If you use the microwave to melt the chocolate, keep a close eye on it! It is done when some of the pieces still hold their shape but are nonetheless gooey, so don't over-nuke them! Stir it frequently to check on it. (If you find it drying out, try adding butter to smooth it out!) I usually use candy canes, which I put in the food processor on pulse. This easily creats some of that fine dust that others say to reserve for the top for a nice sheen. The best candy to use for this, though, are the semi-soft sort of peppermint sticks, but just put them in a plastic bag and beat them with a rolling pin, as they are a little trickier to work with, but they melt in your mouth! After you let the mixture cool, slam the bark on the counter, and use a real sharp knife to drive the tip into bigger pieces in order to further break them up. This tip is really useful if you make big batches like I do that can result in rather thick pieces. The original recipe here is pretty basic, so you can jazz it up however you like. I give this recipe four stars because it did not mention any peppermint oil, which adds a lovely extra hint of flavor to it that is simply a must, in my opinion.
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If you use the microwave to melt the chocolate, keep a close eye on it! It is done when some...