Tobins' Tastes: Lucky Leprechaun Bark

Monday, February 18, 2013

Lucky Leprechaun Bark

I have a small obsession with all things St. Patrick's Day. As a life long Notre Dame fan, our family has always been into shamrocks, kelly green and leprechauns. Hairbows, glitter, dishes, sprinkles, cookie cutters, clothes, cupcake liners, beer glasses, straws, you name it, if it has a shamrock on it, I own it.

I never feel bad buying St. Patrick's Day themed items since I know that I will be able to reuse/rewear them for Notre Dame game watches and events throughout the year. This year Notre Dame gave me one more reason to make Irish themed desserts; a National Championship Bowl Game. The outcome may not have been too great but let me tell you, my desserts where.

My family is your typical, psychotic obsessed Notre Dame football family. I am a third generation graduate with my dad, my paternal grandfather, two siblings, four uncles, six cousins and tons of family friends who attended as well.

Since we have family in Miami, we had a huge family Pig Roast the Sunday before the National Championship with over a hundred people in attendance. My aunt put me in charge of desserts (obvious choice) and I knew that they had to be as intensely Irish as my insane family is. I ended up making Dark Chocolate Shamrock Bites, Shamrock Sugar Cookies, and this yummy Lucky Leprechaun Bark.

Sadly, it wasn't lucky enough for us to win but it was the perfect combo of mint and chocolate. And the left overs definitely made for some great "depression" snacking after our loss.

I started with my simple recipe for homemade peppermint bark but dyed the white chocolate part light green. Instead of topping it with crushed candy canes, I used Andes Mint Baking Chips, crushed mint M&M's, and green colored sugar. I didn't add any mint extract to the chocolate but it was minty enough without it.

I love how easy it was to make and you can bet I will be making it again on March 17th. And for a few football games in the fall. Any maybe a few times in between because my family leprechauns like mint and chocolate all year round.

Lucky Leprechaun Bark
  • 1 pound good melting chocolate ( bars, chips, melts)
  • 1 pound good melting white chocolate
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 cup of crushed Mint M&M's
  • 1 cup of Andes Mint Baking Chips
  • Green colored sugar
 1.) Using whatever method you prefer, melt your chocolate and pour/spread it evenly on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or wax paper.

2.) Let that layer sit while you melt your white chocolate. Once the white chocolate is melted stir in green food coloring until it reaches your desired shade of green.

3.) Pour/spread the white chocolate over the regular chocolate layer.

4.) Top with crushed mint M&M's, Andes Mint Baking Chips, and sprinkle with green sugar.

5.) Refrigerate until completely set. Break into bite sized pieces and enjoy.

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