Then it clicked....homemade goodies!
I knew I was going to make my Dad & Sister a few variations of Coconut Macaroons (post coming tomorrow), but wanted to make something special for my Mom. Peppermint Bark is something her and I have loved for a long time - so I searched a few recipes to get a feel for it, and it seemed easy enough. I got out all of the ingredients and prayed it would turn out OK.
- 12 oz semi sweet chocolate *make sure it is good quality
- 14-16 oz white baking chocolate *make sure it is good quality
- 1.5 tsp peppermint extract
- 10 mini candy canes - or 3 large candy canes (crushed)
- Prep a 9x13 pan - coat in aluminum foil (shiny side up) and make sure it is as smooth as possible
- Make a double boiler on your stove - heat ~1 inch of water in a sauce pan
- Place 3/4 cup semi-sweet chips in heatproof bowl, place over sauce pan on stove, stir this until about 1/3-1/2 of the chocolate is melted - then remove the bowl from saucepan, and slowly add in the additional 3/4 semi-sweet chips. You may need to place it over the sauce pan for a few seconds, on and off, until the chocolate is smooth and melted. FYI - BE PATIENT! This is a process.
- Once all chocolate is melted, remove from heat and stir in 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
- Immediately pour the melted chocolate into the 9x13 pan (may not fit the whole pan) - and smooth out as best as you can; including smacking the pan on counter to remove any bubbles
- Place in cool place to let set (15ish min)
- While the semi-sweet chocolate is setting... start working on the white chocolate; using same technique above, but starting with 1 cup of white chocolate - melting it 1/2 way - then adding the additional 1 cup in, taking it on and off the heat to ensure no burning happens. Once smooth and melted, add in the 3/4 tsp peppermint extract... then pour on top of the set semi-sweet chocolate
- As soon as the white chocolate is smoothed out, sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top and slightly press in the top to ensure they stick
- Let cool (I put mine in garage... its cold in Wisconsin!) for an hour or so, then crack into pieces!
I will definitely be making more of these homemade goodies from here on out. With as easy as they are - there is no reason not to! Plus, I think it shows a lot, to the gift receiver, about how much they mean to you.
Look out for the macaroons recipe(s) tomorrow. Another quick and easy gift idea that you will still have time to get together for Christmas!