The first time I made Peppermint Bark was when I was in eighth grade.  I was able to participate in an Agribusiness class where we were able to immunize and mate bunnies.  We also milked cows and planted various crops.  At the end of the course, we had a fundraiser selling a recipe book that compiled old family recipes.  This recipe book was the first recipe book I ever purchased, and I do believe it is one of the things that cemented my love of cooking. The peppermint bark recipe in a book called for green spearmint candy and red peppermint candy.  The author referenced an old country store where they were sold.  I was never able to find the red and green candy so I substituted with candy canes.  This recipe has continued to evolve over the years and I am always trying something new.  This year I decided to try adding chocolate cookies to the mix.  I really enjoyed the results.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Ingredients: 

24 oz semi sweet chocolate 


18 oz white chocolate

2 teaspoons peppermint extract 

10 oz peppermint candy processed in the processor or smashed. 

20 Oreos (optional twist 😉) smashed or processed in the processor. 

Directions 

1. Line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat. 

2. Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller or process in a processor if you prefer more of a peppermint powder. 

3. Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler or microwave at 30 second intervals until it’s slightly melted (frosting consistency) 

4. Add peppermint flavoring if you want it really pepperminty. 

5. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the white chocolate. 

7. Sprinkle the peppermint candy on top of white chocolate. 


7. Sprinkle the peppermint candy and Oreo on top of white chocolate. 

8. Place cookie sheet in fridge for 20-30 minutes or until firm. 

9. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

You can store the bark in a sealed container for as long as it last which is never more than a few day in our house.