December 22, 2009

Boring and Bold: A Tale of Two Barks

I love making peppermint bark around Christmas time. The ingredients are super cheap, it makes for a great hostess gift, and tastes delicious! A few years ago at an office holiday party, one of my co-workers brought peppermint bark and the most amazing chocolate bark ever. I asked for the recipes and to this day I still have them in their original form - printed off my work email Wed, Dec 13, 2006 at 8:39 AM.

Today I read Christopher and Tia's post showcasing a mouthwatering 7 Layer Peppermint Bark. My puny two ingredient peppermint bark pales in comparison, but it's still yummy. So here's my boring bark.

Peppermint Bark

1 pkg of white chocolate chips
1 pkg of candy canes

Melt white chocolate in microwave (in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth) or on stove.

Coarsely chop candy canes with cleaver or blender (or smash in a bag like me), then stir into white chocolate.

Cover cookie sheet with wax paper. Spread mixture on cookie sheet until 1/4 inch thick. Put cookie sheet in freezer for 1 hour.

Remove, break into pieces, and enjoy!

Holiday Peppermint Bark on Foodista

And now for the bold, exciting, scrumptious bark! This chocolate bark is far from boring.

Chocolate Bark

1 pkg of Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips
1 pkg of White Chocolate chips
10 gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies (KinniToos!)
2 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in two separate bowls in either the microwave or on the stove. Stir periodically until smooth.

Crush 5 cookies and stir into the semi-sweet chocolate.

Stir peanut butter into the white chocolate. Crush the remaining 5 cookies and add them to the white chocolate peanut butter mixture.

Cover a cookie sheet with a sheet of wax paper. Place spoonfuls of alternating chocolates in rows until the pan is covered. Using a rubber spatula or knife (or even one of the spoons), marble the chocolate. Put cookie sheet in freezer for 1 hour.

Remove, break into pieces and enjoy!


Christopher And Tia said...

ohmahgosh, that chocolate bark looks delicious. I sooo want to make it. Maybe I'll make it for Valentines Day? Chocolate is sexy, haha.

nutritioulicious said...

Betsy, those look amazing!!! Happy holidays and New Year!