Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Peppermint Bark with a Little Somethin' Somethin'

{I just asked kiddo if a "little somethin' somethin'" was an expression. His response..."maybe for people your age." Someone is getting coal in his stocking.}
Anyhoo....this might not be the prettiest Peppermint Bark in the world.  (My friend Cheryl makes the prettiest peppermint bark.)  I think it's one of the yummiest, though.
It has a secret ingredient.....RICE KRISPIES!


Peppermint Bark with a Little Somethin' Somethin'

1 pkg. Starlight Mints (peppermint candies)
16 oz. bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate, chopped
2 c. Rice Krispies
16 oz. white chocolate, chopped

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Crush the peppermint candies.
{Those little suckers are HARD...I used a hammer.}
Place the crushed peppermints in a fine sieve over a bowl and shake out all of the fine powder, leaving only the chunks.  (You can stir that powder into hot chocolate.)  Set aside.
In a bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the bittersweet chocolate.  I like this Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate...it's in the baking aisle.
Once melted, gently stir in the rice krispies.

Pour onto the prepared pan and spread with an offset spatula.
Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.  Pour over the bittersweet chocolate.  Sprinkle on the peppermint chunks.
Refrigerate 30 minutes until set.   Break into pieces.  Take to the neighbors. :)
{PS....if you are shipping cookies with week, but sure to check the vlog post at University of Cookie on packing and shipping cookies.}
What are YOU baking this week?

68 comments:

  1. I love that there's rice crispies in it! Kind of like a holiday Nestle's Crunch :)

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  2. Bridget, YUM! To make you feel better, my 3 year old Holly asks me for a little somethin' somethin' when she's hungry. :)

    I’m sugared out but still have cookie exchanges this week. So, I’ve looking for some cookie inspiration. So, I’ve got a cookie linky up on my blog, I’d love it if you would come add links to some of your fabulous cookies so my readers can all try them out! http://www.gourmetmomonthego.com/2010/12/12-days-of-christmas-cookies.html

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  3. Now Bridget, Rice Krispies are an INSPIRED choice. I just made bark yesterday with oreos, pretzels, candy canes, sprinkles, and white chocolate. Super delish, but now I want to make YOURS!

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  4. Oh, I like that somethin' somethin'! Rice krispies make everything better, in my opinion.

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  5. What a fun twist Bridget! My friends and neighbors would LOVE this! xoxo, Mique

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  6. Um, Yum! I love that you wrote "Hammer Time." Yes indeed, hammertime!

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  7. I think your peppermint bark is pretty enough! It made my mouth water :)

    xoxo
    Ai

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  8. Love your version of peppermint bark! Also, your "hammer time" photo almost made me fall off my chair laughing. ;-) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Bridget!!

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  9. Peppermint and chocolate is a perfect holiday combination! I like how you used rice crispies to create an interesting texture.

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  10. I am baking English Toffee, a recipe that used to be made at Saks Fifthe Ave! Apple turnovers, spiced nuts, and of course snowflake sugar cookies. Trying to keep the reason for the season, JESUS! Blessings to you.

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  11. Mmm, I must bake this. But I've got to let you in on a little secret.. the Ghirardelli bars are the same chocolate as the bags of Ghirardelli chips - same price, but you get 3x as much with the bag of chocolate chips. And, if you have a Cost Plus World Market near you - they sell 3 lb. jumbo bags for $8!

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  12. Looks good! This week I am baking Rum cake, fudge, Raspberry thumbprint cookies, and cookies using your Gingerbread recipe. Last week I did the green dot trees - but my royal icing was still tacky - even after 30 hrs - I blame it on the weather, but I'm in Port Neches, not too far from you. I'll keep on trying though - rumer has it that Santa has a new KitchenAid mixer in his closet for me :)

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  13. I never thought to sift out those fine grains after crushing candy, brilliant! Love the addition of rice krispies too :-)

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  14. Oh yeah, this definitely being added to my holiday folder. This would make an awesome gift. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Looks fantastic!!! I have never made bark before.. but I might have to try!

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  16. YUM! What a great idea to add the crispy crunchy bite of a rice krispy!

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  17. what a great variation! i like to make peppermint bark with white chocolate & dark chocolate but i like the idea of rice krispies. :)

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  18. My favourite Easter Bunny chocolates years ago were the ones with the rice crispies in them. Putting rice crispies in this peppermint bark is a fantastic idea.
    Kiddo's Mom is a little *somethin' somthin' wonderful!

