Sleepy Hollow Peppermint Bark
photo by ChristineMcConnell
- Ready In:
- 3hrs 30mins
- 4 -5 standard bags peppermint candies
- 2 cups good quality chocolate chips
- 2 cups good quality white chocolate chips
- paint powder, in brown black and Ivory
- 3 teaspoons vodka, as liquid agent for paints
- Heat oven to 310 degrees. Space out 15-20 unwrapped candies on two parchment lined baking sheets. (Keeping two baking sheets in the oven at a time ensures you constantly have something to work with and saves your rom just sitting there twiddling your thumbs.) Allow to melt just a bit (5-7 minutes) and pull out first sheet. You're going to be stretching and twisting the candies around one another to eventually shape a tree. If you're frustrated with how they're sticking or if anything breaks, simply heat with a Brûlée torch or handheld lighter for a moment and reapply. If you accidentally burn it (which I did several times), just toss it. Definitely use the torch at the base of your candy cane trunk before applying to stand—you want as sound a structure as you can get!
- Once you have your peppermint skeleton, now's the fun part of painting on the chocolate. Melt down chocolate in a double boiler until its just in a liquid state (110 degrees on candy thermomter is ideal for chocolate). GENTLY paint chocolate onto your skeleton, doing several coats and re-heating chocolate as needed. When desired affect is achieved, hand-paint several spare peppermint candies with black stripes and adhere using any extra chocolate.
- Using fine paint brushes, paint your tree with edible paints making highlights and low lights where they seem appropriate. Clean any mess from base using a warm clean cloth. Melt down white chocolate and pour into base to create clean smooth effect.
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