This is great candy to make if you have little helpers around like me. Brittany is unwrapping the candy canes(while her hair is trying to think curly thoughts for the Nutcracker), Matthew is crushing the candy canes after they were put in a freezer bag, and Joshua is of course, eating one of the candy canes. This recipe is nearly perfect, but its flaw is the mess that is somehow required while making it. Even when I have made it without kids it is really messy. But trust me, it is worth it!
Once your candy canes have been pulverized into a fairly fine powder it is time to melt the chocolate. Empty your whole bag into a glass bowl and microwave one minute at a time at 50 percent power. Stir after each minute. After about 3 or 4 minutes it should be melted and smooth.
Add the crushed candy cane and a few drops of food coloring. My kids have an ongoing debate about whether pink or green tastes better! Mix it all together and then spread it on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. It is actually better to line your cookie sheet before you start any of this because you do need to work quickly or the chocolate will cool.
Then take the milk or semi-sweet chips and melt them the same way. Drizzle over the top and then run a knife through to make it look pretty. If you skip this stage it will still look pretty but will look unappealingly like barf. If you live where it is cool just stick it outside to set up, if not the refrigerator works. When it is cold and hard you just peel it off the aluminum foil and break into small pieces. I promise if you give this as a gift or take it to a party people will love you! And the best part is it is done start to finish in about 30 minutes and costs about $ 3 a batch! Let me know if you try any--and if you think pink or green tastes best!