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  19. Boy, that little somethin' somethin' really looks good! Had to laugh at your kiddo's response:) Merry Christmas!

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  20. Looks wonderful! I have been making: peanut butter pinwheels, saltine choco toffee, derby day cookies, ginger pecan chews, double choco salted cookies, rum balls, and banana nut choco chip muffins for treat baskets/tins!!! shew! and I still want to make some winter wonderland cupcakes, hopefully!!! and of course decorate the almighty sugar cookie!!!

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  21. Looks wonderful! I have been making: peanut butter pinwheels, saltine choco toffee, derby day cookies, ginger pecan chews, double choco salted cookies, rum balls, and banana nut choco chip muffins for treat baskets/tins!!! shew! and I still want to make some winter wonderland cupcakes, hopefully!!! and of course decorate the almighty sugar cookie!!!

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  22. oooh looks so yummy!! i made some triple chocolate cookies yesterday and I'll be making christmas cupcakes today. I'm hoping to get into your gingerbread cookies sometime soon! xoxo

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  23. White chocolate raspberry cupcakes for one thing!

    Fingerfoods for Christmas Eve... need ideas!

    And also these: http://prettyhungrygirl.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/apricot-angel-brownies/

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  24. I made some peppermint bark with white and dark chocolate last year, but never thought to add Rice Krispies! Fun!

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  25. This made me giggle because my cooking & food blog is http://alittlesumpinsumpin.blogspot.com/

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  26. WOW!! Adding rice krispies to this? Love that idea!

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  27. I love adding rice Krispies into the bark! The crunch sounds amazing!

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  28. Hahaha that just cracks me up! I think your bark is very pretty and it sounds wonderful! I love peppermint bark, one of my favorite holiday treats.

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  29. These look delish.

    I won't be baking a lot this year, unlike last year.
    I'm trying to lose weight.

    However I did bake some peanut butter and some sugar cookies for a cookie exchange party.

    We were to bake 6 dozen.
    So I came home with a variety of cookies.
    I'm sure they won't last long in our family of 5.

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  30. Love the rice krispie twist! This looks delicious

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  31. I would never think to add rice krispies but what a fabulous idea! I have so much to do before my family gets into town as far as baking is concerned.. my mom requested croissants!

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  32. That is such a cool idea. I have been baking everything it seems like. My next project is bread.

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  33. Bridget, I'm baking your vanilla/almond cookie recipe! I made one batch and iced. My icing didn't dry properly. I read the wrong equivelant in cups for 1 lb of powdered sugar, using 2 1/4C instead of 3 3/4C and I believe I used too much water in my flood, even though it seemed pretty thick....SO, my family has been oh so gracious to eat the mistakes! This afternoon I'm going to have a second go 'round at icing beautiful cookies! Wish me luck!!!

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  34. I love the idea of adding Rice Krispies! Fab. Yours looks beautiful...you're no peppermint bark slouch. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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  35. THESE!! They look so yummy and make a great edible gift!

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  36. Oh my word, this looks DELICIOUS!! And "a little somethin' somethin'" is totally a legit and awesome phrase : )

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  37. I love the somethin' somethin'! Merry Christmas!

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  38. How big was the package of starlight mints? I went to get a package, it had a LOT of mints in it.......can you indicate what the size is for me please? I don't want the peppermint to over power the bark. Thanks!!!!! Love this by the way and am actually going to make it, I hoped to do it tongight, but not sure now. What size is the pan?? did it say? I didn't see it. Thanks again

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  39. i love this! especially nice to see a twist on the regular peppermint bark

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  40. This looks YUMMO! =) Last week, I made Peppermint brownie cheescake bars. They were so good. But I will definitely have to try your peppermint bark! I haven't had Rice Crispy treats in years. =) This week I am making sausage balls, Nut-o's, and 2 apple pies.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  41. mm i love that this peppermint bark has a little extra crunch from the rice krispies!

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  42. I did make bark to give to the neighbors! Mine turned surprisingly well considered I wasn't really going from a recipe. I'm going to have to be convinced of the rice crisps though...
    Note: if one were to eat A LOT of peppermint bark that happened to have a few sharp angles on the candy, one could possibly get papercut-like sores on their tongue. Ahem.
    Note: cuts heal in less that 24 hours at which time one could continue to eat mass amounts of bark.

