Homemade Holiday Gift Guide

Project 3:  Peppermint Bark

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This is another recipe Kelly and I go back to year after year.  It is always a hit, and super easy to make! The flavors of chocolate and peppermint is a classic holiday flavor and the few finishing touches we add makes it a perfect addition to any holiday gift basket or neighbor sweet treat!

This recipe can be made on a cookie sheet, just spreading out the chocolate, but Kelly and I prefer to make them more festive and use holiday molds

To Create:

We have experimented over the years and have found the following method to work perfectly every time.  The flavors of peppermint and dark chocolate are a delicious combination for the holidays!  We like to use candy melting wafers for this recipe.  They always melt smoothly and are easy to work with.  

In a microwave safe glass container, like the Pyrex glass measureing cup, put the white peppermint candy melts and microwave on half power for 90 seconds.  Remove and stir candy melts.  If they are not totally melted, then put back in for 30 second incraments.  Be careful not to microwave too long or your chocoate will seize and you will not be able to use it. While the candy melts are in the microwave, put candy cane pieces in the bottom of each mold.  Once it is melted, stir in 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.  Then pour the melted white peppermint evenly among the molds.  We find that about 1 to 2 tablespoons of each kind of chocolate is the perfect ration.  If you put too much more it becomes too thick. Put the molds in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, or until set.  Then repeat the process with the dark chocolate candy melts.  Then put back in the refrigerator one more time to set.  Once the molds are set for the last time, they can be unmolded.

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Tip – add melted chocolate into plastic bottles with a spout for easy pouring

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To Decorate: 

Unmold the Peppermint Bark from the holiday molds and stack 4-5 of them in a small mason jar.  Then cut a round of holiday themed fabric and place over the lid. We found that the round of fabric needed to be much bigger than the jar lid to fit nicely around the far. Finally, attach a pretty label and hold the fabric in place with pretty ribbon and mini ornament for a finishing touch.  It was also helpful to put a small piece of double sided tape in the middle of the lid to attach the fabric so it doesn’t move while you are attaching the ribbon.  

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