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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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58 Holidays 2018 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Peppermint Bark Making candy with family and friends could turn out to be the most delicious Christmas tradition yet! This holiday season, try your hand at peppermint bark. This is a low-stress kind of candy that is so easy to customize per your taste, includes zero wrapping and looks gorgeous. Ingredients 12 oz. white chocolate 12 oz. dark chocolate Crushed peppermint candy Supplies 9x12 lipped cookie sheet Parchment paper Saucepan and two metal or glass bowls 1. Before you get started with the chocolates, line your pan with parchment paper. This will make your life so much easier when the candy cools. 2. Grab the dark chocolate and melt it through the double boiler method. Pour the chocolates into a glass or metal bowl, and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. This allows the chocolates to melt slowly. Stir until you have a smooth consistency. 3. Next, pour the dark chocolate onto the parchment- lined pan. Allow the chocolate to spread (or help it out with a spatula) it evenly covers the surface. 4. Then, grab a second bowl and repeat the same process with the white chocolate. Your finished prod- uct will have better results if the dark chocolate is still warm when you layer the white chocolate onto it. Again, you want an even layer. 5. Before the white chocolate cools, sprinkle your crushed peppermint candies on top. 6. Let the whole pan harden in the refrigerator for at least two hours before breaking the candy into pieces. Since the goal is a bark-like form, there is no right or wrong way to do this. These candies can be stored in a bag or airtight container on the counter, unless you live in a warm or humid climate, then the refrigerator is best. Customize This candy is easy to customize. First, you can use any type of peppermint candy you want. Don't go looking for pre-crushed peppermint. Rather, purchase candy canes or peppermint drops and crush them your- self. Don't like dark chocolate? Substitute milk chocolate or forgo it altogether. This is one of the few candy recipes that require only three ingredients and no thermometer. Enjoy its simplicity and yummy taste throughout the Christmas season. – © 2018 Green Shoot Media NOV-15-2018-MAG-CL-88-Laura.indd 58 11/7/18 10:37 AM

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