On Peppermint Bark

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Sweet Sister was up this weekend.  We sent our Mom off to a rock concert (more about that tomorrow), while Sis helped me with my holiday baking.

We made the old stand-bys--peanut butter balls, orange shortbreads, and some failed candied orange peels.  (I'm not sure if it was the humidity or if they got soaked for too long--either way, gooey mess!)  But we also tried something new--peppermint bark.

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I was out shopping a few weekends ago with my high school bff, when we were offered a sample of peppermint bark in Williams-Sonoma.  I'm ordinarily not a big fan of peppermint, actually, but holy bejezzus was that stuff good!

But it was also expensive.  And the few little bars I bought were quickly eaten right up.

The Ghiradelli peppermint bark was less spendy, but commensurately not quite as good...what's a girl to do but figure out how to make her own, eh?

We used Orangette's recipe.  It's a little different than the W-S peppermint bark, because it has three layers.  The inner layer of bittersweet chocolate has just a bit of cream melted in, which makes it just a little softer and chewier.  I can't decide which one I like best of the two, but apparently I can't keep either in the house for very long!

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