You will need:
2 bags of white chocolate morsels
12 regular sized candy canes
1-2 drops of Peppermint extract (optional)
To start, place your white chocolate chips in a double boiler. If you don't have one, no problem. You can melt your chocolate in the microwave or use a makeshift double boiler by placing a glass or metal bowl in a pan with a very small amount of water. Turn the heat on VERY low and babysit that chocolate until melted.
Unwrap your candy canes and admire their beauty. And magic. And whimsy. Place the candy canes in a big ziplock bag and gently crush. You can use a rolling pin or a big metal spoon.
Place the crushed candy canes in a small bowl. Set aside a small amount of the crushed candy canes to sprinkle on the top.
Stir most of the candy canes into the melted chocolate (and peppermint extract if you are using). Have a lined baking sheet nearby. I prefer to use a silpat or nonstick baking mat to line my pan, but you can also use wax paper.
Pour the mixture onto the lined pan and spread using an offset spatula. Once spread to desired thickness, sprinkle the reserved crushed candy canes over the top.
Place in fridge for 30 minutes or until completely set. Once set, break in pieces as big or as small as you would like. Try not to eat the entire pan yourself. Invite a friend so you don't feel guilty eating the wonderful gift you were making for your mailman. Accountability is always good :) Place bark in a jar, tin or bag. It looks lovely in a clear jar. I got these jars at the Christmas Tree Shop for $1.69. Don't you just love a bargain?
Tie a festive ribbon around the jar with a tag to make an easy, affordable and fun gift to give this Christmas.
Give this gift as soon as possible or you will find yourself sneaking pieces out one by one, hoping it isn't noticeable. It isn't until you get to the fourth piece. Trust me.
Photo credit goes to Travis Victor Sharkey. Check out his amazing work here.