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  43. I love the rice crispie idea! I wish I had time to try that this year. I did make coal you should try http://clumsycrafter.blogspot.com/2010/12/perfect-christmas-gift-edible-coal.html . I made your favorite sugar cookie recipe this week and it was awesome, perfect rolled cookie. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. I have baked all sorts of goodies: Sugared Date Squares, Florentine Bars, Pecan Tassies, Chocolate Crinkles, Butterscotch Shortbread Bars, Fudge, Chocolate mint cookies drizzled with white chocolate and bits of peppermint, Scandinavian Almond Bars, Caramel Balls, and my own signature Sugar Cookies. Oh, and I can't forget the Cranberry Bars and the Walnut Anise Gems that are currently baking in the oven right now!

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  45. Oh yeah! I made Linzer cookies, too.

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  46. oo this looks really yummy. i have a bunch of chocolate left and this looks like something easy i might still have time to try!

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  47. I have made your Almond Butter Sugar Cookies no less than 4 times in the past 2 weeks. Planning on making them tomorrow again. Thanks for your inspiration, Bridget. I am finding cookie decorating to be so fun!!!!!!!!!!!!(..and addicting!) I posted some of the cookies I have made on my blog this week. I also posted a link back to you with the recipe. Thanks again! Have a wonderful somethin' somethin' holiday!
    ~Jamie

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  48. I want it.

    I want it now.

    Bring some to me.

    Purty please?

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  49. I LOVE that you put rice krispies in it!!!..........I may try that next time I make mine!!

    I still have gooey butter cake to make, and maybe spritzer cookies....but I'm fizzling out! haha

    Merry Christmas!

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  50. This is great!! The rice crispies are going to make them extra fab! The kids & I will definitely be making these for Christmas. And I already have everything in the pantry, YAY! ;) Merry Christmas! <3 Amanda

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  51. I was just lamenting that no one has brought me Williams Sonoma pepperment bark this year. Guess I'll have to make my own...and I think it's pretty :). Merry Christmas!

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  52. Hahahaha....for people your age...hysterical. ;) This looks like a wonderful bark. I don't think I've seen one with rice crispies before.

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  53. Not pretty!?!? That beautiful peppermint bark in your beautiful photos? I don't know what you're smokin' . . . (just kidding =). And the expression 'somethin' something' totally exists!

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  54. Great recipe, made this last night for teacher gifts at my children's day care...huge hit. Had to make extra for my hubby too, he loves the addition of Rice Krispies.
    Thanks,

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  55. I've been making chocolate truffles, yum! Your bark looks great!

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  56. Hello,
    I am having a Christmas Link Party on my blog and I would love it if you would share a link.
    Merry Christmas,
    Beverly
    http://cinnamonrosecottage.blogspot.com/2010/12/have-merry-christmas-link-party.html

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  57. I just made this and was wondering if I should let the bittersweet choc layer set before pouring the white chocolate over it. After seeing my end result I believe the answer would be "Yes"! Next time I'll know. :)

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  58. Everything is better with "a little somthin' somethin'" if you ask me... easpecially if that little somthin' consists of rice krispies nestled in rich dark chocolate! Happy Holidays to you and your family Bridget! XO

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  59. Using grapenuts would make for a tasty treat too!!!

    I made Chocolate Covered Grapenuts recently and they are AWESOME!!! Especially on ice cream. And if you use DARK Chocolate, they're even healthier!!!

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  60. http://kranberriesjuicies.blogspot.com/2010/12/please-read.html

    please read.

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  61. Stopped by to wish you, hubs and kiddo a lovely Christmas - now I have to go to the kitchen to make some of this delicious bark of yours, listening to MC Hammer - all your fault.

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  62. Rice Crispies? In bark?? You're a genius.

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  63. Oh my! I am so far behind on reading that I am just getting to this recipe now. I don't care that Christmas has come and gone because I will be making this very soon. I agree that it definitely looks like the tastiest peppermint bark I've seen in a long time!

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  64. I made this for my family this Christmas and everyone went crazy over it! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  65. This is absolutely delicious! Thank you for the recipe!! I whipped up a batch and brought it to a large dinner party Christmas eve......it was gone before all other desserts : )

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  66. made this for my husband's employees, they raved about it, thanks for sharing! Love the photos of the process. It didn't say to let the chocolate set up prior to spreading the white chocolate on top, you'd think it would be intuitive. I didn't do it therefore had some brown streaks in my white chocolate........but it was still edible!!!

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