Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Who needs to spend large amounts of money for overpriced department store peppermint bark?  Especially when it only takes about an hour to make.  This was the simplest bark I have ever made.  I definitely will be adding this to my list to make each year.  Best of all it was only about $5.00 for this bark when a small tin would have cost me upwards of $20.00 at a specialty store.  Now I know what my friends are getting for presents this year!!

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  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 peppermint candy canes
1. Unwrap the candy canes and place them in a food processor. Pulse on/off several times for 5-10 seconds each, until the canes have been crushed into small pieces. Alternately, place the candy canes in a large Ziploc bag and seal tightly. Use a rolling pin to roll/smash the candy canes until they are the size you desire.
2. Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with smooth aluminum foil.
3. Melt the dark chocolate. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared cookie sheet and use an offset spatula or knife to spread it to an even thickness, a little more than 1/8" thick. The chocolate does not have to reach all sides of the sheet, as it will be broken up later anyhow. Place the tray in the refrigerator to firm up while you prepare the white chocolate.
4. While the dark chocolate hardens, melt the white chocolate. Stir in most of the candy cane bits, reserving about a quarter of the mixture to put on top.
5. Remove the tray from the refrigerator and spread the white chocolate in an even layer over the dark chocolate.
6. While the white chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces over the entire surface evenly. Press down very slightly to ensure they stick. Place the tray back in the refrigerator to firm up for 30 minutes.
7. Once the peppermint bark bark is completely set, break into small, uneven pieces by hand.

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