December 23, 2013

Quick & Easy White Chocolate Peppermint-Pretzel Bark {Step-by-Step}

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Marbled with dark chocolate, sprinkled with pretzel pieces and crushed candy canes, and laced with the refreshing deliciousness of pure peppermint extract, this White Chocolate Peppermint-Pretzel Bark is sure to please the peppermint lover in you.  And it's so super quick and easy, you'll be in and out of the kitchen with this Christmas treat in no time flat!




Still need a last-minute Christmas treat to snack on or give as a gift?  Well, here's one that whips up in a jiff!  Seriously, you can have a batch of this delicious White Chocolate Peppermint-Pretzel Bark done ... start to finish ... in about 25 minutes flat.  And that includes chilling time!

That's not too bad, is it?

I made this bark to include as one of the treats in my gift-giving goodie bags this year.  I love how easy it is to whip it up in big batches ... so there's plenty for gifting ... and for eating yourself, too!

And the sweet-and-salty flavor combination is just so yummy.  I never really realized until this year's Christmas season how much I like peppermint and salty together ... it's quite tasty.  Like in the White Chocolate-Peppermint Potato Chips I posted a few days back.  And in this scrumptious bark.

I was inspired to make this bark from a recent issue of Southern Living Magazine.  Their version was solely white chocolate ... but I decided I needed to do some taste testing to see if I liked different variations better.

So I made up a test pan ... with three different versions ... plain white chocolate, with mini chocolate chips, and marbled with semi-sweet chocolate.

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All were quite tasty.  But we decided we liked the marbled version best.  There's just something about two kinds of chocolate swirled together!

So, want to see how quick and easy it is to make this quick and easy White Chocolate Peppermint-Pretzel Bark?

Ok, I thought so.

Well, all you do is crush up some pretzel sticks ...

I find it easiest to put them in a zip-top bag and gently mash 'em with a meat mallet.  And I do stress gently.  Or you'll end up with a big pile of pretzel dust.  And we don't really want that.

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And then crush up some candy canes ...

I use the same 'meal mallet' technique.

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Then melt some vanilla candy coating, plop it onto some waxed paper or parchment ...

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... and spread it out thin.

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Drizzle on some stripes of melted chocolate chips ...

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... and marbelize them with a knife.  (Hey, is 'marbelize' a word? ... well, I guess I'm going to use it even if it's not.)

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Sprinkle on the pretzel pieces ...

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... and candy cane pieces, and ...

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... pop it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to set.  Once the bark is all firmed up, break it into pieces.

That's it!  Done.  Pretty quick, don't you think?

But while you wait, whip up a batch or two of this quick and easy White Chocolate Peppermint-Pretzel Bark.  You'll be in-and-out-of-the-kitchen with this delicious treat in no time flat!

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White Chocolate Peppermint-Pretzel Bark
Source:  Adapted from Southern Living Magazine Peppermint-Pretzel Bark
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz.) package vanilla candy coating (like almond bark coating, candy melts, or Candi-Quick)
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 c. coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes
  • 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Line cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with waxed paper or parchment.
  2. Melt vanilla candy coating in the microwave, per package directions (typically in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth). Stir in peppermint extract.
  3. Spread melted vanilla candy coating onto prepared pan until it's about 1/4-inch thick; don't worry about the shape ... you're going to break it into pieces later anyway! Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 45 seconds in the microwave or in a small saucepan over medium-low heat); stir until smooth. Drizzle stripes over the still-warm vanilla candy coating. To marbelize, use a sharp knife to draw lines through the vanilla candy coating perpendicular to the chocolate stripes.
  4. Sprinkle chopped pretzels and candy cane pieces evenly over the top. Gently press into the coating. Chill in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to set. Break into pieces.
Enjoy!

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