You know those times when you completely stop what your saying or doing and head off in another direction?
Well, this is one of those times. Literally. I went from warm, cozy bed, to Pearl’s kitchen in 2.5 seconds. Okay, so it was more like 2.5 minutes; give a girl a break for having to (unwillingly) remove the toasty onesie and put on some normal sweats to brave the freezing rain in.
Yes, I have a onesie. Yes, it is from the little girl’s section and has monkeys on it. No, I am not afraid to wear it. I have big plans for my new outfit. You’ll see…
Truly, as I was writing this post, our dear friend, Pearl was taking her hand at candy-cane bark-making. As she sheepishly asked me for a bag of chocolate chips, so that she could try for her 3rd round at it. I, then, marched right over there [at 11 pm, in the pouring So Cal rain and all] and helped a sista’ out.
So here are some tid-bits of knowledge that you might want to know if you are jimmy-rigging your own version of a double boiler.
1. Gather a medium-sized pot and a medium-sized metal or glass bowl–forget that miniature bowl you had in mind, you know the one that you never get to use. We aren’t looking for the chocolate chips to set sail amidst a turbulent sea of boiling water.
2. Only put enough water in the pot to submerse the bowl a few inches from the bottom–your flash flood reenactment can wait until another day.
3. Simmer on low heat; if you turn it up, chances are it will get too hot and start boiling over the sides and splashing into your now-ruined chocolate, while burning your precious hands. Yikes.
4. Simmer on low heat--yea, I said it again so that you didn’t already forget about it. It’s an important point so just have some patience. I promise you, the chocolate will eventually melt.
5. Have a towel or oven mit nearby–you never know when all hell will break loose because you didn’t listen to #3 or #4 and boiling water is jumping out of the pan and your bowl is starting to set sail or is bobbing dangerously close to capsizing.
Pour about a 1/3 bag in, to start if you have a small double boiler, or the whole bag if you have a set up big enough to handle it. Stir, regularly.
Keep it up and it will soon look like this! Shiny & silky smooth, this chocolate is ready to be poured.
Pour into lined baking pan and spread evenly.
Start spreading the love, aka candy canes.
Ready to set in the chiller (aka fridge)!
After at least 1 hour, remove the sheet of chocolate from pan, by grabbing the wax paper. Crack it up!
Mmmmm. Candy canes & chocolate…I live for you.
Seriously, despite Pearl’s double boiler mishap, this is by far one of the easiest and most fancy-looking holiday treats that will leave your co-workers, friends, and family enamored and wanting more!
1 16 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 box candy canes (12 pack of canes)
White chocolate chips (optional for second layer or drizzling)
(Yep, that’s it!)
Using a 9 x 9 square baking pan, grease the bottom and sides and line it with a big piece of wax paper, pressing it into the edges and corners. Set aside.
Unwrap candy canes and place into a large ziploc bag and seal. Using a heavy object (hammer, mallet, bottom of a pan, etc…) crush until desired texture. Set aside.
Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate, stirring constantly and being sure not to splash water into the chocolate. If you have a larger double boiler set-up you can add all of the chips at once, but if you have a smaller set up, add the chips in a few stages, melting them as you go.
Pour the melted chocolate into the lined baking pan. Spread with a spatula, until evenly distributed. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane pieces over the top. Optional: you can add a melted white chocolate layer to the top and follow with crushed candy cane, or simply drizzle some white chocolate on the top for decoration.
Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Using the wax paper liner, lift the chococlate out of the pan. Break the candy cane bark into desired piece-size.
Wrap up in some cellophane and tie with a ribbon, or add to a tin of other baked goods for a perfect holiday gift!