Peppermint Bark with My Kids!

This is a project that I do with my daughter for winter break… not even necessarily Christmas but any time in the winter. It is the most simple idea and any age kids can do it! We break ours up and put them in mason jars for teacher and neighbor gifts. So simple and so fun to make!
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Ingredients:
2 packages semisweet or dark chocolate chips

2 packages white chocolate chips

2 tsp. peppermint extract- 1 tsp. for each chocolate [more or less if you want it more or less minty]
a handful of candy canes or peppermint candies crushed [put candy in a ziploc bag and crush with mallet. Don't turn it into dust… you want some nicer chunks]

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Instructions:
  1. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Melt the semisweet chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring as you go for 1 to 5 minutes, depending on your microwave. Don't overheat! Stir in the peppermint extract [taste it to see if you want more mint flavor]. Spread the chocolate evenly on the sheet.
  3. Chill until the chocolate has set, about 30 minutes. You can do this in the fridge… or depending on where you live, just set it outside!
  4. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring as you go for 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your microwave). Don't overheat! Stir in the peppermint extract [taste it to see if you want more mint flavor]. Spread the white chocolate mixture evenly over the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane pieces over the top. If you want you can press slightly into the chocolate with the palm of your hand. Chill for about an hour. Break into small pieces and package up! We package ours into mason jars and tie up with tags and ribbon.

 

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Hope you join us in this annual tradition,

Joanna and Ella

9 COMMENTS

  1. Lynn G | 31st Dec 16

    Excellent idea AND recipe, she looks proud, and rightfully so. Happy New Year

  2. Little Quiltsong | 31st Dec 16

    What a great tradition and a fun activity to share! Also great use for all of those cute mason jars I used to use for canning and now……not so much any more :)! Perfect!
    Wishing you a Happy New Year, to you and your family!

  3. Betty liehr | 31st Dec 16

    Well isn’t she a spittin’ image of you! What a cutie! Blessings to you & yours. Can’t wait to start new year, new planning, new ideas and new/old projects!

  4. Tina | 31st Dec 16

    Wow! This is a great idea! I always struggle with what to make that’s easy and quick and See’s Candy really has gotten quite expensive when I’m giving out gifts to our neighbors and friends. I’ll be sure to give this a try next Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  5. Regina | 31st Dec 16

    Very sweet and the bark is definatlely a good idea.
    Thank you
    R.

  6. Penny Holliday | 31st Dec 16

    Thank you for sharing this recipe ~ a perfect little project in the kitchen on a cold rainy day in Southern California!
    Happy New Year!
    Penny Holliday

  7. Helen LeBrett | 31st Dec 16

    great idea, and your daughter is growing up so fast! She sure is a beauty!! Great tradition: I’ll have to try it next year with my daughter. Hugs!

  8. mary ellen | 1st Jan 17

    Your daughter looks like an American Girl Doll come to life. Gorgeous. Thanks for the bark inspiration.

  9. Linda Fleming | 1st Jan 17

    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy New Year to you all.

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