UPDATE: MY COLLEAGUE LOVED THIS! HE SAID IT WAS THE BEST HOMEMADE GIFT HE'S EVER RECEIVED. :) Yum! This tops Williams-Sonoma's bark (and is much cheaper to boot!). Every year, my ambitious plans to make homemade gifts falls by the wayside. I have been wanting to send my colleague an edible Christmas gift, but haven't had time to make one... until I thought of this recipe. This was super easy to prepare, and other than the time needed to harden, it was ready to package up in no time flat. To speed prep even further, I transferred my bark to the freezer. I spread both chocolate layers on half of a cookie sheet (to compensate for a 9x9 inch pan). Because I had no wax paper on hand, I covered my cookie sheet with lightly greased aluminum foil. Finally, instead of using my microwave, I melted my chocolates in a double boiler (I've never had luck with the micro method). My only other change was to not allow my first layer to completely set before spreading on the top layer. I wasn't particularly concerned about my chocolates mixing and actually thought they looked pretty when swirled together. Oh, and I made sure to use the smaller pieces of crushed peppermint for the middle layer so that my bark wouldn't separate. Red and green sugar crystals added a nice finishing touch. Thanks for sharing your idea, Andrea! :-)
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UPDATE: MY COLLEAGUE LOVED THIS! HE SAID IT WAS THE BEST HOMEMADE GIFT HE'S EVER RECEIVED. :)...