Every Christmas I make Chocolate Peppermint Bark. I should say every December, as I make it a few times for my home and to gift! I enjoy making goodies that don’t require much work since I am usually making large batches. My favorite Christmas goodie is BARK! It is super easy and no cooking required! You really can’t mess this up unless you scare the chocolate during the double boiler method with water. If that’s the case, melt your chocolate in the microwave.
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I buy a couple of large bags of chocolate chips and white chocolate chips and buy candy canes. Crushed is better if you can find them. I put the candy canes in a plastic sealed bag and crush with a spoon. Its super noisy which is why I recommend crushed candy canes! And if you really want, add 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract. Optional, of course, I honestly never add it! The candy canes bring enough peppermint to my taste buds, in my opinion.
Steps to Making Chocolate Peppermint Bark
I melt the white chocolate using the double boiler method. Layer the chocolate on a sheet pan. I recommend layering a piece of parchment paper or foil on the sheet pan. This will make the bark easy to remove once hardened. I then stick that in the freezer while I melt the milk chocolate chips. Milk, Semi sweet or dark chocolate taste fine. Whichever you prefer! I then layer the chocolate over the white. The candy canes really pop on the white chocolate and chocolate, whichever you prefer to layer first. While the chocolate is still warm layer some crushed candy canes over the melted chocolate layer.
Stick the pan back in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes and then break with a spoon into pieces and serve!
Perfect for Holiday Gifts
These are always a hit for the holiday season. They are perfect to gift to teachers, school bus drivers, co-workers, neighbors, friends and family!
I buy cute holiday themed bags and toss a few in each bag. Everyone loves them and they are inexpensive to make. The small imperfections make it homemade vs buying a small square for $6. Homemade it is for me!
You can always make your favorite desserts whether their homemade or out of a box! Everyone loves baked goods and chocolates! The best part is putting your goodies in cute tins and jars to gift. Check out my video:
More Sweets to Gift
This holiday season I am also planning to bake my Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bread (Super Moist) ahead of time and freeze a bunch. I’ll bake a few every weekend and by the the time Christmas comes I will have plenty to gift! For the healthy folks I plan to make Chocolate Covered Dates with Almonds// 3 Ingredients and Protein Granola Balls Dipped in Chocolate.
What sweets do you like to gift for the holidays?