Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

I (Becca) love the combination of dark chocolate & mint, and was inspired by the peppermint bark recipes I've seen popping up online, although they normally use almond bark instead of 'real' chocolate.  So when I saw the Nestle Dark Chocolate & Mint 'Special Edition' bag at the store, I knew that would be perfect.  About half of the chips are mint flavored dark chocolate, and the other half are a mint flavored almond bark type white chocolate, and they're both super yummy!  And no, they didn't pay me to say this!  This was a great recipe to get the kids involved in; after washing their hands well, they separated the chips for me, and opened & crushed the mini candy canes, so it only took about 5 minutes total to assemble.  Perfect for a last minute Christmas treat!  Be sure and watch after Christmas sales in a couple of days also, the 'special edition' bag has snowflakes all over it and was on a Christmas display at my local Target, so I'm thinking they're likely to be discounted after the holidays.  Put them in the freezer, and you're ready to go for next year's bark.  Or leave off the peppermints, and have a great green St. Patrick's Day treat! 

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

2 bags (10 oz. each) Nestle Dark Chocolate & Mint Chips
Candy canes or peppermints to equal approximately 1 cup gently crushed

Separate Green and Brown chips into separate microwaveable bowls.  Prepare a 9x13 dish by lining it with wax paper. 

Microwave chocolate chips for 30 seconds, stir, and then 15 second intervals until melted.  Be sure to stir in between each one, as the chips may keep their shape before stirred.

Spread onto prepared (wax paper lined) 9x13 pan. 

Repeat microwaving with green mint chips, gently spreading on top of chocolate chips when melted.

Top with crushed peppermints, and gently pat with a spatula to 'set' the mints.

Place pan in freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden; break into pieces and enjoy!

*I would do slightly larger than bite size pieces, as the bark is very rich tasting!!

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