Peppermint Dark Chocolate Bark

Christmas is nigh! Horray! Are you excited??? Can you tell that I am?  It’s no secret that I love to celebrate, and Christmas is certainly no exception. The lights, decorations, colors, cookies… Yes yes yes yes. I have a feeling I’m going to be the crazy lady on the block with one of those 50,000 strings of lights and displays that you can see from space. And I’ll leave it up all freakin year long, partly to annoy my neighbors, and partly bc I’m lazy. But also, bc I just love Christmas so darn much!

But maybe not… I know what it feels like to be the victim of too much Christmas cheer.  My mother (who loves celebrating way more than I do) LOVES Christmas.  This time of year, her house looks like Santa exploded.  Her favorite item is this clock.  OH MY GOD THE CLOCK.  This innocent-looking, sweet piece of decor chimes a portion of a Christmas song, every hour, on the hour.  At 6:00, it’s I Wish You a Merry Christmas.  From 6:01 to 7:00, Mom dances around the kitchen singing this God-forsaken tune over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.  Then, at 7:00, it’s The Little Drummer Boy, which gets stuck in my dad’s head, and for the rest of the night, my dad is brrum-bum-bum-bumming all over the house.  You can’t escape this madness.  And you WILL go mad in my house from this.

What’s the worse part?  I will visit my family for Mother’s day, and the clock will still be up, caroling away.  It’s infuriating.  We have taken down the clock ourselves, and my mother just puts it back up.  We have tried to hide it, we have made threats, we have tried bribes.  My younger met up with me for some Christmas shopping a few weekends ago and the first thing he said to me, with wide, stressed-out eyes was Jenni.  The clock.  It’s back.  

So, maybe I won’t go the route of Crazytown Christmas.  Maybe I will just continue to spread some holiday happiness with chocolate.  What better way, right?  I have a little fun treat for you that is one of the easiest and most delicious things ever:  chocolate bark.  I make this every year, and every year I change it up.  You can put craisins, nuts, other candies, or peppermint, like this one.

This time of year, we all have chocolate in the house.  We all have a candy cane or peppermints.  Most of us have access to a microwave and a freezer.  That’s all you need.  Enjoy!


Materials:

  • microwave safe bowl
  • spatula
  • food processor, or a Ziploc bag and meat tenderizer
  • parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of dark chocolate (I used Nestle dark morsels this time)
  • 1 T coconut oil (any oil should work here)
  • peppermint candy or candy canes
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor or meat tenderizer and Ziploc bag, crush the peppermint candy.  IMG_3156
  2. Place the chocolate and oil into a microwave-safe bowl.IMG_3158  Heat on HIGH at 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until warm and thoroughly melted.  Be careful not to “cook” the chocolate!IMG_3159
  3. Pour chocolate onto parchment paper.  FullSizeRender
  4. Using a spatula, spread out and smooth out chocolate into one thin layer (don’t go for perfection here, just make sure it’s all thin, so it will cool fast, and will be able to break easily). IMG_3162
  5. Sprinkle crushed peppermint onto chocolate.  IMG_3163
  6. Place chocolate in freezer for about 30 minutes, until completely hardened.IMG_3164
  7. Take out of freezer, and gently snap into pieces with your hand.  I use the parchment paper as a make-shift mitten, so that I don’t get the chocolate all over my hands.  IMG_3166IMG_3167
  8. Enjoy!IMG_3170

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Bark

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • microwave safe bowl
  • spatula
  • food processor, or a Ziploc bag and meat tenderizer
  • parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of dark chocolate (I used Nestle dark morsels this time)
  • 1 T coconut oil (any oil should work here)
  • peppermint candy or candy canes
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor or meat tenderizer and Ziploc bag, crush the peppermint candy.
  2. Place the chocolate and oil into a microwave-safe bowl.  Heat on HIGH at 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until warm and thoroughly melted.  Be careful not to “cook” the chocolate!
  3. Pour chocolate onto parchment paper.
  4. Using a spatula, spread out and smooth out chocolate into one thin layer (don’t go for perfection here, just make sure it’s all thin, so it will cool fast, and will be able to break easily).
  5. Sprinkle crushed peppermint onto chocolate.
  6. Place chocolate in freezer for about 30 minutes, until completely hardened.
  7. Take out of freezer, and gently snap into pieces with your hand.  I use the parchment paper as a make-shift mitten, so that I don’t get the chocolate all over my hands.
  8. Enjoy!

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