Chocolate Bark, two ways


Peppermint chocolate bark is one of the best things about december.  To me, it is the great holiday candy.  I can only eat it in december.  It's one of the easiest candies to make and is a sweet, festive gift.  Use the best chocolates you can get and skip chocolate chips and go for bar or discs.  (Cinnamon oil seems to be almost impossible to find.  I looked all over nyc and finally ordered it from )  Cinnamon candy canes can also be a challenge to find.  Wholefoods had large fancy ones.  I used 2 of these.  I crushed the candy canes by first breaking them up and placing them in a bowl and tapping/crushing them with the bottom of an ice cream scoop.   

White Peppermint Bark                                                      Dark Cinnamon Bark

1 lb white chocolate                                                             1 lb dark chocolate (i like 72%)

1 teaspoon peppermint extract                                          1 teaspoon cinnamon extract

6 peppermint candy canes, crushed                                6 cinnamon candy canes, crushed

For either recipe:   In a metal bowl or pot set over a larger pot of simmering water (double boiler style) melt the chocolate.  Add flavoring and crushed candy canes.  Reserve a handful if you want to sprinkle any one the top of the bark, which looks nice.  Pour mixture into a parchment lined 12"x 9" pan.  (Any size can be used, smaller pan for thicker bark...)  Transfer pan to fridge and let set, about 30 minutes.  Remove from fridge and break into pieces.