Mint Oreo Bark

Mint Oreo Bark | A family favorite!  So easy and so good!
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My brother and I (along with Nathan and my brother-in-law) are in a weight loss competition.  The goal is to be the first one to lose 8% of your starting weight.  My brother, John, looks pretty innocent and nice, doesn’t he?  All lovey dovey with my newborn baby Quinn.

He’s not.  He’s crushing me in this competition.  In week 5 of this stupid competition, he’s almost at 7%.  Something had to be done.  Extreme measures had to be taken.  Mint Oreo Bark had to be made.  It’s deliciously addictive qualities were the perfect kryptonite for this competitive and dedicated weight loss machine.

And just to give you a sense of the stubbornness I’m dealing with here, I will share my favorite John story.  I was in high school at the time, and so John must have been in his mid-20’s.  We were eating spaghetti at the dinner table, and I mentioned to him that he had some red sauce on his t-shirt.  It was just a little spot, and I thought he might want to wipe it off before it set.  After I said, “Hey, you have a little sauce on your shirt,” without even looking down, my brother took a full forkful of sauce covered spaghetti and slammed it into his chest.  Then looked down and said, “Yup.”  He still cracks me up.

Anyway, on to DESTROYING HIM!

I came up with this recipe a couple of years ago when I was trying to think of no bake recipes to make in a cookie exchange at Christmas.  I made this bark with my husband’s favorite shake at our favorite custard place in mind.  Since that first time I made it, the bark has become a holiday favorite in my house.  I always have to make two batches, one for Nathan and one to give away in the exchange.  It is insanely simple (surely I am not the first to come up with this).

Start with half of a package of broken Oreos.

Then melt a large package of white chocolate.  When I first started making this, I was a novice when it came to working with chocolate.  Okay, I’m still a novice.  But I was even more of a novice.  My chocolate seized all the time.  The main reason was because I was using a double boiler, and I would have the heat on the water too high, causing steam to come out of the pot and get water into my chocolate.  Just the smallest bit of water can make your chocolate seize.  I find that it’s much easier to make the white morsels seize than the milk chocolate ones, but that’s just me.  If you should find your self in this seizey situation, the answer is Crisco.  Throw some of that stuff in and it will help the chocolate smooth back out.

Now, because of the seizing factor, melt your chocolate in an absolutely bone dry bowl in the microwave.  Don’t use full heat, and go slow.  Meaning, microwave on half power and only do 30 seconds to a minute at a time, stirring in between.  You all are chocolate melting experts, aren’t you?  Okay, ignore this.

Once you’ve melted the chocolate, you work really quickly adding peppermint extract, green food coloring and your broken Oreos.  This is where it gets tricky.  The food coloring and the peppermint extract, because they have water bases, can make your chocolate seize.  I choose to go for it anyway and just get it all done quickly and in to my pan.  But you might want to use less peppermint and a food coloring gel (the ones I use, like most, are oil-based).  Once combined, pour into a pan lined with wax paper (or two pans if you want thinner bark).

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Put it in the freezer for about two hours.  Then take it out and break it apart, resisting the urge to eat yummy piece after yummy piece.  After all, if you do that, your entire plan will back fire and you will be the one to lose rather than your older brother that you have never beat at anything!!

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The winner of our competition gets $25 dollars from all the losers.  (I’m pretty sure that I spent more than that on ingredients and shipping the damn bark to my brother.  Bark is yummy, but heavy.)  More importantly, the winner gets bragging rights.  I. MUST. CRUSH. HIM!!

I got a text right after my brother got the package saying that he was planning on taking the bark to his co-workers and claiming that he made it for them.  Jerk.  And word on the street is that there is a care package coming my way.  Hmmm . . . I must find an even better kryptonite.

Mint Oreo Bark

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a 15.5 oz package of regular Oreos (about 20 cookies)
  • 24 oz bag of white morsels
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract (depending on how pepperminty you like it)
  • green food coloring

Instructions

  1. Break the Oreos into a bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the bag.
  3. Quickly add the peppermint and food coloring. Then stir in the Oreos.
  4. Pour the mixture into a wax paper lined pan. Put it into the freezer for two hours.
  5. Break it up and enjoy!
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Comments

  1. says

    This sounds absolutely irresistable! I’m giving up sweets for Lent, so I’m heading to the grocery store today for the ingredients to get my fill before Wednesday. Thank you! :) Oh, and good luck! Maybe try something savory that will trick your brother into thinking it’s not so bad… like homemade crackers or a super hearty lasagna?

  2. says

    @Melissa, that’s really what I’m here for. Random chocolate facts.

    @Katy, good call on the lasagna! Also, you are very brave to make this right before giving up sweets! It’s highly addictive : )

  3. Ann says

    This bark is incredibly simple and wonderful to eat. I just made it for the bottom of a basket as eddibke Easter grass for the grandchildren. I would also add that you can put ur chips in a heavy saucepan directly on a stove burner med. low heat. Add ur extract and food coloring and stir with a dry wooden spoon until all the chips are coated evenly green. The chips will become soft. Stir slowly and you can see color blending constantly as white chips melt. Just stir and as soon as they melt add cookies and drop on pan. I have always melted chocolate over direct heat. And always added extract while melting. As chips cannot get to hot anyway , the extract dosen’t lose flavor and combined ingredients do not seize the chips this way. Faster and more accurate than microwave., I melt on stove at about three temp. Do not heat up pan or pot first on the stove as though you were going to fry an egg. Start with pan on stove fill with chocolate and extract and coloring then turn on stove and combine with wooden spatula. Wood absorbs extra moisture too.

  4. Sherrin says

    When I make my home made chocolates I always use my crock pot on low. It never burns melts quickly. If there’s chocolate left over I scrape it out. Then it’s ready to go again for next time!

  5. Sue Brokaw says

    Thanks for the great ideas, and hints! I just made the Mint Oreo Bark, with white melting wafers, was; quick and easy. Haven’t tasted the end result yet, but the scrapings were delicious!! Will do this again!

      • Lisa says

        You don’t have to chop up almond bark. You can melt the squares whole, in a glass microwave safe bowl. I have a home business selling cake pops and do this all the time. Hope that helps! :) (and this mint oreo bark recipe looks awesome btw…can’t wait to try it!)

    • says

      I’m guessing that it will totally work Mary, but it will be different. Also, the bark might be a little melty when you hold it whereas with the white chocolate it won’t.

  6. tania says

    they also make colored white chocolate, you can get yellow, green, red, pink, blue. might be easier to get the green and not mess with the coloring :) going to try this for my Chirstmas baskets this year. thanks for the idea

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