Is there anything more delicious than a huge piece of decadent chocolate, swirled together and then cut into random shapes and sizes? Nope, didn’t think so!
If you’re a chocolate loving queen like myself (or king), you know just satisfying a piece of chocolate is after you have craved it since your last piece of chocolate, oh goodness, I’m an addict! I see you agreeing with me, don’t be shy!
So when I decided to make a batch of a new flavoured chocolate bark, I nearly cried at how sensational it tasted. Dark chocolate + white chocolate + peppermint = pure chocolate heaven! Remember that Cadbury advertisement ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’? Pretty much the entire world is made of chocolate and that is I feel when I eat copious amounts of this chocolate bark, and well, any chocolate at that!
Since you’re now well aware of my chocolate addiction #proudofit. I should stop beating around the bush and let you know just what is in this utterly irresistible peppermint chocolate bark, control your excitement! Basically chocolate and peppermint, duh!
Chocolate and mint is a flavour combination of the classics, do you love it? It’s my Mum’s all time favourite flavour combo of anything and everything and I soon adopted that lifestyle too, it’s too hard to resist! So when I whipped up a batch of this peppermint bark chocolate, all I saw were arms and hands rummaging through the container of where I was putting the bark into, don’t blame them!
As you can see, I did use green food colouring (the sacrifices I make…). Sometimes I don’t practice what I preach because if you were to ask me about food colourings, I would respond with he@$ NO! Because you know, I’m trying to be the epitome of health but as long as I’m baking with chocolate, sugar and whatever else, I’m not really the epitome of health am I? No matter how “healthy” those items may be, they’re still in what I’m making and baking. So yes, I do go off the band wagon every now and then.
Anywho!! Enough about me, what do you think about me? Ha ha, I’m kidding! How about we all get off our screens and go and enjoy a batch of this dark chocolate peppermint bark? YES PLOISE!!
- 400g dark cooking chocolate, broken into squares
- 300g white cooking chocolate, broken into squares
- 2-3 Tbsp coconut oil
- ½ - 1 tsp green food colouring (optional)
- ½ - 1 tsp peppermint extract
- Line a large flat baking tray with parchment paper, set aside.
- Set up two double boilers, melt dark chocolate in one and white chocolate and coconut oil in the other, over medium heat. Stirring occasionally whilst they melt.
- Once both are completely melted, turn heat to low.
- To the white chocolate, add in green colouring (if using) and gradually add in the peppermint extract, mixing well after each addition. The extract will begin to thicken the white chocolate, if it gets too hard and thick, keep adding more coconut oil, a teaspoon at a time until a smooth, pouring consistency is reached.
- Gently pour the dark chocolate onto the centre of your prepared baking tray. With a spatula, gently spread chocolate out to desired thickness and size, approx. 4mm thick.
- Dollop lines of white chocolate entirely over the dark chocolate.
- Take a butter knife or skewer and gently swirl white chocolate through the dark chocolate.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes - 1 hour or until completely hard and set.
- Once set, cut bark into shards with a sharp knife.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Ensure you have a wide enough baking tray so you can spread your chocolate out enough.
When you add in the extract to the white chocolate, it begins to quickly thicken, you don’t want your chocolate to get seized. To prevent this, add more coconut oil in the beginning, I like to add around 2 tablespoons, if not 3, depending on how much extract you will be adding. Slowly pour in your extract and if it feels like its quickly hardening, stir through more coconut oil to thin it out.
The green food colouring is completely optional. If you can find a good natural (healthy) food colouring, that would be great!
Add more or less of the colouring and peppermint extract depending on your taste and look preference.