I LOVE almond bark and make it every year. Normally, I follow the traditional method of layering dark chocolate, white chocolate and peppermint on a cookie sheet, then pulling it off and breaking it apart.
However, it can look kind of cheesy (like you threw a bunch of shards of candy in a pretty box), so I was thinking of ways to "pretty up" my almond bark. I had seen people putting almond bark in candy molds on the internet and wanted to use it for Christmas gifts. So here's the steps:
Pretty Almond Bark
2 cups, dark chocolate chips**
2 cups, white chocolate chips**
6 candy canes or about 10 mints**
1. Melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once it is melted (don't melt too much or it will dry out), fill the candy molds halfway, then gently tap the mold so the chocolate spreads evenly. (You don't have to grease the molds or anything.)
2. Put the candy canes or mints in a food processor and gently pulse so the candy is broken into tiny pieces.
3. Melt the white chocolate chips in a different bowl, stirring every 30 seconds. Once melted, stir in about 1/2 to 3/4 of the mints and quickly stir. Gently pour the white chocolate into the molds, filling them to the top.
4. Take the rest of the processed mints and gently drop the pieces into the (still wet) white chocolate. Put in the fridge for at least 1 hour. I learned that when they are in candy molds, the bark doesn't harden as quickly as when you have it in cookie sheets.
5. After an hour, pop them out of the molds.gently, put in a pretty container and voila! A quick, easy, "pretty" Christmas gift!
I left the "overflow" on the bark because I thought it looked pretty, but you could definitely chip those little pieces away if you wanted.
**I did the simple technique of melting chocolate chips, but this has the disadvantage that they melt quickly and need to be refrigerated. You can temper the chocolate so it doesn't melt as quickly, but it is a little bit more complicated.