Peppermint Bark

Written by
Diana Dutcher
on December 2, 2020

This is not my recipe; a student shared it with me so we could make it during class. I don’t know the original source so I can’t give it proper credit but we gave it a shot and it was wonderful!

Peppermint Bark

I personally never liked peppermint bark but I OBVIOUSLY never had homemade. I think you’re going to love it.

Ingredients
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp peppermint extract or 2-3 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil
12 oz white chocolate, chopped
8 candy canes, crushed

We split into two groups to each make a half sheet so the ingredients were cut in half. This is a great kitchen math problem to solve!

Directions

  1. Unwrap candy canes and place in a ziplock bag. Lay a kitchen towel over the ziplock bag. Using a mallet, gently crush the candy canes into pieces but be careful to NOT make it into a fine powder. The kitchen towel will prevent holes in the ziplock bag.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the parchment so it fit the bottom of the pan exactly.
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, bring 2″ water to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to low, then place a large heatproof bowl on top. We used large stainless steel bowls.
  5. Add semi-sweet chocolate and stir occasionally until chocolate melts.
  6. Stir in peppermint extract or essential oil
  7. Pour onto baking sheet, using an offset spatula spread into an even layer.
  8. Refrigerate until set, 20 min
  9. Meanwhile – clean the dishes and start on the next layer
  10. Place another large heatproof bowl over the same pot of barely simmering water.
  11. Add white chocolate and stir until melted
  12. Pull the chocolate pan out of the refrigerator and pour the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate
  13. Top IMMEDIATELY with crushed candy canes
  14. Refrigerate until set, 20 minutes
  15. Remove from pan and separate from parchment on a cutting board, cut into squares and serve.

After seeing all this chocolate, it got me wondering – where does chocolate come from and how is it made? Knowing where our food comes from is a huge passion of mine and I hope these videos stimulate you to do some digging about your food as well.

It is fascinating to think that entire lives and industries are built around that tiny chocolate bar that we often take for granted.

Noal Farm cocoa pod harvest and processing

Raaka Chocolate – peek inside the chocolate factory


I learned so much new information about chocolate this week! Give me a shout if you did as well. Connect with me via email using the form below or scroll all the way to the bottom to leave a comment on this post.

Next week
The students will NOT need to being equipment. I will provide the tools we need. As of now, we plan to meet in person. I will be in touch via email if that changes.

Written By
Diana Dutcher

I am an educator and entrepreneur who is passionate about non-toxic living. I get to be with my five kiddos (8, 6-year old twins, and 3-year old twins) in the mornings and teach in the afternoons or evenings. It’s a beautiful abundant life 💖

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