Merry Christmas, y’all! I hope that in the midst of all the shopping, parties, baking, wrapping, and general hustle ‘n’ bustle of the season, you’ve been able to take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. I am in awe that we have a Savior willing to sacrifice His heavenly throne room for a filthy manger. Jesus suspended His ultimate, limitless power for the total vulnerability and weakness of an infant. Our God is amazing.
Christmas is also a time for families and togetherness. I’ve been baking up a storm as we attend church parties and family parties. It can be tough to come up with a variety of tasty treats for so many get-togethers. That’s why I was glad to have #Yahoo!DIY provide some inspiration. They don’t just have recipes. They also have ideas and tips for crafts and entertaining, which is so helpful during the holidays! This Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark is so festive and is great for those holiday parties! Because you have to chill the layers, you do have to plan ahead to put it together, but it’s actually pretty easy!
Smoothing out the melted bittersweet chocolate…I just love how melted chocolate looks so silky and delicious.
Then sprinkle some crushed peppermint for a little crunch, and throw it in the fridge to chill.
The next layer is semi-sweet chocolate, with some heavy cream and peppermint oil. I was a little nervous that I had done something wrong because, as you can see, the chocolate is thicker and not as silky. It was more like the consistency of frosting instead of melted chocolate. It turned out great though, so I guess it was fine! If yours looks like mine, don’t worry!
After the second layer has chilled, the last layer of melted white chocolate is poured on top. Then immediately sprinkle the remaining crushed peppermint. Then you just have to chill it one more time before it’s ready to cut!
Doesn’t that look delicious!? I really like that this has three different kinds of chocolate. It’s great for a chocolate lover like me. This is a dessert that looks like it took a ton of effort but really doesn’t. Isn’t that the best kind? I hope you enjoy this treat and have a wonderful Christmas with lots of love and laughter!
- 1 cup peppermint candies, coarsely crushed
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% to 70%), finely chopped
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 tablespoons heavy cream
- 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 8 ounces high-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
- On a piece of parchment or wax paper, measure out a 9x13 inch rectangle.
- Place the bittersweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl, and microwave in 20 second bursts, stirring between each one until melted and smooth.
- Pour the chocolate onto the prepared rectangle. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate to fill the rectangle. Sprinkle with half the crushed peppermints, and then chill until set, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the semi-sweet chocolate, cream, and peppermint extract in a bowl. Melt this mixture the same as the first. Once smooth and melted, cool the chocolate until lukewarm, about 5 minutes. Pour this semi-sweet chocolate mixture over the first chocolate rectangle, and spread in an even layer. Chill until very cold and firm, about 40 minutes.
- Finally, it’s time for the white chocolate layer. Melt the chocolate the same way as the first two. Pour the white chocolate over the firm semi-sweet layer, and use a spatula to spread it over evenly. Immediately sprinkle with the remaining crushed peppermints, then chill just until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Move the parchment to a cutting board to slice into squares.
- Put the bark in an airtight container, with parchment paper between layers of bark to prevent them from sticking to one another. Store the chocolate bark in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. The bark will last at least 2 weeks.