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Peppermint Bark broken up in a bowl

Peppermint Bark!

I made this for Christmas, but have seen something similar made with red hots so that would make a nice Valentine’s Day variation.  It was very popular & most commonly described as “pure sugar”.  It’s like a tastier version of rocket fuel!

I first made this a few years ago after finding some large skewered marshmallows coated in chocolate & peppermint.  This was my, far lazier, version of that.  No cooking required, just a little time in the microwave for melting the chocolate. (The pics were a last minute idea while I was making them Christmas & I was running late, so here you are shadows & all.)

As far as amounts, just use your own judgement.  I never measure anything.

A bowl of white chocolate chips & a box of peppermint candy canes

White chocolate chips & candy canes

  • I used a couple of bags of white chocolate chips, several peppermint candy canes, & a bag of peppermint marshmallows.
  • The peppermint marshmallows were new, but when I saw them it seemed perfect.  It tastes fine with plain marshmallows as well.
  • You can get peppermint chips, but those were about $3 for a bag versus $1 for a box of candy canes.
A layer of peppermint marshmallows spread out in a foil lined pan

Peppermint marshmallows

  • I lined a pan with foil & layered the marshmallows in it.  The first time I did it, I mixed the marshmallow in like the candies.  It doesn’t make a difference, just a matter of preference.
Peppermint candy canes unwrapped, broken, & sealed inside a ziploc bag.

Broken, bagged candy canes

  • Unwrap a few candy canes, break them up, & put them in a plastic bag you can seal securely.
A bag of crushed peppermint candy canes

Broken candy canes

  • Crush them up using whatever you want to smash them to bits with.  Maybe you have someone’s face you could put under the bag to help you get the smashing right.  (I meant a picture of their face, of course.  You shouldn’t smash anyone’s actual face… That would be wrong & illegal.)
A foil-lined pan with the melted white chocolate mixed with marshmallows & crushed peppermint candy canes.

Melted chocolate mixed with marshmallows & crushed peppermint

  • Put your chips in a microwave safe bowl, & melt them on 70% power in 30sec bursts.  You can also nuke them on full power for 30secs, then in 15sec bursts.  Stir between bursts till they are fully melted.
  • You can also use your method of choice to melt them.
  • Pour the melted chocolate into the pan.  Add most of the crushed candies to it, & the marshmallows if you haven’t already.
  • Stir in the candies.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the candies over the top.
  • Put the pan in the freezer for a couple of hours, or the fridge if you have more time.
  • When the candy is solid, break it up.  I didn’t have the right size pan, so mine came out a bit thick.  I wrapped it up & smashed it with a hammer to break it.
  • Voila!
Peppermint Bark finished & broken up into a bowl.

Finished candy broken up

 

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