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Monday, December 22, 2008

Peppermint Bark Hearts

2 - boxes/bags miniature candy canes
(you will need 2 candy canes to make one heart)
my one box of 32 mini candy canes yield 16 hearts.
1 - 24 oz package Vanilla Almond Bark or Vanilla Candy Coating
1 - 24 oz package Milk Chocolate Candy Coating or Almond Bark
(if making swirled bark)

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Or line your counter top with waxed paper that's the easiest for me. Arrange candy canes on waxed paper in groups of two form into a heart shape. Melt vanilla flavored coating or almond bark. (Melt on the defrost setting of you microwave in 3 minute intervals). It usually takes about 5-6 minutes to melt a full block of candy coating. Spoon or pipe candy coating into centers of hearts to fill spaces. I used my pastry tool set pipe the coating in the hearts. You can use a pasty bag with a tip or a small zip lock bag and just cut off the end. Crush some candy canes in a bag and sprinkle on top of the coating in the middle of the hearts. Let harden and store in airtight container, gift bags or a tissue lined tin. I added some additional bark and then placed the peppermint hearts on top of the bark it really does look so pretty.

*If you have any of the candy coating left, just place it in a plastic bowl and store in the freezer or in the pantry to use for another recipe. You can make more peppermint bark or toss in some almond and pretzels and let harden that's always great as well.

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