Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Peppermint Crunch Bark

Holiday barks are one of the best and easiest treats. You can make lots of different kinds and they really do not take that long, at all.

Peppermint bark has long been Ethan's favorite, I even tried to sway him last year with Salted Chocolate Toffee Pretzel Bark, but to no avail, he was still loving his peppermint bark. This peppermint crunch bark has everything you love about regular peppermint bark, but it is amped up, just a little bit. You add rice krispie cereal to it! It gives it an extra crunch and does not mess up the flavors, that part is still traditional. When Ethan tried this one, he has a new favorite, it is that good!

Make this for someone who needs a holiday treat, your hair stylist, the mailman, package delivery guys, or your next door neighbors. It is so easy and everyone loves homemade holiday treats. 'Tis the season!
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1 lb. of White Chocolate, + 2 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil if using chips
2 cups of Rice Krispie Cereal
6-7 Candy Canes, unwrapped and crushed
Wax Paper

First, prepare a baking sheet with wax paper or a silpat mat.

Now, place the chocolate (& oil, if using just chips) in the microwave and heat for one minute, stir, and repeat in 30 second intervals, until the chocolate has melted.

Next, stir the cereal into the melted chocolate. Spread onto the baking sheet and spread out into a thin layer with a spatula. Sprinkle the crushed candy on top, you may not use all, just cover the surface.

Now, take a sheet of wax paper and press the candies into the chocolate/cereal mix. The wax will help your hands from getting burned and sticking to the chocolate. Once all of the candies have been pressed in, discard the wax paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Break into pieces.

Store in an airtight container, keep in the refrigerator if your kitchen keeps warm.


Happy Cooking,
The Barbee Housewife

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