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Christmas is just days away, but you have enough time to run to the shops one last time and pick up some quick ingredients to make something over the holidays with your loved one. This is the easiest, most simple recipe for peppermint bark. Even the person in your life who has never touched an oven could make this.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dark or milk chocolate
  • 8 oz white chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup candy cane pieces

Notes:
You’ll need to chop up your chocolate, or you could use chocolate chips, instead.
The candy cane pieces need to be crushed, which you can do by putting a few candy canes in a plastic food bag and crushing them with your rolling pin.
The deeper your tray or pan, the thicker your chocolate bark can become. You may need to adjust this recipe if you’re using a bigger tray than the one suggested here. 

Instructions

  1. Place baking/parchment paper on a baking tray. For this recipe, you’ll want a tray that’s around 8×8 inches, if possible.  
  2. Place your dark or milk chocolate in a microwavable bowl.
  3. Heat for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir.
  5. Return to microwave and keep heating the chocolate in 15-second increments until chocolate is completely melted. Remember to stir each time you stop the microwave.
  6. Stir in 1/4tsp of the peppermint extract.
  7. Spread the melted dark/milk chocolate and peppermint mix onto your lined baking tray. Set this aside.
  8. Repeat the above with your white chocolate to melt it and stir in the other 1/4tsp peppermint extract.
  9. Add 1/4 of the cup of crushed candy canes to the white chocolate and peppermint mix.
  10. Spread the white chocolate over the dark/milk chocolate layer in the pan.
  11. Use the rest of the crushed candy canes to decorate your chocolate slab.
  12. Let the bark harden at room temperature before you cut it into pieces.

To make this a gift

Place small pieces of the bark in a clear bag and tie it off with some string and a present label. You could add extras, such as edible glitter or snowflakes, during decoration. 

This is a great handmade gift for friends and family. Peppermint bark is an extremely popular holiday candy in America, but it’s not something that people usually buy for each other. It’s so easy to make, as you can see from the above recipe. Have fun and be sure to post your attempts below!