Peppermint Bark

Growing up, my mom always made peppermint bark every holiday season to share with neighbors. I still do it the way she did. It's simple and tastes like Christmas. We put a bunch into small treat bags that accompany our other candy gifts that we deliver to family and friends. There is an option to add a layer of chocolate on top too, and we like it both ways. You can't go wrong with this nostalgic treat that you can easily make yourself!

Peppermint Bark

Makes one slab (13x18)

1 (24 oz.) package white almond bark

1 giant peppermint stick, or 1/2 cup crushed candy canes

Melt the white almond bark in the microwave until mostly melted. Stir until it is smooth and completely melted. Add the peppermint stick or candy canes to a resealable bag, seal, and crush with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Add the crushed bits to the melted bark and stir to combine. Pour the mixture onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Smooth it out into a thin layer using a metal spatula. Allow to cool completely, then cut or break into pieces.

Step-by-step tutorial:

Gather your ingredients. You will need 24 oz. white almond bark and a giant peppermint stick. You can also use a handful of mini candy canes. You want about 1/2 cup crushed candy cane. I find the almond bark at Walmart. You can also using Candy Melts from Michaels, but I like the taste of this better.

In a large glass measuring cup, melt the almond bark in the microwave. This takes a few minutes until it's mostly melted, then you can stir it until it's completely smooth and melted. Put your peppermint stick or candy canes in a large resealable bag. Using a meat mallet, crush the peppermint stick into bits. The shards will be sharp, so some will start to poke through the bag.

Once crushed, add to the melted almond bark. Stir until combined, then pour the mixture onto a large piece of parchment paper.

Smooth it out into a thin layer with a metal spatula, then let it sit until it is completely cool and hardened.

Using a large knife, cut the peppermint bark into bite size pieces. I like to cut it into strips and then at angles to make diamond shaped pieces.

It's such a simple candy to make, but tastes so good! Even if you aren't a fan of white chocolate, you may really like this.

An option is to melt some chocolate (whatever kind you like) and smooth it over the bark. Allow it to completely set, then cut into pieces.

This is also very delicious! It adds another layer of flavor, and you can't go wrong with chocolate.

Either way you make it, it is a fun treat to share!

I get small treat bags at Michaels and tie them with a twist tie.

I've got my bags all ready for Christmas deliveries! Who wants some?

Recipe Source: Shanna's Recipe Box

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