One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is make candy. I make a variety of things, but the easiest candy I make is peppermint bark. Now that Christmas is over, I thought I’d share the recipe with you. It’s a great way to use up leftover candy canes.
Almond Bark or Melting Wafers – One Package or as much as you like (You can use chocolate or vanilla)
Candy Canes – As many as you’d like (I used 6 in this batch)
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or aluminum foil. Place almond bark in a microwavable dish deep enough to give you enough room to stir. I usually use a 2-quart Pyrex bowl. Microwave uncovered on High in 30 second bursts, stirring between each burst. You shouldn’t need to microwave it for more than two or three minutes. You want your bark melted, not boiling. Stir it until it’s smooth and silky.
While you’re melting your almond bark, unwrap your candy canes and put them in a large zipper bag. Beat the heck out of them with a meat hammer or rolling pin until they are crushed to the consistency you like.
Once the bark is melted and smooth, stir in your crushed candy canes and gently spread onto the wax paper. Use a spoon or spatula to spread the mixture around until your candy is the thickness you’d like, usually ¼ inch or so.
As with most of my recipes, this one is highly customizable. You can add a couple drops of peppermint extract for a stronger flavor or swirl in some red food coloring before you spread it on the wax paper.
Let the candy stand until it has dried and hardened. Then break the bark into pieces of various sizes. Store the candy in a container with a snug fitting lid.
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe. It has always been one of my favorites.
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