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Peppermint Bark

Yield

49 pieces

Ingredients

1 package (16 ounces) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), broken into pieces
24 hard peppermint candies

Directions

Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper, aluminum foil or cooking parchment paper.

Place candy coating in microwavable safe dish. Microwave uncovered on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until almost melted. Stir until smooth.

Place peppermint candies in heavy plastic bag; crush with rolling pin or bottom of small heavy saucepan. Pour crushed candies into wire strainer. Shake strainer over melted coating until all of the tiniest candy pieces fall into the coating; reserve the larger candy pieces. Stir coating to mix evenly. Spread coating evenly on cookie sheet. Sprinkle evenly with remaining candy pieces. Let stand about 1 hour or until cool and hardened. Break into pieces.

Variations

Chocolate-Peppermint Bark: Substitute chocolate-flavored candy coating for the vanilla candy coating.

Drizzled Peppermint Bark: Heat 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or white baking chips and 1 teaspoon shortening until melted. Drizzle over Peppermint Bark before letting stand 1 hour.

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