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Easy, 10 Minute Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark is a classic holiday treat. This candy has only 4 ingredients and comes together in 10 minutes. It’s perfect for gift giving or as a fun addition to a holiday cookie tray.

Ingredients

2 cups Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
2 oz Ghirardelli white chocolate (OR 1/4 cup of chips)
2 – 6-inch candy canes

Ingredients for Peppermint Bark

Directions

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, making sure the paper overhangs all side of the pan. Pour all semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips on to parchment-lined pan. Toss the chips together to mix, and then spread into a single layer.

Place pan of chocolate chips in the oven for 4-5 minutes.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE CHOCOLATE. You are looking for the chips to be *just* melted. The chocolate chips will retain their shape, so watch for the chips to start looking glossy. That will be the indicator that they’ve melted. If you leave them in too long, the chocolate will scorch and turn grainy.

Once the chips have melted, remove the pan from the oven.

Using an offset spatula, gently mix and smooth the chocolate chips so they fill the pan with a single layer of melted chocolate.

Melted Chocolate Chips for Peppermint Bark

Sprinkle the white chocolate chips on top of the melted chocolate.

Sprinkle the melted chocolate with white chocolate pieces/chips

Leave them alone for 3-4 minutes while they melt.

Using a butter knife or offset spatula, carefully swirl the tip of it through the melted white chocolate chips creating whatever designs you like. The more you swirl the knife through the pan, the more you’ll mix the chocolates together.

Swirl the chocolate together for the peppermint bark

Remove wrappers from candy canes and place them in a resealable bag. Using a small pan or rolling pin, crush the candy canes into very small pieces.

Sprinkle the crushed candy cane pieces over the melted chocolate.

A pan full of peppermint bark

Let the pan sit overnight, or until the chocolate has hardened.

Using the parchment paper that’s overhanging the pan, lift the peppermint bark out and place it on a cutting board.

Using a sharp knife, cut the bark into pieces.

Enjoy!

Tips for Peppermint Bark

  • Use good quality chocolate for this recipe. Ghirardelli is a great, high quality brand of chocolate that’s available in most major grocery stores.
  • Do not use your hands to break up the bark. The heat from your hands will melt the chocolate.
  • Can’t find candy canes? Crush 5-6 starlight mints and use those instead.
  • Peppermint bark makes a great hostess gift and is a fun gluten-free alternative on a cookie tray.

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Candy Cane Martini

Just the right amount of creme de menthe makes this Candy Cane Martini a holiday favorite. It’s become a Christmas Eve tradition in our house. Cheers to the holidays!

Makes 1 cocktail

1.5 oz vanilla vodka
1.5 oz white chocolate liqueur
0.75 oz white creme de menthe
3 oz whole milk or half and half
Mini candy cane (optional)
Red, green, and white sugar (optional)

Prepare your glass

Mix the red, green, and white sugar on a small plate.

On a separate small place, place a few tablespoons of water.

Dip the rim of a martini glass in the water.

Carefully roll the rim in the sugars until all of the rim is coated.

Set aside.

Make your cocktail

In a cocktail shaker full of ice, combine vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de menthe, and milk.

Cover and shake well.

Strain into your prepared glass.

Garnish with mini candy cane.

Enjoy!

Notes on Candy Cane Martini

  • You can use green creme de menthe here if you can’t find white/clear creme de menthe. The taste is the same. Your cocktail will just be light green instead of white.
  • While I recommend a high milk fat, whatever milk you have on hand will work. Your cocktail won’t be as creamy, but it will still be tasty.

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