With a million errands to run, wrapping to finish, and a teeny tiny bit more shopping to do, I haven’t had the time to complete any large projects this week (as I’m sure many of you are in the same boat!). I did, however, cook up a couple quick and easy sweets, which I ALWAYS have time for…
Two-toned Peppermint Christmas Bark! Devilishly delicious.
Here’s what you need:
12 oz. (1 packet) of semi-sweet chocolate
12 oz. (1 packet) of white chocolate
approx. 2.5 oz. crumbled candy cane
First, I started off with a packet of semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate Ghirardelli morsels. After nibbling on quite a few…I melted the semi-sweet chocolate over medium low heat, stirring constantly until it was smooth and delicious. Once the chocolate was completely melted, I quickly took it off the heat a spread it on a wax papered cookie sheet:
To release some of the bubbles and even out the chocolate a bit, I simply shook the cookie sheet back and forth a few times, and then placed it directly in the fridge for the chocolate to solidify.
Once the chocolate had hardened (about 30 minutes), I started on the white chocolate. Although, I’m quite certain I ate at least a quarter of the bag – try not to do the same (you need all the white chocolate you can get)! *It’s also important to know that white chocolate morsels do not melt the same as milk chocolate. For these morsels, you need to heat them over very lightly boiling water – they do NOT do well with direct heat (believe me, I know this from personal experience…)! Use a double boiler, or simply place a pot over boiling water.
Stir the white chocolate constantly and as the white chocolate begins to fully melt, begin stirring in about half of your crumbled candy cane. I used about 1.5 oz. but feel free to use as much or as little as you wish! As soon as the chocolate is deliciously melted, take it off the heat source and quickly spread it over the solidified semi-sweet layer – but don’t take too long as the first semi-sweet layer may soon begin to melt!
Once your second layer is spread, sprinkle the rest of your candy cane crumbles over the top and once again, put your cookie sheet in the fridge so the chocolate solidifies – about another 30 minutes.
And lastly, take your Christmas Bark out of the fridge and break into delicious bite size pieces. Perfect for a last minute holiday party or hostess gift!
Oh yes, on a side note and to take just a little more advantage of your melted chocolates, I also dipped in a few strawberries…
Enjoy and happy holiday!
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