Grown-Up Peppermint Bark with Sambuca for #SundaySupper

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01 Nov Grown-Up Peppermint Bark with Sambuca for #SundaySupper

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Do you have a thing for peppermint bark? I know I do ever since I discovered it (as an adult!) –because I never had it as a kid. It was not on the “hot” list of holiday candies or treats back when I was young, but today, it’s nearly “chic” to serve it along with a coffee at the end of a holiday meal or social engagement. It’s pure and it’s simple, which is probably why I like making it so much! Unless you let the chocolate seize up, (which in my case, happened on my first run this time,) it’s a relatively easy and fast candy to create. 

This week #SundaySupper is all about Easy Holiday Entertaining and what could be simpler than melting some chocolate, spreading it on a cookie sheet and topping it with broken pieces of peppermint candy? Not much, that’s for sure! I encourage you to come along today as we journey through our favorite “EASY” entertaining recipes for the holidays and see for yourself how easy life can be when you have a few tricks up your sleeve! I’m honored to be co-hosting today’s event with my friend, Michelle De La Cerda-Nash of The Complete Savorist, and if you’ve never visited her blog, I encourage you to check it out! It’s awesome!

The lineup is incredible today! Included on today’s menu are lovely holiday beverages, super easy appetizers, simple but elegant mains, savvy sides, and yummy desserts! There is literally something here for an entire party planning convention! We aim to please! Let’s get to it and take a peek at what’s on the party menu…

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Here’s how to make my simple but impressive holiday bark.

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Ingredients
Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup

16 oz dark chocolate
16 oz white chocolate

2 t Sambuca

1/2 t creme de menthe syrup

¼ t cayenne pepper
Fast. Easy. Delicious. Made in 30 minutes or less

Instructions
Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller.

Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. Or melt in the microwave for intervals of 3 at 30 sec each, stirring every time, and 1 at 20 sec. Add Sambuca, whisk,  and pour dark mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until firm.

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Melt white chocolate, (but be careful and go with less time in the microwave as the white will seize up easily,) and combine candy cane chunks with white chocolate (creme de menthe and cayenne pepper at this point if desired.)

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If you do experience it seizing, add 1 t of Crisco at a time and whisk to smooth.

Pour white chocolate mixture over the dark and spread to edges of the dark. Chill for 30 minutes.

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Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

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Grownup Peppermint Bark with Sambuca for #SundaySupper
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Recipe type: Candy - holiday
Cuisine: Peppermint Bark
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Serves: 30 pieces
 
This easy double chocolate peppermint bark is made in no time with a touch of Sambuca, creme de menthe syrup and cayenne.
Ingredients
  • crushed candy canes (about 1 c)
  • 16 oz dark chocolate
  • 16 oz white chocolate
  • 2 t Sambuca
  • ½ t creme de menthe syrup
  • ¼ t cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into ¼-inch chunks or smaller.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. Or melt in the microwave for intervals of 3 at 30 sec each, stirring every time, and 1 at 20 sec. Add Sambuca, whisk, and pour dark mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until firm.
  3. Melt white chocolate, (but be careful and go with less time in the microwave as the white will seize up easily,) and combine candy cane chunks with white chocolate (creme de menthe and cayenne pepper at this point if desired.)
  4. If you do experience it seizing, add 1 t of Crisco at a time and whisk to smooth.
  5. Pour white chocolate mixture over the dark and spread to edges of the dark. Chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

 

Recipe inspired by Paula Deen.

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11 Comments
  • Tammi @Momma's Meals
    Posted at 08:27h, 01 November Reply

    I have yet to make a chocolate bark, I MUST try your recipe for this holiday season! Thank you for co-hosting this week!

    • Valerie Cathell Clark
      Posted at 14:32h, 01 November Reply

      Hi Tammi — this is really yummy and hard to resist! I had to remove mine from my vision!! LOL! Let me know if you make it! Tip: get really good chocolate and melt in a double boiler if you’ve not played with melting in the microwave. My first try seized and I had to correct. 🙂 It’s been a great pleasure co-hosting and getting to know Michelle! She’s a sweetheart!!

  • T.R.
    Posted at 08:45h, 01 November Reply

    I’ve tried making bark once before, your’s looks beautiful and delicious!

    • Valerie Cathell Clark
      Posted at 14:30h, 01 November Reply

      It’s easy if you have good product! And you really need to know what you’re doing if melting chocolate in the microwave rather than the double boiler. Now I know!! 😉

  • Sue Lau
    Posted at 16:17h, 01 November Reply

    Gorgeous and festive!

  • Liz
    Posted at 21:01h, 01 November Reply

    Thanks so much for hosting this week! I make peppermint bark every year, but I need to make your double decker version!

  • Cindys Recipes and Writings
    Posted at 05:43h, 02 November Reply

    So festive! I want to try your flavor combo. Thanks for hosting!

  • Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    Posted at 07:38h, 02 November Reply

    This looks incredible and is the perfect ending to a meal. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting this week.

  • Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)
    Posted at 22:09h, 03 December Reply

    I have been craving this! ‘Tis the season!

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