Grinch Peppermint Bark

by elyn_ryn

Two peppermint truffle candies provided the inspiration for this who-licious peppermint bark.  A year after entering my favorite truffle candy store, I found a sample truffle in my coat pocket.  It was dark chocolate, peppermint, and chocolate cookie.  I was reluctant to try it, just as I had been the day the sales clerk handed out samples for all the customers to try.  I had been disappointed that he wasn’t handing out white chocolate and peppermint truffles. But a year later I decided to try this new-to-me truffle.

I wasn’t expecting this new truffle to be such a perfect little combination of crunch and flavor. The smooth dark chocolate peppermint candy with the unexpected cookie crunch inside was satisfying. I seemed to like this new chocolate truffle as well as the classic white chocolate and peppermint truffle.  And that is how this recipe came to be.  But the green color…well that is another story. 

I am a fan of anything Grinch.  It is not so much the grumpy, grouchiness of the Grinch himself, but the imaginative world of Whoville and the fact that the Grinch is green! This recipe depends on food coloring for its green color; however, you can skip the green and leave the top layer white.  Either way, this bark has lots of crunchy candy and cookies in every bite!

Click here to see a tablescape in Whoville style!

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Grinch Peppermint Candy
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Ingredients for White Chocolate Layer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Ingredients for White Chocolate Layer
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Instructions
Directions for Dark Chocolate Layer
  1. On a cookie sheet, place a sheet of parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the semi-sweet chocolate and 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a microwavable bowl. Heat on high for 30-second intervals. Stir after each interval until the chocolate is melted. Chocolate usually melts within 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Once melted, add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and the crushed cookies and stir. Pour chocolate mixture onto the parchment paper and spread out into a thin rectangular layer. Let cool in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
Directions for White Chocolate Layer
  1. Place the white chocolate chips in a clean microwavable bowl. Add the cooking oil. Heat on high for 30-second intervals in the microwave. Stir after each interval until the chocolate is melted. Add several drops of green food coloring gel and 1 or 2 drops of yellow gel. Add coloring and stir well until the desired color is achieved.
  2. When the chocolate is melted and any food coloring mixed in, add the peppermint extract and 2 tablespoons of finely crushed peppermint. Stir. Pour over the chilled dark chocolate layer and spread thin to cover all the dark chocolate. You will have to work quickly because the chilled dark chocolate will cool the white chocolate quickly.
  3. Add any peppermint chips for garnish on top of the white chocolate layer. Lightly press with the bottom of a greased glass to set the top peppermint. Chill for 30 minutes or until hardened. Then break into small pieces. To make rectangle shapes, score pieces with a large knife and then press down hard on the scores to cut through the candy.
Recipe Notes

You can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate if you prefer that method over a microwave oven. If using a double boiler, add chocolate and vegetable oil for melting.  Remove from heat before adding the other ingredients.

Food coloring is optional.  If omitted, this candy will taste the same with or without the coloring.

This recipe makes about 25 2x3 squares.

 

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