Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Quick and Easy Gift Idea - Christmas Bark

My family loves Christmas Bark. The combination of dark and white chocolate and peppermint is undeniably good. Bark is not only delicious, it is easy to make (and expensive to buy premade!).

Need a quick gift idea? Make this bark, package in festive plastic bags made for candy, tie with a ribbon and Viola! Plastic candy bags are available at cake and candy supply stores and are priced at around 5 cents each. How easy and cost effective is that?

Christmas Bark: (makes 1 tray - or about a pound of candy)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cups white chocolate morsels
4 candy canes, crushed

Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.

In a double boiler, melt the semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Stir until smooth. Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper and using an offset spatula spread it out. Let cool and harden completely. (about an hour)

Unwrap candy canes and place in a plastic ziplock bag. Crush with a mallet or rolling pin. Set aside.

In a double boiler, melt white chocolate, stirring until completely melted and smooth. Quickly spread the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate. Don't work it too much, you don't want to remelt the semi-sweet chocolate.

Quickly press the broken candy canes into the warm white chocolate. Let cool completely, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight tin.


14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. this is one of my all time favorites and to think that I could (don't laugh) make it. Thank you!!!!!

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  2. I really could do without the mint! :) I hate mint! Merry Christmas!!

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  3. Sometimes we used crushed up red lifesavers for a twist!

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  4. Yum, I had this at Williams Sonoma today but was not going to pay their crazy prices. Now I will make my own! Even Better!

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  5. This Christmas Bark looks so delicious! I have the chips and just bought some candy canes, so you know that I'll be making it! Thanks for the great recipe! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Sometimes the simple treats are the best!

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  7. *wipes copious amounts of drool on sleeve*

    I looooove Christmas bark.

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  8. Love it! I had no idea it was so easy to make!

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  9. Lisa E - you are welcome! Enjoy

    Otin - no minty fresh breath for you huh? You could use peanuts and go for the sweet and salty thing...

    Kate - you are a rebel.

    Tamis - Years ago TBHITW bought me a box of this from Williams and Sonoma - that's were I got the idea to make it myself. I saved the tin and put my bark in their box. Copyright infringement? No, just perfect fit.

    Marguerite - that's what I love about this recipe. You know you probably have all the ingredients (3) that you need!

    Kathy - I agree, simply treats are the best.

    Captain - hup two and make some! Impress your loved ones. That's an order.

    Unknown - very easy and very good... I'm trying not to have some for breakfast.

    Nancy - Yup. Nothing to it. Just be careful melting that white chocolate, it has a tendency to burn quicker than dark chocolate. I really recommend the double boiler method.

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  10. Ooh, I love peppermint bark. Must try making it! (At the moment I'm drinking my first-ever Caribou mint mocha Ho-Ho, dark chocolate variety. It's like melted peppermint bark poured into a cup of very nice coffee. How did I never try these before?) May need another one later today when I stay up late sewing reusable gift bags so I can finish my wrapping!

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  11. I'm sure if I tried to make this, it would actually taste like bark.

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