2-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe

Yields: About 12-15 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Set Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips (Use a higher-quality chocolate for the best taste)
  • 5-6 regular-sized candy canes (or about 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies)

Equipment:

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Zip-top bag or resealable container
  • Meat mallet, rolling pin, or heavy object

Instructions

Prepare the baking sheet:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This will help the bark release easily once it’s hardened.

Crush the candy canes:

  • Place unwrapped candy canes inside a zip-top bag or between two sheets of parchment paper.
  • Using a meat mallet, rolling pin, or another heavy object, crush the candy canes into a mix of small pieces and finer bits.

Melt the chocolate:

  • Microwave method: Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring well after each interval, until melted and smooth. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate.
  • Double-boiler method: If you don’t have a microwave or prefer this method, fill a saucepan with an inch or two of water and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl that fits over the saucepan (making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Assemble the bark:

  • Pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Use a spatula to spread the chocolate into an even layer, about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes evenly over the melted chocolate.

Set the bark:

  • Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes, or until the chocolate has completely hardened.

Break and enjoy:

  • Once set, break the bark into irregular pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tips:

  • Flavor variations: Try white chocolate or milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate. You can also add a small drizzle of melted white chocolate over the finished bark for a decorative touch.
  • Add a touch of extract: Stir in a 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract with the melted chocolate for an extra peppermint boost.
  • Gift-giving: This peppermint bark makes a wonderful and easy holiday gift!

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