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Easy Peppermint Bark

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This minty treat is a holiday hit -- break it into pieces and pack it into tins for sweet gifting.

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  • Yield: Makes 36 pieces

Source: Everyday Food, December 2005

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped (do not use chips)
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 bag (7 1/2 ounces) hard peppermint candies, unwrapped

Directions

  1. Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; line with a piece of waxed paper. Crush candies (see below).

  2. Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal.

  3. Transfer mixture to prepared pan; with a spatula, spread to edges of pan.

  4. Sprinkle with crushed candy; with a piece of waxed paper covering the entire surface, press in gently (paper prevents hands from sticking to candy and chocolate). Chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes (no longer, as candy will begin to soften).

  5. Peel waxed paper off. Break bark into 2-inch pieces.

Cook's Notes

To crush candies: Place candy in a doubled resealable plastic bag (one inside the other); seal and wrap in a kitchen towel (to prevent candy from piercing the bag). Use a rolling pin or skillet to crush candy into tiny pieces. Pass through a large sieve to separate crushed candy from fine powder. (Save powder to stir into hot chocolate or sprinkle on ice cream.)

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  • WetzelHillman
    11 DEC, 2012
    brookewb & ferlie I think you have to sign in to get recipe to be fully functional
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  • ferlie
    10 DEC, 2012
    brookewb........the print function is at the very top of the recipe.
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  • brookewb
    10 DEC, 2012
    Why isn't there a print function on these recipes anymore?
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  • Nitnole711
    6 DEC, 2011
    I love this recipe! I make it every holiday season, the cereal adds a wonderful dimension! The other day I found bagged crushed peppermints in the holiday aisle in the grocery store..you can imagine my excitement!!!
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  • dppresley
    6 DEC, 2011
    I made this for a cookie swap, and everyone loved it... at my house, I mean, before I left for the party. It was almost gone! Super easy to make and it looks pretty in a nice package! I'll be filing this one in the "keeper" box!
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  • Igby
    18 FEB, 2011
    Yummy. Fun to make. Fun to give as a gift. So easy and pretty. Makes a wonderful hostess gift. So much better than your average store bought peppermint bark. I didn't realize that I like peppermint bark but I do now!
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  • JaneFairfax
    12 DEC, 2010
    This recipe is super easy and fast to make--love the crispy rice addition! We modified it slightly and created a layer of bittersweet chocolate before adding the white chocolate to the pan. We also used ignored the warning and substituted high-quality (Ghirardelli) white and bittersweet chocolate chips--they melted perfectly and tasted delicious!
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  • JB313
    7 DEC, 2010
    I like this recipe even better than others I've found that don't include the rice cereal. I make it in both white and dark semi-sweet chocolate.
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  • MS10073381
    22 DEC, 2008
    This is also one of my family's favorites for the holidays. Really easy. The crisped rice lightens up the heavy bark nicely. Make sure to use really good white chocolate!
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  • MattysMommy
    21 DEC, 2008
    I add a milk chocolate bottom and add the cereal to that, (Like a Nestle crunch bar). While that is cooling in the fridge, I melt the white chocolate and add a 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract. Then I spread the white chocolate onto the cooled milk chocolate bottom and then sprinkle the candy pieces in the top. I have friends and family begging for it every year!
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