it’s beginning to taste a lot like christmas
I need to talk to you.
Guys, in case you didn’t know, big things are happening around here.
It’s officially Christmas time. Lights are being hung, the halls are being decked, trees are being purchased, and Rebecca Black is releasing new singles. It’s not even a Christmas single, but you’ll probably still enjoy it, maybe with a little guilt on the side. No worries, we all have our guilty pleasures… mine just happens to be young tweens who sing of carnival romances and thirteen-year-old skater boys. If you prefer holiday jingles to pop icons who’ll probably go to rehab within the next few years, I hear the Bieber’s new Christmas album is sure to rock your socks off. If you feel compelled to scream with childish, girly excitement… go on, get it out of your system. I hope to find his plastic-covered face in my stocking this year. Or this… thing… idea… thing? Why? Just because.
I need to talk to you about the holidays, about the parties, about the advent calendar chocolates, about Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, and Frank Sinatra. I need to talk to you about these itty-bitty pieces of peppermint-sprinkled chocolate. About how it makes up for the cold-sleety-snowy-rainy-wintery mix. About how it makes everything all better.
It’s a big week. With finals and all right around the corner, it’s time to whip out the sugar and cups of coffee for all those all-nighters. This week needs to start off right. So I’ll be having this for breakfast every day… TOTALLY AWESOME.
Don’t look at me like that. I’m in college… I do what I want when I want. True story. It’s real life… no one can tell me what to do. Get used to it, Mom and Dad.
I love youuuuuuuu.
I love this. I really like what’s going on here. Isn’t she a beauty? Big honkin’ flakes of swirly, twirly bits of peppermint and chocolate. By far my faaaaaaaaaavorite holiday treat. You can give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. Really, I don’t care what you do… just make this asap.
Whoever said chocolate couldn’t buy you friends never made this.
There’s a reason why sweatpants are considered the “it” wardrobe choice during Christmas. Just sayin’.
Oh, I think you dropped your jaw somewhere. Alarmed that you don’t know where it went?… don’t worry, luckily I found it. It was hiding over in the corner near this tray of peppermint bark.
White & Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
7 oz (200g) dark chocolate.
7 oz (200g) white chocolate.
About 3/4 cup (3o pieces) peppermint candies, crushed.
(makes about 25 pieces)
Place wax paper on a large sheet pan and set aside on counter top. Bring a pot filled about halfway to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and place a glass bowl on top. Place dark chocolate in the bowl and melt, stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes very smooth. Remove chocolate from the heat and pour onto the prepared wax paper. Spread evenly and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set.
While the first layer sets, bring the same pot of water to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Place the white chocolate pieces in the glass bowl and set on top of the pot to heat. Stir until completely melted and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, place the peppermint candies in a food processor and pulse 5-10 times or until broken into tiny pieces. Set aside.
Remove dark chocolate from the refrigerator. Pour cooled white chocolate over top and smooth out with a spatula. Sprinkle with peppermint candy pieces, gently pressing them into chocolate so they stick. Place the sheet back in the fridge to harden for another 20 minutes. Break apart and serve.