delightful treat that has woven its way into holiday traditions, beloved for its combination of flavors and ease of preparation.