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Holiday Peppermint Bark

I love this stuff.  It is so easy to make, and wrapped up all pretty it makes a great gift.  It is much easier and cheaper to make then buy from Harry and David, Williams-Sonoma, etc.  I prefer dark chocolate but feel free to use any kind you like; some people use only white chocolate.  Also adding a drop of peppermint extract or oil gives it a nice kick. – ts

chocolate- any kind you like; can be a bar or chips
white chocolate- any kind you like; can be a bar or chips
24 mini candy canes, crushed by hand

  1. Line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add chocolate to microwave safe bowl and microwave in increments of 30 seconds stirring the chips each time until chocolate has completed melted and mixture is smooth or melt chocolate using double bowl method.
  3. Spread melted chocolate  as evenly as possibly into lined pan, make sure that it is not too thick.
  4. Place pan into freezer for 20 minutes.  Repeat the same melting process with the white chips.   While chocolate is still smooth, stir in half of the crushed candy cane mixture.  Allow the white chocolate to slightly cool for a minute.
  5. Remove pan from freezer and spread white chocolate/crushed candy canes mixture on top of the chocolate layer.  Spread white chocolate as quickly as possible. Top off with remaining crushed candy cane and gently pat down with the back of a spatula.  Return pan to freezer for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from freezer and gently lift the whole mixture from the pan with a butter knife.  Remove parchment paper and break into pieces. Stores nicely in freezer or up to one week in refrigerator.
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Peppermint Ice Cream

Pair this with some chocolate pie and/or some warm chocolate sauce, and you have an unbeatable Southern dessert. The memory of this cool, minty deliciousness may even be enough for me to break down and buy an ice cream machine. One taste and you’ll be hooked. Trust.

1/2 can LEO peppermint sticks, crushed
1 quart half and half
1/2 pint cream

  1. Dissolve peppermint in half and half.
  2. Add cream.
  3. Freeze in ice cream machine.

If you haven’t seen this ball ice cream maker, be sure to check it out. You just add ice, rock salt, and ice cream mix and toss it around to freeze. Again, in my infinite kid-wisdom, this seems like a no-brainer for parents. Kids get entertained and you get the nummy rewards. That’s why people have kids in the first place, right?

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