I wasn’t intending to blog about this peppermint bark. Originally, I was just going to quickly melt some white and dark chocolate, swirl them together with a bit of peppermint extract and toss on some chopped up candy canes and call it a day. Or rather, call it a lovely present.
But then a couple of things happened.
First, I couldn’t find any candy canes, apparently they’re quite American. Who knew, right? It’s fun to figure out random cultural differences like that (and they make for something to say at Christmas Dinner), but trivially annoying.
Then, after buying some crumbly mints and mint imperials, I found this three-layer peppermint bark recipe from Orangette. Three layers? Brilliant. It didn’t look like it would take much time. Besides, I had some heavy cream left over from making eggnog. Sorted.
So, I melted my white chocolate, chilled it and continued on. From the beginning, I could tell this was going to be a special recipe, I just didn’t realize how special.
I know, you’re probably thinking that the addition of the heavy cream makes very special. I get it, it is different from traditional peppermint bark. And quite decadent.
But there’s something else. The three layers meld together beautifully with the middle dark chocolate/heavy cream/peppermint extract layer acting as the unifier. Eaten directly from the refrigerator, it is both refreshing and chilling. Though that may not seem ideal for Christmas, trust me, it works.
So, when you’re looking to stock the Christmas Cookie Tins with something other than the usual french lace cookies or simple swirled peppermint bark, turn to this recipe. That is, if you still have enough to give away when you’re done making it!
Note: I used Sainsbury’s Basics White Chocolate and Sainsbury’s Own Dark Chocolate. While neither are exactly high quality, the recipe still turned out well. Do make sure, however, that you’re white chocolate contains coco butter as one of the first ingredients and that you don’t use chips, which contain stabilizers and will split apart upon cutting!
What is your favorite holiday candy? Do you make any special treat to give to people?