Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentine Bark

Have you noticed all of the gorgeous candy that has suddenly turned up in all the stores. This year has featured a lot of varieties of "Christmas Bark" and while it is gorgeous, it is too easy to make yourself to put out big bucks! Instead, follow my recipe and then make tons of it as gift for anyone and everyone on your Christmas list. And just in case you don't like peppermint, simply remove it from the ingredient list and substitute your favorite kind of nut! There... done!
12 oz chocolate chips
16 oz white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup peppermint candy, crushed
You are going to need a 9x13 inch pan. Generously line it with foil and then turn on the oven to 250 degrees.
Spray the foil with your favorite cooking spray and then sprinkle the bottom with chocolate chips. Spread them out to create an even layer.
Pop into the oven for a few minutes so that they are nearly melted. Remove and then finish the job with a knife to smooth them out. Pan will then be placed in the refrigerator until the chocolate is cold. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a good book and put your feet up.
Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then pour over the chocolate layer. If I can stick my finger into the white chocolate for a taste ;) I know that it is ready. Add your peppermint extract and then pour over the chocolate layer. No time to daudle here... work quickly. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and then pop back into the refrigerator until set.
Remove from the pan and remove the foil. Break into pieces and it is ready for giving... or eating. ;)
Okay... this is on my to-do list  for Valentine's Day... I think that the crushed candy canes will still work!!

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