Peppermint bark is one of my favorite holiday treats & the Bachsters and I recently made a batch of it to take to holiday parties and munch on at home. And as I was eating what must have been my 100th piece of pepperminty goodness, I started to think about how yummy peppermint bark would be as an ice cream. With that idea in mind, I set to work!
My peppermint bark recipe is from Orangette (here's the link). If you love candy canes &/or peppermint, it's the best thing ever. Which I do, and it is. Anyway, why not take the same components - white chocolate, dark chocolate and peppermint - and turn it into ice cream? Doesn't that sound fabulous? Yes, I thought so!
I started with the white chocolate recipe from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop, which is wonderful on its own, but I added 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract....just enough to taste, but not overpower the ice cream. When the ice cream was finished churning, I added thin layers of bittersweet stracciatella (which makes thin ribbons of hardened chocolate throughout) and the crushed bits of 4 candy canes.
The crushed candy canes disappeared into the ice cream after a while. So, I would recommend a fresh sprinkling of crushed candy canes over your scoops, right before serving. And there you have it - peppermint bark transformed into ice cream. It's Christmas magic!