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Friday, December 12, 2014

homemade christmas gifts // peppermint bark

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homemade-peppermint-bark

homemade-peppermint-bark

 Yesterday, my office celebrated our annual Christmas lunch. As an added treat, I made these cute peppermint bark gifts for each of my coworkers. Peppermint bark is a delicious Christmas treat and combine that with cute packaging and you have a perfect little gift for your office, neighbors or any other foodie on your list! And chocolate bark is so easy to make! One of my favorite things about it is that you are able to customize it to your liking or make it fit with any occasion or season. This peppermint bark will truly give you the flavors of the season in one bite! 

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by! 

homemade-peppermint-bark


Christmas Peppermint Bark

2 cups white chocolate {I just used the morsels, but if you are using a brick of chocolate, cut into 1/2 inch pieces}

1/2 cup mini marshmallows

1/2 cup crushed peppermints {I used candy canes, of course!}

Line a baking sheet with foil, shiny side up. Be sure that all the creases are smoothed out of the foil. Place 1 cup of the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time with a rubber spatula, until the chocolate has melted {for me, it was about 1:30 minutes}. Once the chocolate has melted, stir in the other cup of the unmelted white chocolate. Stir vigorously until all the chocolate has melted and there are no lumps {Note: if you were to melt all the chocolate together, the chocolate would have a tendency to look dull. By stirring in the unmelted chocolate, it creates a beautiful and shiny chocolate!} Spread the chocolate onto the foil-lined baking sheet to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Work quickly as the chocolate hardens pretty fast! Place the mini marshmallows in the chocolate and sprinkle with the crushed peppermints. Allow to harden at room-temperature for about an hour. Once hard, break into uneven pieces. Store in airtight container for up to a week.

*I made six 8 ounce jars for my office. To fill the 6 jars, I made 2 1/2 recipes of this bark. 

For the packaging:

Place the chocolate bark in mason jars and secure the lid tightly. Wrap a festive ribbon {I chose ribbon that looked like candy canes ;) } around the mason jar and tie into a bow. Tie on gift tag and you are ready to go!

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