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Chocolate Mint

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This is actually two recipes depending on what you want to do. Chocolate Mint Bark and Mint Chocolate in molds.

There is really only one small difference: the size of the mint candies.

Using peppermint candy chunks in the molded chocolate is more challenging to get into the molds.

The bark is easier to complete and if you are as clumsy as I am, putting it in molds introduces a fair amount of waste, but that waste is sort of like bark so you can get a bit of both.

I used commercial peppermint candies, more specifically leftover candy canes from Christmas.

Chocolate Mint Bark

Place waxed paper in cookie sheets and cover with a little bit of butter

12 oz white chocolate - chopped
1 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract - optional

Melt 6 oz of the chocolate in a double boiler. Take it off the heat and mix in the rest of the chocolate until melted.

Mix in candy and extract.

Pour mixture on waxed paper, spread out fairly thinly.

Let cool for a few hours and break into pieces, much like peanut brittle

Mint Chocolate

12 oz white chocolate
1/2 cup ground peppermint candy
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract - optional

Melt 6 oz of the chocolate in a double boiler. Take it off the heat and mix in the rest of the chocolate until melted.

Mix in candy and extract.

Pour mixture into silicone molds.

Let it cool for a few hours and carefully remove the pieces

I used heart and flower shaped chocolate silicone molds for the mint chocolate.

I made this for my granddaughter and her friends for Valentine’s Day, along with rocky road candy and some heart shaped suckers. The recipe for that is basically the hard candy in heart shaped sucker molds with sucker sticks, of course. I also made a mixture of sugar and citric acid for a sour coating. It is much more fun than buying premade candy and giving money to the companies that created this fake and useless “holiday”. The kids have fun with it.

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