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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Layered Peppermint Bark Recipe Tutorial

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Have you ever heard the saying "His bark is worse than his bite."?

I remember the first time I heard it, I think that it was my Grandma who said it to me when our kick ball went into the neighboring yard and we tried, unsuccessfully, to retrieve it from the less than pleased man who lived there.  Holy smacks, was he crabby...  And loud about it..

Of course we told our Grandmother...and that was her response.  I remember thinking to myself, huh....that's a strange thing to say...but it left an impression that I carry with me to this day.

How about "You're barking up the wrong tree."? Yep...this "Grandpa gem"  was uttered at least a couple of times in my life.  Generally, when I was trying to convince him to allow me to do something that we both knew wasn't going to happen.

I have, in my arsenal, an entire generation of witty euphemisms that my Grandparents gave to me over the years. Every now and then, I summon one from the depths of my memory and use it...generally with my children...because the look on their faces when I casually toss one of these gems into casual conversation  is priceless!

Feel free to use them if you'd like, I'm sure that my Grandparents (and probably yours) would laugh right out loud to hear us quote them! Today, however, I'm sharing a different kind of bark. Layered Peppermint Bark. It's really easy to make, has only a handful of ingredients and takes less than two hours from start to finish.


Layered Peppermint Bark


  • 17 ounces of good-quality white chocolate (I use Ghiradelli or Baker's), finely chopped
  • 30 red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies, coarsely crushed (about 6 ounces)
  • 7 ounces semisweet (not unsweetened) or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract



Make a 12 x 9-inch rectangle from foil and place it on a baking sheet. (You can also cover the bottom of a baking sheet with foil and mark a 12 x 9-inch rectangle.) Stir white chocolate in a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Continue stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth and candy thermometer registers 110°F. (chocolate will feel warm to touch). Remove the pan and pour 2/3 cup of the melted white chocolate onto the rectangle of foil. Using an offset spatula, spread the chocolate to fill rectangle. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup crushed peppermints.

Chill until set, about 15 minutes.

Stir the semisweet chocolate, cream and peppermint extract in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat until just melted and smooth. Cool to barely lukewarm, about 5 minutes. Pour the semisweet chocolate mixture in long lines over white chocolate rectangle. Using icing spatula, spread the semisweet chocolate in even layer. Refrigerate until very cold and firm, about 25 minutes.

 Rewarm remaining white chocolate in bowl set over barely simmering water to 110°F. Working quickly, pour white chocolate over the firm semisweet chocolate layer; spread to cover. Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed peppermints. Chill just until firm, about 20 minutes.

Lift the foil and bark onto work surface and trim the edges. Cut the bark crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips. Using a metal spatula, slide the bark off foil and onto work surface. Cut each strip crosswise into 3 sections and each section diagonally. These can be made 2 weeks ahead but need to be kept cool. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.

I packaged mine in boxes lined with waxed polka dot tissue and tied it with some red and white ribbon before adding a hand stamped chalk board tag that was inspired by a Secret Santa Gift that I recently received. I'll tell you more about that next week. For today, I'm going to "Let sleeping dogs lie."


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  1. I had to laugh because I still use these expressions... and I think our children might be slightly tainted because they've heard them their entire lives. ha ha!

    Thank you for sharing your layered peppermint bark recipe! It looks delightful and since I've not gotten one lick of Christmas baking done this will come in handy. Now I really need to get a move on because I started a project which has a deadline of tomorrow morning (at the latest... ugh what was I thinking.... a bedroom makeover in 3 days!!! and I'm drawing a blank now!! curtains??? )

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. I'm glad to know that it's not just me who is "ruining" my children! I wish that I lived near you, I'd happily lend you another set of hands for your makeover! I can't wait to see what you've done! As for baking...well...this is the FIRST batch of ANYTHING that I've made! We're "both in the same boat". xo

  2. We have lots of funny sayings in our family too. The habit actually comes from my husband's family and they have many. Listen to this husband's Granny would tell her troublesome son that she was going to, "kick you up a stove pipe". That cracks me up!

    Your peppermint bark looks wonderful. I've made it before but it didn't have the whipping cream - without a doubt that would make it better. :)

  3. I have done this with my kids and it is SO fun and SO good!
    What a great recipe to share for the holidays !

  4. Oh dear...peppermint bark is a MAJOR weakness for me!! Now you've given me a RECIPE for it? Just great......I might as well go out and buy bigger jeans right now....why waste time in January.....sigh......

    1. Holiday treats have no calories...especially when you get the recipe from a friend...besides...what's a few hundred calories between girlfriends this time of year (says the gal who has "wearing pants with a zipper on Christmas day" as a goal....) Maybe you should stay away from me....but make the bark! xo

  5. Looks absolutely delicious. Our peppermint bark post goes live tomorrow! ;0)

  6. Kimberly,

    These are amazing! I love the combination of peppermint and chocolate! This recipe looks easy and fun.....the perfect combination for me!

    Have a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

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  8. Kimberly; Thank you so very much for sharing at Seasons Eatings!!! Along each and every step of your recipe, I was licking my lips.
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with much love and happiness.

  9. Wow these look delicious. I love white chocolate :)

  10. Love that tag! Can't wait to read the Secret Santa post next week! ;)

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  12. Thank you for this! I have had this from Williams-Sonoma and wondered about making it myself. Your packaging is beautiful too. I'd love to get this as a gift!

  13. Congrats for being featured over at the blog link party at "Stone Gable" blog...that's where I found this wonderful recipe! I hope to have time to make it before Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.


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