Saturday, December 21, 2013

Easy Christmas Gift: Chocolate Bark 3 Ways

white chocolate peppermint bark

My co-workers and I exchange presents every year. What is better than the gift of candy? Nothing! (Except cookies lol) Here is the very easy chocolate bark recipe I made and it's relatively inexpensive. I made white bark with peppermints, marbled bark with peanuts, and peanut butter and chocolate bark. All were made within a hours time or less by using the freezer and microwave. I also made a home made double boiler which is a pot of boiling water with a glass bowl above it (not touching) If microwaving, begin at 30 second intervals and mix after each time.
microwaved chocolate
Here's what you'll need for the peppermint bark:

Peppermint Bark
1 package white chocolate chips
1/4 tsp oil (makes chocolate glossy and prevents scorching)
12-15 starlight mints or peppermints crushed
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
double boiler or glass microwavable bowl.
tin foil and a sheet pan is helpful but not necessary 9x13 piece

If using the double boiler method, warm chocolate in a glass bowl on low. Stir constantly and add the oil. Melt until the chocolate is glossy and no more chips are visible. Add the extract and remove from the heat. Use a spoon to spread the chocolate over the foil. Sprinkle the peppermints on top. Cool in the fridge or freezer and break apart when ready to serve.
cute containers from the dollar store

Marble Bark

1 pkg almond bark chocolate (or white chocolate chips)
1/2 package chocolate chips
1/4 tsp oil
nuts of your choice (I used peanuts)crushed.

Again use the same melting method above. I broke the big pieces of almond bark apart and melted them int the microwave for this one. Melt the chocolate chips separately. Spread out on a 9x13 piece of tin foil or larger with a spoon. Add the spoonfuls of chocolate on top of the white chocolate. I made around 9 mounds. Use a skewer to make lines up and then back down and across. This will give you a swirl pattern. Lastly add the nuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before breaking.
marble bark 

PB and Chocolate bark

1 pkg. chocolate chips
1/4 tsp. oil
2 cups PB
1 cup confectioners sugar
tin foil for spreading

As in all of the above recipes melt the chocolate and stir in the oil. Reserve one half of the chocolate and keep it on the double boiler to stay pliable but turn the heat off.
In a separate bowl, mix the confectioners sugar and and peanut butter. Add water if necessary to make the peanut butter spreadable.
Spread one half of the chocolate over the tin foil. Freeze until set. Add a layer of the peanut butter and freeze again. Cover with the remaining chocolate and put in the fridge until it sets. Break apart and enjoy or gift.
This was the only bark left from the side of the tinfoil without the 2nd layer

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