Merry Christmas lovelies!
I wanted to do something fun with my siblings for Christmas Eve so I decided to venture on my first candy/chocolate creation: peppermint bark. I love peppermint chocolate so I couldn't be more excited when I found out this was one of the simplest candy recipes ever.
a couple things:
12oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
12oz white chocolate chips
10 candy canes
First line a baking pan with a non-stick sheet or parchment. This is where your candy will take hold. In a microwavable bowl, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in microwave at 20 second intervals. After each interval, stir with a spoon or rubber spatula (or with a rice scoop like me >_<). You MUST heat only in these short time intervals because chocolate is a very delicate ingredient that can burn quickly, so it must be heated in this controlled procedure. It took about total of 60 seconds to melt all of the chocolate smoothly. Pour the semi-sweet chocolate into the pan and smooth it out flat with your spatula. Now let this layer cool off in the refrigerator for a good 30-40 minutes. At this time, put your candy canes inside of a ziploc bag and hammer the crap out of them to lil pieces. My brother had a lot of fun with that :)
Next repeat the melting process with your white chocolate chips and pour it on top of the cooled semi-sweet chocolate layer. Now sprinkle the peppermint pieces on top of the white chocolate and gently push them in. You can also mix the peppermint with the melted white chocolate first, but I found this made the white chocolate harden up, so it wasn't that easy to spread when pouring out onto the pan. Now cool for another 40-60 minutes. Enjoy!!
TIPS and NOTES
1. This was the first time I dealt with melting chocolate so I first read that using a double boiler is the way to go to make it perfect. I tried this and wow this process was very long and tedious. Plus I didn't read before hand that when melting chocolate comes in contact with any one drop of water, it seizes up instantly and thus makes it unmeltable. So in my double boiler, I had put the boiling water too high and there was so much condensation that it dripped into my bowl of chocolate. Wasted. But apparently this method is what true professionals use to make perfectly smooth chocolate.
2. I said screw it and used a microwave. Like I said before, chocolate burns easily, so you really want to control the heating process and I found the 20-sec interval process flawless. I didn't change the power settings at all. Remember to always use a completely dry spoon or spatula when mixing your chocolate. Plus this method was SUPER quick and easy, just the way I like it to be :) The chocolate turned out to be smooth too, so I really did not see a noticeable difference or lack in quality.