Bo and I love our peppermint bark, and have always made sure to have some at our house every Christmas. We usually bought it at Williams-Sonoma, or bought the bags of little squares by Ghirardelli. Last year, on the night before Christmas Eve, we decided to make our own. It was easy and fun.
It is so simple to make, I doubt we will ever buy it again. Here’s how we did it:
We bought two bags of chocolate chips, one of dark chocolate, and one of white chocolate, plus a bag of peppermint candy.
Bo melted the dark chocolate in a double boiler and poured it onto a jellyroll pan lined with parchment paper. I used an extra-wide cookie spatula to spread the chocolate until it was a thin, smooth layer. We put it into the fridge until it was hard – very hard.
While it chilled, we put the peppermints into a zip-close bag, and crushed them with a meat cleaver. They sat aside waiting for the white chocolate to be ready to receive them.
Bo then melted the white chocolate in the double boiler, and poured it over the dark chocolate. Again, I spread the white chocolate over the dark. Immediately, we began sprinkling crushed peppermint over the white chocolate, and patting it in so it wouldn’t fall off when the chocolate hardened.
It took a bit longer to harden than we expected because the warmth of the white chocolate softened the dark chocolate, but it was worth the wait. That first year, we enjoyed it all through Christmas and the following week. We’re already looking forward to making this special treat again this year.
A Trip to Enjoy Christmas Music and Soak Up the Holiday Atmosphere
Last year, on Christmas Eve morning, with no shopping left to do, we decided to make a trip to the mall specifically to be in the crowd and to soak up the holiday atmosphere. Of course, we wandered into Williams-Sonoma, and of course, they were offering free bites of their peppermint bark. As usual, we each took one. That time, instead of commenting on how good it was, we looked at each other, and simultaneously said, “Ours is better!” It really was, and that was surprising. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!