It’s just twelve days until Christmas.
I’m not ready.
All of the things I was going to do at the beginning of the month fell into the “we have plenty of time, I’ll do that next week” pile.
Not a very good plan.
So, here I sit. It’s 6:00 a.m. I have some bins to unpack.
I think I’ll make some Peppermint Bark.
This is one of the easiest Christmas Treat recipes in my arsenal of recipes. Seriously, you only need two ingredients.
One recipe makes enough for the family (and we have a big family), but you might want to make more so you have a perfect hostess gift, teacher gift or just to nibble on while you try to figure out how you are going to decorate the house with 32 bins of Christmas ephemera in time for visits from family and friends.
- 1 package (16 oz) Vanilla or Chocolate Candy Coating, broken into pieces (almond bark, confectionary coating, etc)
- 25 pieces Hard Peppermint Candies (good use for old candy canes, but you can use Starlight Mints as well)
If you want to drizzle with chocolate:
- 1/2 cup Semisweet chocolate chips or vanilla milk chips
- Line cookie sheet with waxed paper, aluminum foil, cooking parchment paper or Silpat. Gather other equipment you might need: hammer (or rolling pin), large plastic bag and wire strainer.
- If children are helping you, have them unwrap the 25 candies you will need. (Don't be surprised if a bag of 50 candies only yields 25 candies).
- Place peppermint candies in a heavy plastic bag.
- Line up your candy so you hit it square in the middle. If you have children help you with this, you need to supervise. No one wants a squished finger on Christmas.
- Don't do this at 6:00 a.m. Trust me on this one. (Mr. H. asked me to tell you this. He told me this at 6:05 a.m.. He went back to bed).
- Crush the candies into a fine sugar, leaving some larger bits for the top of the bark.
- Pour the crushed candies into a wire strainer. Shake the strainer over the melted coating until all of the tiniest candy pieces fall into the coating.
- Stir coating to mix well. Keep the larger pieces for later.
- Spread coating evenly on cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with remaining candy pieces.
- Let stand about 1 hour or until cool and hardened.
- If you want to drizzle chocolate on top, heat 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or vanilla milk chips. Drizzle over Peppermint Bark before letting it stand 1 hour.
- When the candy has hardened, break into bite sized pieces.