Peppermint is a classic flavor that everyone loves and can be used in a variety of different recipes. Combining mint and chocolate is one of my favorite ways to eat peppermint. Peppermint bark is an easy dessert that assembles quickly with minimal fuss. The secret to great peppermint bark is to use high-quality chocolate. If you prefer, you can use all dark or all white chocolate for this recipe.
- 16 oz. high-quality dark chocolate chopped into small pieces
- 16 oz. high-quality white chocolate chopped into small pieces
- 1 c. crushed peppermint candy
Place peppermint candy in a heavy-duty freezer bag and cover with a towel. Pound bag with a meat mallet or rolling pin until finely crushed. Set aside. (This can be done in a food processor, if preferred).
Line a small, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. If necessary, dampen the bottom of the outer edges of the parchment paper to hold it in place.
In a double broiler, melt the dark chocolate until smooth. Transfer while warm and melted to parchment paper and spread with a plastic spatula until uniformly thick.
Thoroughly clean double broiler before melting the white chocolate. Once smooth, stir in the crushed peppermint pieces until evenly distributed. Pour the white chocolate mixture on top of the dark chocolate layer. Spread until evenly distributed over the dark chocolate layer.
Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Once harden, break peppermint bark into pieces before serving or storing.
Mint Juleps are a classic drink that uses mint as a key ingredient. But what other mint themed drinks have you had? You’ll definitely want to give these peppermint martinis a try! The crushed candy cane rim complements the chocolate and peppermint flavors perfectly.
- 2 oz. vanilla vodka chilled
- 1 oz. white crème de cacao chilled
- 1 oz. Peppermint schnapps chilled
- 3 oz. peppermint candy crushed
- ¼ fresh lime
- small candy canes
Place peppermint candy in a plastic bag and cover with a towel. Pound bag with a meat mallet or rolling pin until the candy is crushed into very small pieces. Transfer crushed candy pieces to a flat plate.
Run a small wedge of lime around the rim of a martini glass until it is very well moistened. Turn the martini glass upside down and place moistened rim onto plate of crushed peppermints. Turn the glass gently to ensure the entire rim is evenly coated.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, crème de cacao, and peppermint schnapps. Shake vigorously until thoroughly combined. Strain chilled liquid into a prepared martini glass and add a small candy cane, if desired. Serve immediately.
What’s your favorite way to eat peppermints?