Peppermint Almond Bark

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I kicked off the holiday cooking season this year with a family favorite of mine, peppermint almond bark!  It uses vanilla almond bark and crushed candy canes, and simply melts in your mouth!  This peppermint almond bark is just ahhhmazing

One of my favorite things about this holiday recipe is the fact that it is so dang simple! 

All you need are two ingredients
Vanilla (or White Chocolate!) flavored Almond Bark
Peppermint Candies (or candy canes for the holiday spirit!)
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Step 1: Smoosh the Almond Bark!!!

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First things first, you're going to want to bust up your almond bark into little squares.  If you want, you can chop it up finely using a sharp knife (It will melt much faster) but I was  lazy this year.

After you've busted up your almond bark into meltable portions, you'll want to start some water simmering in a sauce pan on the stove. 

Make sure that you have a stainless steel bowl or other saucepan that can fit on top!
If you have a double boiler, all the more power to you, but I do not.

Once your bowl is hot, add in your almond bark and melt it just as you would chocolate.  Stir occasionally!
Almond bark is kinda like chocolate in that it looks solid until you stir it, then it becomes a big dollop of meltyness!

Step 2: Smoosh the Candies!!!

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While your almond bark is melting on the stove (yeah, I know that can take a while) you're going to want to smash up your peppermint candies / candy canes.

You can use a rubber mallet, a hammer, or a good old fashioned rolling pin.  What matters is that you get out all of your holiday stress by smashing those little sugarbombs to smithereens!

Once ALL of your almond bark is melted, and ALL of your candies are smooshed, remove the almond bark from heat and stir the candies into the mixture.  Be very careful not to let any water get into there, or it will give your almond bark a grainy taste.
Awesome recipe! Nice and simple :) also, would I be able to melt the almond bark in the microwave?
You can, just do it VERY slowly and do not use water (It will make it grainy and clumpy).

For the microwave, I recommend grating the bark with a cheese grater or chopping it up into really fine pieces, then microwaving for 5-10 second intervals and stirring thoroughly in between (15 seconds will burn it FAST once it starts melting.) until it is as smooth as you want it.

Then all the other steps are exactly the same. Enjoy!