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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Easiest Peppermint Bark.....EVER.

I am in full on make-treats-because-it-is-Christmas-and-that-is-what-you-do-at-Christmas mode.

From the Glazed Spiced Nuts and Gingerbread I wrote about last week.
To making turtle cheesecake for a work gathering.
Even the Big Guy making his famous Chex Mix.

We. Are. In. It. 
Up to the elbows.
Knee deep.
We're in the thick of it.

Anyway, one of my seasonal favorites is the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark.  I could eat a bar this size every day and never feel guilty.  Granted, my pants wouldn't fit after a while, but you get the idea.

When a cookie-coating-experiment went horribly wrong, I got the idea to use the cookie molds to make peppermint bark.  Because one thing I don't like is a lot of fuss and muss.  I want easy, simple, good tasting treats.  Not something that takes every pot in my kitchen to make, along with lots of steps and processes.

No thank you.

Here is how mine turned out:

How freaking adorable are those?

What you'll need

  1. Candy coating/melting chocolate--you can find these at craft stores or any store that sells cake decorating items.  Wilton is the top line of candy making products.  I used this kind, and this kind.  
  2. Candy mold--mine were actually these.  Best idea?  a muffin tin.  Even the mini-muffin tin would be a great use!  
  3. Baggies--don't waste your money on piping bags near the candy supplies.  Waste of money.  Use a zip-top sandwich sized bag (snack size is to small, quart size is too big, and the flip-the-top-over sandwich bags can be too thin of plastic)
  4. Room in your freezer:  this is to do a "quick set" of the candy.  You can also do what I do--if you live in a cold enough climate, stick it outside!
  5. Microwave:  to melt the candy melts

Step 1:
Set up molds (or your muffin tin) on a flat surface

Step 2:
Melt the peppermint-flecked coating first.  Once melted transfer to a baggie and close.

Step 3:
Snip the corner of your baggie and fill each well of your mold (or muffin tin) half way.  Don't worry about making the candy smooth and pretty.  Repeat until your baggie is empty.  

Step 4:
Shake molds until candy spreads out (THIS steps makes it "smooth and pretty").

Step 5: 
Place mold in the freezer for 5 minutes to get a slight set to your candy

Step 6:
Remove candy from freezer.  Melt second flavor of candy in microwave and repeat steps 2, 3 & 4.  

Step 7:
Place candy in freezer for 15 minutes or until firm.  Once firm remove from freezer and turn mold over to pop out candy pieces.

Peppermint bark!

1 comment:

Rebecca Jo Vincent said...

Well, I'll start calling you Martha Stewart!!!