When you think of Christmas what do you think of?
Yes, I think of family and friends and the tree, but my mind always wanders to peppermints and candy canes.
I remember when I was little my mom hanging candy canes from chandeliers, the tree, putting them in glasses. Oh, boy, I still remember how beautiful the house looked to my 4 year old eyes. Peppermints and silver tinsel. It was the 80s….
I love William’s Sonoma’s peppermint bark. LOVE it! I kind of go in just for the free samples (but don’t tell anyone).
But now, I don’t have to because now I know how to make our own peppermint bark –
I made it with the boys over the weekend and this was the best kid friendly recipe ever! It only has three ingredients.
Easy Peppermint Bark
12 oz dark chocolate (Belgian if possible)
12 oz white chocolate
8 candy canes
1. Put candy canes in plastic zip lock bags and have your kids crush them with a rolling pin or mallet. John and Conor loved doing this part.
2. Melt the dark chocolate. I used the microwave, only putting the chocolate in for 20 -30 seconds at a time. Mixing in between. You don’t want to burn it. Spread the chocolate on a foil covered baking sheet. It should be 1/8 inch thick. Put in the fridge to harden.
3. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave and mix 3/4 of the crushed peppermint into the melted chocolate. Spread this over the dark chocolate layer.
4. Top with the remaining crushed candy cane, lightly pressing it to the top so it sticks.
5. Return to the fridge for 30 minutes to harden.
6. After 30 minutes, take out and break into pieces by hand. Your peppermint bark is ready to share and enjoy!
Saying this is delicious would be an understatement. My little guys loved the whole process – making it and eating it. When they were eating this delicious treat they kept making that “yum, yum” sound that is music to your ears. I’m actually thinking we need to make some for Santa this year rather than cookies.