At Christmas I love homemade goodies! And they make such a wonderful and thoughtful gift as well.
I thought that I would share a very simple and fun recipe to make peppermint bark. This is a general recipe that can be adjusted so that you can make as much or little of as you would like. All you need is the following:
vanilla and/or chocolate bark
peppermint candy (you can use candy canes, such as I did, or the mint candies)
microwave proof bowl
spatula for stirring and scraping
Place your candy bark into your microwavable bowl. Microwave the bark on high for about 30 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir. Keep repeating this until all of the candy bark is melted. Next, add the mint extract, just a couple of drops at a time, stir it in. Depending upon how much bark you are making at a time, and how strong you want the candy to be you may use more or less. Remember that you will be adding crushed candy in as well, so you may want to make the strength a little less than what you want it to be when it is done.
After you have reached the desired flavoring, crush your candy (I place my candy in a plastic ziploc style bag to do this). Mix some of the crushed candy into the bark until you have as much as you need to make sure it is distributed throughout the mixture. Make sure thatyou save some of the crushed candy for the topping.
Place some wax paper on a cookie sheet and spread the candy bark mixture evenly on top. I usually spread it to about 1/4″ in thickness. Then sprinkle the remaining crushed candy on the top, making sure you have some pieces of candy that are a little larger. It just makes it look a little more festive! Let the candy sit until it hardens. Then break it into pieces. You can store it in a plastic bag, or wrap it up in plastic wrap until you are ready to eat (or give it away!).
Now you have a festive treat to use for your holiday gatherings or to package up and give for a gift!
Thanks for coming by!