I wanted peppermint chocolate bark last week. The only trouble is, it's seasonal. The ones I had seen in the store were long gone and I wasn't going to wait a whole year to satisfy my craving. And that's when I realized we had everything to make peppermint chocolate bark in the cabinet. So I decided to make it.
And while I was, I realized what a simple, perfect, and delicious wedding favor this would make. Edible favors are the best. But an edible favor that your guests can only buy seasonally, well, that's even better.
My recipe fit perfectly in an 8x8 pan and made a thick bark. It's a solid half inch thick. I liked it that way, but Pete would have preferred it a little thinner. If you like a thinner chocolate bark, just use half of these ingredients per batch.
DIY Peppermint Chocolate Bark Favors
What You'll Need:
- 2 cups (1 12oz. bag) white chocolate chips
- 1 cup (1/2 12oz. bag) milk or dark chocolate chips
- Six mini candy canes (peppermint flavored) OR Wilton Peppermint Crunch Sprinkles
What You'll Do:
Break up the candy canes. The easiest way I've found is to put the candy cane pieces in a plastic bag, then smash with a rolling pin. Smash, like a hammer, then roll like a rolling pin. Over and over. It's a great way to get out any wedding planning frustration that you might have pent up.
You'll want them to be a little hearty and not completely pulverized into a powder. Put those off to the side for now.
If you want to completely skip this step, you can purchase Wilton Peppermint Crunch Sprinkles. My mom and I actually stumbled across them after this project was already done, so I wasn't able to use them. But I will definitely use them next time because that's a time saver for sure.
Microwave your milk chips (in a microwave-safe bowl!) until they are smooth. I put mine in for a minute on high, then stirred until it was creamy. Microwave power varies, so you'll want to check yours after 30 seconds or so. You don't want to burn the chocolate. No one wants to eat that.
Pour the chocolate into a foil-lined 8x8 baking pan. You can smooth it around with the back of a spoon to make sure it's even all around. But don't worry about how the top looks. No one will ever see it.
Put it in the fridge to chill, at least ten minutes, until the chocolate is pretty solid.
When that's ready, microwave the white chocolate and stir until it's smooth. Fold in the candy cane chunks (which is a fancy way of saying, "Pour them in and stir.").
Pour the white chocolate/candy cane mixture on top the milk chocolate.
Put it back in the fridge. This time, patience is a virtue you should at least try to have. You want to let these chill at least an hour. Because, if you're impatient ...
... you'll try to cut these into squares and the white chocolate will have melted the milk chocolate, and it will not have had time to harden again.
Once this is ready, cut it into squares. I did two-inch squares, so you end up with 16 per batch. If you reduce them just a little bit and go with 1.5-inch(ish) squares, you'll get 25 per batch. I wouldn't make them any smaller than that, personally. Sure, one-inch squares will get you 32 per batch, but those are just too tiny in my opinion.
You can tie three up with bakers twine and set these out on paper doilies on each place setting, if it's indoors and air conditioned. But, to save your sanity, you're probably better off stacking them in small plastic treat bags and tying them at the top with the twine. You can include a small thank you tag with them too.
BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make these peppermint chocolate bark favors?
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