I love love love making homemade candy at Christmas. It's a family tradition we have been doing for years. It is so easy to make and it's a wonderful treat to gift to family and friends. I think by far the easiest type of homemade candy to make is peppermint bark.
You simply crush peppermint candy and sprinkle it over melted chocolate. Let it harden and cut or break it up. So easy and delicious!
Layer white chocolate over dark chocolate for a pretty layered look.
White chocolate or almond bark (Make sure to use melting chocolate for candy making)*
Dark or milk chocolate (also make sure to use melting chocolate for candy making)*
1. Crush peppermint candy. I put candy in a ziploc bag, wrap it in a thin cotton towel (I think the towel helps keep the peppermint powder mess to a minimum.), place it on a cutting board and crush with an iron skillet. You could also use a hammer to do this or use a food processor.
2. Melt chocolate. Melt in a double boiler or in the microwave in short increments (stirring in-between) There are often melting directions on the package.
3. Spread melted chocolate on a wax paper lined cutting board or cookie sheet. If layering white and dark chocolate, you can put the bottom layer in the fridge or freezer to harden quicker in between layers.
4. Spread the top layer of chocolate over the bottom layer then sprinkle crushed peppermint on top while still melted. You can speed hardening in the fridge or freezer if you like.
5. Once set, cut or break apart into pieces.
*My favorite chocolate for candy making is Ghirardelli pictured below. You can also buy it at Big Lots, Kroger, and Walmart for $3.75 to $4.99 a bag. It is the best quality I have found for candy making. My second favorite is Wilton. You want to use good chocolate for candy making when making layered peppermint bark or the chocolate layers can have trouble sticking together. I would not suggest chocolate chips for this.
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