Candy Cane BarkIn today’s busy world, finding a simple, quick recipe is a treat. When that recipe involves chocolate, it’s even better!
Below are several variations of one of my favorite holiday recipes. They are all easy to make and are great for impromptu get-togethers, for coffee/hot chocolate breaks with friends, or as after-dinner mints for your guests.
If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself enjoying them for a sweet snack when I’m racing out the door or wrapping gifts.
The first recipe can be found at http://www.recipezaar.com/Candy-Cane-Bark-14388
The rest are located at http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,cane_bark,FF.html
I hope you enjoy, and if you have another variation you’d like to share, please do!
Candy Cane Bark
1 (170 g) package white chocolate baking squares
2 red-and-white candy canes
Break candy canes into 2 or 3 pieces and place in a plastic bag and close top; smash with kitchen mallet to take out your frustrations and pulverize the candy.
In a small bowl, melt chocolate in microwave oven with Medium-Low power, checking every 30 seconds or so; white chocolate burns easily even in the microwave so better safe than sorry.
Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper.
Stir candy cane crumbs into melted white chocolate and stir well to combine.
Pour chocolate mixture onto wax paper, spreading thin with a spatula.
Stash cookie sheet in fridge about an hour or until it hardens.
Hold wax paper by one corner and start peeling it back, breaking off pieces of the bark; store pieces in airtight container in fridge.
HOLIDAY MARBLE BARK
One 1 lb. bag (16 oz.) chocolate chips
One 1 lb. bag (16 oz.) white chocolate chips
2 candy canes or about 20 starlite candies
Unwrap and crush the candy canes or starlite minds into very small pieces and set aside; place the bag of chocolate chips in one microwavable bowl, and the white chips in a separate bowl. Microwave each for about 2 ½ - 3 minutes, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds, until melted.
Immediately after melting chocolate, remove from microwave and add half of the crushed candies into each bowl of melted chocolate.
Spoon melted mixture onto wax paper, dropping spoonfuls of white and chocolate next to each other and then swirling to create a marbled effect. When all done dropping and swirling, place in fridge or freezer to harden.
In fridge give it a couple hours or one hour in the freezer, but watch it so it doesn't harden completely.
Break into pieces.
Alternate ideas: you could use toffee candies instead of peppermint, or chocolate-mint flavored chips - the possiblities of combinations are many!
2 (4 oz.) candy cane sticks
1 pkg. white almond bark (white chocolate)
Place candy cane sticks in a zip-lock baggy. Crush both candy cane sticks completely, getting them into as small of chunks as possible.
Melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring occasionally until smooth (do not overheat).
Combine candy and chocolate and drop onto wax paper by spoonfuls.
Makes wonderful mints for the holidays. Very easy to make!
1 bag hard candy or peppermint canes, crushed
1 lb. white chocolate or almond bark
Melt almond bark or chocolate and stir in crushed candy until covered. Let set, break into pieces and chill.