I don't temper the chocolate, maybe I'll try it someday...but I just wanted a recipe I could quickly do so I could quickly get to eating it! I've melted the chocolate in the microwave and in a double boiler, both work well, but just be careful with melting the white chocolate in the microwave! I tried to with this most recent batch, in our new microwave, which is apparently hard core for a microwave, so instead of nice, smooth melted white chocolate, I got this:
Not really so appetizing. Although my husband made me save it for him. So my double boiler (pyrex bowl over simmering water) went on the stove, and thankfully I had an extra bag of white chocolate chips. Voila!
1 bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 bag white chocolate chips (Nestle or Ghiradelli have the best tasting white chocolate chips)
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (get the real stuff! Natural or Pure has the best taste)
6 - 8 candy canes
Unwrap 6 candy canes and break into small pieces in large ziploc bag.
Use the bottom of a pint glass to break the candy canes into shards and small pieces. I've tried a small food processor, but it doesn't give you the nice pieces that doing it by hand will.
Once white chocolte is melted, Add 1/4 tsp of the peppermint extract and stir well.
Mix in half of the crushed candy canes into the white chocolate
Spread the white chocolate mixture onto the dark chocolate.
Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy canes on top.
Break the bark into pieces.
This really makes a great gift for a hostess or a stocking stuffer! Grab some candy gift bags and put a pretty ribbon on it and you're good to go.