I know that peppermint bark is typically made around the holidays. I also know that my teen requested it during the summer for her gaming group get-together as a treat (I am teaching her the importance of always “bringing something” when a guest at someone’s house…) What I didn’t realize is that I already had all the ingredients (and tools) in my pantry!
Most people I know do not own a proper double-boiler. Instead, I took the large pot we use for pasta with about 2″ of water at the bottom and placed a metal bowl on top. The bowl needs to be larger than the opening to the pot as you want to heat the bowl using steam and not have it directly sitting IN the boiling water.
I have made this recipe before but used peppermint extract from the grocery store. There is a profound difference in how the peppermint bark tastes when you use quality, 100% pure peppermint essential oil (labeled for internal use of course.) The store-bought extract seemed to lose a lot of its flavor when added to the chocolate, but the essential oil stayed strong.
During the holidays I use chocolate melted in the same way and coat pretzel rods. These make great holiday and/or teacher gifts when wrapped and stuffed in a coffee mug. I may have to experiment with different Vitality oils to change the end result – Cinnamon Bark, Citrus Fresh, Ginger, and Lavender come to mind!