Thursday, December 15, 2011

12 treats of christmas, day 5: peppermint bark

The first peppermint bark I ever tried was at Williams Sonoma, when I wandered in there with David during a date night years ago, probably when it was just Jacob (oh and before you feel too sorry for David for having a wife who drags him to Williams Sonoma on date nights, I'll go ahead and mention that we probably stopped at Home Depot for air filters during the same date. Okay -- now you can feel sorry for him.)

Anyway, the stuff is ah-maz-ing. But given what they charge for it you'd think it was some rare truffle that could only be sniffed out by hogs on the endangered species list or something. Seriously - making this is brain-dead easy. You melt the dark chocolate (I use about a pound). Spread it into a pan lined with parchment (I use a 9x13). Stick in freezer for about 20 minutes. Then melt the white chocolate (also about a pound). Spread on the dark chocolate and cover with crushed up candy canes. Let set. Ta-da! Homemade peppermint bark for a fraction of what WS charges for it, and ready in less time than it would take to run to the store for it. Now granted, you'd miss out on that extra trip to Williams Sonoma, which would be disappointing. But it's all about having options!

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