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Dec 4, 2014

Peppermint Bark {dairy + gluten-free}

One of my favorite treats during the Christmas season has forever been peppermint bark. Rich, dark chocolate topped with creamy, sweet white chocolate, then topped with the minty coolness of peppermint. What a perfect combination. Since going dairy-free though, this sweet treat has become a thing of the past. Until now!

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I have been hearing a lot about Premium Chocolatiers for the past few years. They have an array of dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free chocolates. While searching their website, I stumbled upon dairy-free white chocolate Milkless Polar Dream White Chocolate bars. I've been researching recipes for quite some time to make my own dairy-free white chocolate, but once I found these, I decided it would save me the trouble of having to make them myself!

The products are a little bit pricey, but as most people with restricted diets know, the price is worth not only the delicious indulgence on occasion, but especially the peace of mind to know you are getting a safe treat too.

Now, if you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own peppermint bark, Premium Chocolatiers makes those too. I am sure they are amazing. Once I had purchased the white chocolate bars, I just decided it would be fun to make my own using Enjoy Life Foods dark chocolate morsels and crushed candy canes.

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Peppermint Bark {dairy gluten-free}

6-8 candy canes (make sure you get a dairy-free brand!)

Finely crush the candy canes in a food processor, or in a plastic bag using a rolling pin. Pour into a small bowl and set aside. 

Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or freezer paper (waxy side up). 

Pour the dark chocolate morsels into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate or it could burn. Pour the chocolate onto the parchment-lined pan and spread it into an even layer. Place the pan in the refrigerator to set for about 5 minutes.

Open the white chocolate bar wrappers and break the bars into pieces. Place in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until the white chocolate is melted. At this point, you could stir the candy cane pieces into the white chocolate if you prefer, or you can wait and just add them to the top. If you choose option 2, you will have to work quickly to add the peppermint before the white chocolate hardens.

Remove the pan from the refrigerator and pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate. The coolness from the dark chocolate may cause your white chocolate to set up, so you will want to work quickly on this step. Spread the white chocolate in an even layer and sprinkle the candy cane pieces over the top. Press down lightly so the candy sticks. 

Place the pan back in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Once set completely, break the chocolate into individual pieces. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They should stay set pretty well out of the refrigerator, but may melt quickly in warm temperatures. 

Bark can be stored in the freezer for a couple of weeks as well. 

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