Almond Bark Recipes for Christmas

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Almond bark is a great, delicious way to spread a little holiday cheer. Get almond bark recipes for Christmas with help from a professional and passionate chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Chef Amee Hoge, and I'm here to teach you how to play with food where I take a classic recipe, change it up a little bit to create a whole new dish. So today we're playing with almond bark, a holiday almond bark where I'm going to be using some chocolate candy coating and some white chocolate candy coating where I'm going to add a little bit of green to it, make a little bit of color or we can keep it white and then you're going to use some Andes sprinkles on top. So what I've gone ahead and I've melted in my chocolate candy coating. I'm just making a small batch to show you how to do this and then what I'm going to do is I use a double boiler to melt it. This is the best way to melt it in my opinion. You can throw it in the microwave but sometimes it gets a little lumpy. This makes it nice and smooth but a double boiler is going to be a pan with an inch of water in the bottom right here and then you're going to go ahead and put a close fitting pan, this one fits exactly or a glass bowl on top and then it just allows it to create a nice warm steady heat. Do not put a lid on it because then the drips of the water will go into here and water and chocolate are not friends so don't do that or it will actually thicken it up and be a little bit crazy. Okay so what I'm going to do is go ahead and add, actually there's some water on the bottom. So I just want to kind of use a towel to go ahead and wipe the water off and then I'm going to pour this right onto wax paper that's on a baking sheet. Okay, I probably used about two or three of those squares, teh candy coating squares. Now you can also add some peppermint extract. I'm going to go ahead and add that to our white chocolate peppermint, our white chocolate that we're going to be putting in there in a second but what I'm going to do is I'm going to spread this out in a nice thin layer, not too thin because you want to, you know, you want some chocolate love in there and then what we're going to do is we're going to pop this in the freezer. It takes it about two to three minutes. We're going to let it get hard and then we're going to add our second layer. If you add it right away, it's going to make like a nice smooth tie dye look. We don't want that we want layers okay? So join me in a second. I'll be right back with my nice layer of cooled chocolate. Alright so I've put this in the freezer, like I said about two to three minutes, pull it out, depending on how cold your freezer is and then I've melted some white chocolate. Again you can add peppermint extract. You can add some candy coating pieces that will add color. Don't use food coloring because the food coloring has water in it most of the time and it will seize this all up and it will not work. So I'm just going to go ahead and pour some of this on here, a nice thin, not too thick of a layer, of course, it's chocolate and it's yummy. We're going to pour that on, don't worry if it gets a little lumpy, sometimes that happens. What you can just do is cover it up with a little, cover it up with a little Andes chocolate mints that you get in the store like a chocolate chip. Okay, we've got this. Try to cover it completely, make it a nice even layer. This is really sweet so you don't want to make it too thick. Okay, then I'm going to go ahead and take those little chocolate Andes mints and sprinkle those on top. You can use sprinkles, you could use a red and white kind of candy. I think Andes also has a red and white candy and you just sprinkle it on top and there you go, break it into pieces. You don't want to break them into too big a pieces because like I said they are very sweet. Here you go, here's my final product. I added a little green to it. Thank you for joining me. I'm Chef Amee Hoge. For more information about me you can go to my website. I'm Chef Amee, that's with two Es, .com.

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