For family and friends, neighbors and the mailman, I like to make yummy thank you treats at Christmas. Peppermint Bark is my favorite treat recipe to make and it seems to be the favorite with family and friends, too! The simple recipe makes several goody bags of Peppermint Bark and a yummy message that Christmas is here!
RACHEL’S TIPS ::
** Good News! You do not have to own a double boiler to make Peppermint Bark. I use a larger pot underneath a smaller one. Put the water in the larger pot; the chips in the smaller and hold it carefully, unless the two pots can rest together easily.
** Purchase the store brand’s white chocolate chips – it is so much less expensive and the chips work really well. I like Target’s brand, Market Pantry. The MP chips melt much better; Nestle chips become pasty like play dough towards the end of the melting process which makes it hard to spread out on the wax paper.
** I purchased cute celophane Christmas goody bags in the dollar section at Target. For twenty bags and ties, it’s only one dollar. I like to tie colored ribbon around the tie to “dress it up”!
** Prep your pan and the ingredients before you begin melting the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, it is important to move quickly so that the chocolate does not re-harden and the candy cane does not stick into the chocolate.
** I use twelve candy canes per one pan of Peppermint Bark.
** I do not sift – too tedious, really. 😉 You can sort of sift the pieces with your hand.
** I really recommend including 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract per batch.