The Valentine Solution
With Christmas fading to happy memories and the decorations carefully stowed away for next year, you turn to the next seasonal event . . . Valentine’s Day! After the chocolate orgy that surrounds the Christmas season, what can you make that is new and delicious? And another question, are those left over candy canes still sitting on the coffee table?! We have the answer to both your predicaments: goodbye candy canes; hello Peppermint Bark!
Sweetheart Peppermint Bark
* Crushed candy canes, to yield approximately 1 cup
* 2 pounds Baker's White Chocolate
* Peppermint flavoring, optional
Place candy canes in a strong plastic bag and hammer or rolling pin it into tiny bits 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane bits with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired). Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle).
• White chocolate may burn quicker than traditional chocolate. If using the microwave, keep the heat setting lower than normal and stir frequently.
• Many stores have boxes of Christmas candy canes on sale.
• If your cookie sheet has sides, you can grease it lightly and omit the parchment or waxed paper.