View Full Version : Is there a raw equivalent of peppermint bark??
12-02-2009, 09:24 PM
You know... that white chocolate with little crushed bits of peppermint candy? I cast a roving eye on some at the store and boy am I paying for it... I have been CRAVING that stuff ever since. I can't for the life of me figure out how I'd make a raw equivalent with the same flavors and texture.
Is there a such thing as white cacao?? That would certainly help...!!
12-02-2009, 10:22 PM
Ooh, I just found the answer I was hoping for (WHY have I never seen white cacao (http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Cacao-Cocoa-Butter-Chocolate/dp/B00168GTX2) before in all my raw shopping?!)... bet I could gently dehydrate this to melt it a wee bit, then press something raw-and-crunchy-and-slightly-gritty (similar to peppermint candy texture) that had some fresh peppermint (which I have growing on my front porch) or peppermint oil ground into it... hmmmmmmmm...... now to experiment and fine-tune a recipe......
12-02-2009, 11:51 PM
White chocolate is made with milk solid, cocoa butter, and sugar. The actual making of the type of white chocolate you find in stores is complicated.....I found this link:http://www.americastestkitchentv.com/ibb/posts.aspx?postID=216029&postRepeater1-p=1#218770
BUT I imagine raw equivalent that was kept in the fridge would be possible. I LOVE white chocolate, so may have to spend some dough for a Christmas treat. let me know what you come up with.
12-03-2009, 09:16 AM
This isn't made with white cocao, but its yummy and we enjoy it at our house.
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. carob or cocao
1 Tbl. maple syrup
1 Tbl. agave
1 tsp. vanill
a few drops of peppermint extract
Blend until smooth and then add...
1/4 c. chopped nuts and/or
1/4 c. raisins
Pour onto parchment lined sheet and refrigerate until hard. Break into pieces like bark.
We really love this stuff :)
12-03-2009, 10:04 AM
Katch, thanks for that link... who knew white chocolate was so complicated!!
Cathy, that sounds YUM and sounds similar to how I was thinking of trying to make it (but with white cacao instead)... thank you!
12-03-2009, 10:07 AM
I just bought Russell James Chocolate ebook (see my blog) and there are several white chocolate recipes in there, including white chocolate covered strawberries. Be still my heart!
12-03-2009, 10:10 AM
*sigh* Be still my heart, indeed!! Off to check this out via your blog! THANK YOU!!
12-03-2009, 10:12 AM
Oh my word. He has a Thai style one!!! My husband and I LOOOOOOVE Thai food... I'm so getting that one (and the chocolate one and the Christmas one and and and....!!!) He should send you a commission check now! :D
12-03-2009, 10:20 AM
LOL, I only wish!
12-03-2009, 10:30 AM
the "white cacao" you bought is just cacao butter. you'll need to add something sweet and something creamy to it to make it palatable. it smells awesome, but tastes just like any other oil
12-03-2009, 11:05 AM
Jenna, right, I was thinking of adding agave nectar for sweetness and vanilla for flavor (much like Cathy's recipe above that uses cacao)... then again, I love eating plain extra-virgin raw coconut oil, so I'm sure I'll love it!
12-06-2009, 04:56 PM
Is cocconut oil the same as cocconut butter? I have the latter. Thinking of making that bark.
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