Whip up a batch of this delicious dark chocolate peppermint bark. It is healthy, great for Christmas gifts, and it’s super easy, too!
By Katie, Contributing Writer
Today is the second day in our Homemade Christmas series, which is running from Monday, December 1st, through Friday, December 12th. Each day we’ll have a homemade gift post or tutorial. Don’t miss all of them! Yesterday we had Chocolate-Rose Magnesium Lotion, which is awesome!
Chocolate Peppermint Bark
The moment the calendar turns to December thoughts of chocolate and peppermint dance through my head. There are few flavors that I enjoy more than this combo. It’s evident by the peppermint hot cocoa, mocha and fudge that I make year round. I use the Christmas season as an excuse to make even more chocolate peppermint treats!
Simple, homemade gifts and treats are a wonderful way to show some you care this time of year.
This peppermint bark is easy to make. It only requires dark chocolate instead of having to layer white and dark like many recipes. Not only is it easier but I like it better that way too.
- 12 oz dark chocolate ( organic fair-trade, 70-85% is preferred)
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
- 2 TBS coconut oil
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Step 1: Break or cut the chocolate into small pieces.
Step 2: Add 3/4 of the chocolate to a double boiler.* Bring the water to a boil and allow the chocolate bring to melt.
Step 3: Once it is nearly melted remove from heat and place on a hot pad or towel. Add the coconut oil, remaining 1/4 of chocolate and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously with a spoon until slightly shinning and smooth.
Step 4: Add 1/4 cup of crushed candy canes to the chocolate and stir in.
Step 5: Pour the chocolate onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Spread it out with a spatula until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick, sprinkle with the remaining candy cane pieces.
Step 6: Allow to cool uncovered for at least 4 hours. Break into desired size pieces.
*If you don’t have a double boiler you can place a glass or stainless-steel bowl on top of a sauce pot. (It’s what I have done for years.)
What is your favorite Christmas candy?