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Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Well, Christmas is nearly upon us, and if you haven’t had your fill of chocolate and sweets and all the goodies that only come once a year, here’s one more recipe for you. This chocolate peppermint bark is super quick and easy to make, and tastes pretty darned good, too! Oh, and if you’re in need of a great last-minute gift, this might just fit the bill! 🙂

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We prefer dark chocolate and picked up two good-sized chunks of Callebaut baking chocolate from Whole Foods. While I’ve never made chocolate bark before, online resources suggested it was straight forward – turns out it is!

You can melt your chocolate in a bowl placed over a pot of boiled water, but an easier method is using the microwave. Melting the chocolate in 30 second intervals under a medium to medium-high power setting, stirring the chocolate in between, is a foolproof way to ensure the chocolate doesn’t seize.

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Once the dark chocolate has melted, mix in 1 or 2 teaspoons of pure peppermint extract (start with 1 and adjust, according to your taste preferences). Pour the dark chocolate onto a parchment-lined tray and spread it out using the back of a spatula or spoon. Then drizzle the melted white chocolate over the dark, and use a toothpick or cake-tester to swirl the two together.

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We sprinkled ours with a bit of large-flake coconut, but I’ve seen others add crushed-up candy canes, or pomegranate arils, or even a bit of good-quality sea salt might be nice!

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Pop it in the fridge for an hour or so until the chocolate hardens. Then the fun part comes – time to break it up into pieces!

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It’s very good stuff, and it’s probably best to package it up and distribute to friends and family as little gifts – if you don’t, I will not be held responsible if you inadvertently munch through the entire tray 😉

Merry Christmas!

Chocolate Peppermint Bark
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 40 pieces
  • Serving size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 67
  • Fat: 4.2 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 7.3 g
  • Sodium: 6 mg
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.2 mg
Recipe type: Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 290 g 70% dark chocolate (Callebaut)
  • 225 g White chocolate (Callebaut)
  • 1 - 2 tsp pure peppermint extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. If you are using a large chunk of baking chocolate, cut the chunk into smaller pieces.
  2. Place the dark and white chocolate in separate microwave-safe bowls.
  3. On a medium-power setting, microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  4. Add 1 - 2 tsp of peppermint extract to the dark chocolate and stir to thoroughly combine.
  5. Pour the dark chocolate onto a parchment-lined baking tray and spread it our using a spatula (aim for a layer a few millimeters thick).
  6. Drizzle the white chocolate on top of the dark and use a toothpick or cake-tester to swirl the two chocolates together.
  7. Sprinkle with coconut flakes, if using, and refrigerate for about an hour until the chocolate has hardened.
  8. Break into pieces and serve!

Enjoy this Chocolate Peppermint Bark!