Sophisticated Sugar: Peppermint Bark

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Of all the candies I have ever made – and I’ve made a lot – no other candy has received so many compliments. With a satisfying snap, this creamy white chocolate is filled with tantalizing peppermint.

 

Peppermint Bark Homemade Candy Bars

3 cups melting white chocolate
12 candy canes (one box)
Mini Loaf Pan

 

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To make these delightful homemade ‘candy bars’, start by cutting pieces of wax paper to line the inside each opening of the loaf pan. Cut the paper to line the bottom of each opening, and still be long enough to continue up two of the sides. Later these wax papers will be used to pull chocolate up and out of the loaf pan.

Crush candy canes. This is best done in either a food processor or blender – crush candy canes until half powder, half small pieces.

Melt white chocolate. You can either microwave the chocolate on half power (a minute at  first, then 30 seconds after that, stirring frequently), or place the chocolate in the top part of a double boiler (just be careful to NOT allow water to get into chocolate as it will ruin it.)

Once chocolate it fully melted, mix chocolate and peppermint cane together thoroughly.

Spoon melted chocolate with peppermint into loaf pan. Each ‘candy bar’ should be about 1/4 inch thick. Two small spoonfuls is usually about right. Once all are full, lift pan two inches above the counter top and drop to tap out any air bubbles and to smooth the top. Do this several times. Place pan in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes or until firm. Pull on wax paper to remove chocolate. Fold wax paper around chocolate, and then wrap in paper for an adorable gift!

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