Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Blogmas Day 22: If you're lazy and festive, like me

Hey gang! Tonight's blog post is a little bit different--we're making peppermint bark! Or rather...I made peppermint bark earlier today and thought to document the process to teach you all how to do it. It's super easy and only has two ingredients, so if you're lazy and festive, like me, this is perfect! It only takes a few minutes, requires no baking, and will be a hit among your friends and family. It's also a perfect last-minute gift if you need to give a hostess a little somethin' sweet or if you have a potluck at work. Overall: 5 stars, would make again.

To make a (relatively small) batch yourself, you will need...


and that's seriously it! You can add peppermint extract if you really like that minty fresh taste, but why make matters more complicated than need-be?

Next, melt your chocolate in a double boiler. To do this, boil a small pot on water on your stovetop...


...and break the chocolate into small pieces in a heat-safe bowl. This makes the chocolate melt down quicker and more evenly.


Once the water is boiling, place the bowl on top of the boiling water. The steam from the pot will melt the chocolate slowly and evenly, whereas the microwave might scald the chocolate or make the mixture lumpy. Using the double-boiler method might seem tedious, but it barely takes any extra time and is super worth the effort.


It'll melt down pretty quick; just keep an eye on it and keep stirring your mixture. Now's a good time to let you know that you can use any type of chocolate you like, whether that be milk, semi-sweet, dark...you get the picture. I just think white chocolate goes great with peppermint and is the most authentic way to make bark that is holiday-approved.

While the chocolate is melting, unwrap 15-20 peppermints and place them in a plastic bag. I suggest double-bagging, to contain crumbs better, but bear in mind that this advice should only be followed in regards to this recipe and definitely not in the bedroom. (That's a condom joke. Sorry, mom.)



I found that the side of a wooden spoon worked the best, but you can also use a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer...or really whatever you have lying around.

Once the peppermints are crushed up, add them to the bowl of melted chocolate and stir to combine. Then, just spread the mixture on a cookie sheet or casserole dish lined with wax paper. Put in the fridge to set (about 30-45 mins) and you're done! The cooled bark pulls easily from the wax paper, so no non-stick spray is required. This also makes for easy cleanup. Just break pieces in your hands for a rustic, authentic end-product (which you'll see I've done here), or run a knife under hot water to cut out perfect squares.


Regardless of the occasion, this is super easy and uninvolved, and can be done in under an hour while you watch the Kardashians or listen to festive tunes. I know this post is a little different than the norm, but I hope you enjoyed nonetheless! A big part of Blogmas is getting into the holiday spirit, and I don't know what better way to do that than to teach you how to make the easiest of Christmas recipes. I think this one would make Buddy the Elf proud.












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