This is what I made last night. Gorgeous right? Yes it is- though this is not my photo. This is the stock photo from the McCormicks website for Peppermint Bark.
Back Story: I had a lot of Almond Bark (white chocolate for candy making) leftover from a different recipe. I didn't know what I would do with it. Then I remembered a recipe I had seen for Peppermint Bark.
I bought some Candy Canes the old fashioned peppermint kind for 88 cents. I broke 10 of them into tiny pieces in a baggie. Then melted about 12 ounces of the white chocolate in the micro. This took all of 3 minutes for both. Add 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract or vanilla extract. Either is fine.
Then mix in 1/3 of the candy cane bits into the chocolate.
Pour this out onto a wax paper or saran wrap lined cookie sheet. Drop red food coloring in about 5 places and with a knife swirl it around. Then top with the rest of the candy cane bits.
Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to harden.
Take it out and break into pieces.
This makes a delightfully simple candy, that is both lovely and festive. Perfect for any holiday gathering. It literally takes less than 30 minutes start to finish. Unless you have issues getting the wrapping off of the candy canes-then it might take just a little longer!