In all of my holiday themed posts so far this year, how could I have possibly managed to overlook one of my favorite quintessential holiday-themed food items: peppermint!
I love peppermint because it usually involves sweets, specifically chocolate. And after making this bark, it might officially be my new favorite holiday snack.
The peppermint is totally optional (if you leave it out, you’re crazy) but I love the zing of it throughout each piece. I melted down semi-sweet chocolate as the bark layer which turned out to be the perfect combination of rich and sweet. Mixed in with peppermint marshmallows and crunchy graham crackers and it’s like a campfire in a piece of chocolate.
One of my favorite things to do during the winter time is to have a campfire on the beach roasting s’mores. I actually love the process of roasting s’mores much more than I actually enjoy eating s’mores.
For some reason the gooey mallow, hot chocolate lava, crunchy cracker experience fills me up in about two bites. But add some peanut butter in there and I might be able to eat an entire one, or three.
You know, now that I think about it, you can tell a lot by how someone cooks their marshmallow.
I’m currently powering through my last two weeks of this school semester, feeling the pain as I trudge through my finals and hope that there’s a light at the end of the deep dark tunnel.
And then I have a whole entire month to kick back and relax. And guess what I want to do most? Nerdy old me can’t wait to pick up a new book and waste the day away in a world other than my own.
I started reading Anna Karenina about six months ago and absolutely loved it, but had to put it on the back burner once school started up. My goal is to finish it over winter break.
I can’t wait!
My family is heading back out to winter wonderland this year… Telluride. Two weeks of snow filled bliss. I can’t wait to get my snowboard back on and have some fun racing my sister down the mountain.
I know I’ll be making this bark for friends out in Telluride as it’s the best food gift. It’s quick and easy to make, and you just messily break it up, throw it in a parchment paper lined tin, and call it a day. It’s great as a snack in the mountains too because the cold weather will keep the chocolate from melting.
Mmm, I think the mountains are calling my name. And this chocolate bark.
- 12-ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 2 graham crackers, broken into pieces
- 4 mini candy canes, lightly crushed
- ¼ cup peppermint marshmallows
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat (or do what I do, which is to bring a small pot of shallow water to a boil, then place a glass bowl on top, and say hello to a cheap double boiler).
- On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, pour the melted chocolate and spread it into a square shape.
- Add the toppings.
- Place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- When the chocolate has hardened, remove from the fridge and slice the bark into messy pieces.
- Keep in the refrigerator or at a cool room temperature so the chocolate doesn't melt.
I need to get my campfire song repertoire together ASAP.