Every year I like to give our close neighbours something festive and sweet along with their Christmas cards. We’re lucky that we have such good friends living so close, and a number of them have helped us out innumerable times. Lovely Alan next door brings our bin in every week of the year.
And I like to vary this mini treat to prevent any boredom, both for them and me! One thing I have seen appearing more in the UK this year is peppermint bark, a combination of chocolate and candy canes. Given that we had more than a few hanging unloved on the tree and that I had very little time to prepare anything, I opted for some straightforward melting, crushing and crumbling.
I always prefer to use what you have in front of you if possible, and I was looking at about a quarter of the quantity of white chocolate compared to dark. So it would have to be mainly dark choc with some simple white swirls.
Having recently used my Lakeland gingerbread moulds, I realised that their wall moulds would be perfect peppermint bark bar size, and so filled each (supported underneath by a baking sheet) with the melted dark chocolate – about 300g. Then, before it cooled, I melted and drizzled over the white chocolate, swirling it around with a cocktail stick to make it a little more artistic – a very fun process!
A bit of a walloping with the rolling pin and the candy canes were ready for sprinkling on top before the whole thing went into the fridge.
The mould had worked a treat, and each bar was unbelievably easy to remove. They would have worked as whole bars for bigger gifts but I got busy with the rolling pin again to turn each into shards for each of the neighbours’ individual boxes – which of course meant that the Other Half and I got to have a little sample, just to be sure, you understand 🙂
I can’t speak for the neighbours, but we loved it. It was very hard to have to give it all away!