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The holiday season seems to come with lots of family and friend parties, which require bringing a dish to share. Sometimes, it's easiest to bring a sweet treat!

We found a super simple and tasty recipe that is not only easy to make for a party, but also makes a great holiday gift as well! Here it is, a recipe for Peppermint Bark from simplyrecipes.com.

Ingredients:

  • 5 regular sized candy canes, or about 15 mini candy canes
  • 12 ounces white chocolate or dark chocolate (chips, wafers, or chopped up chocolate bars)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Prepare a tray for the bark by lining a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat (or wax paper) and set aside.
  2. Break up the peppermint candy into little pieces. Start by breaking up the candy with your hands, then transfer into a double layer of zip-top bags. Place the bag on a cutting board and pound the candy canes with a kitchen mallet, meat tenderizer or even a rolling pin. You’ll want chunky pieces to sprinkle over the chocolate so be sure not to crush them into powder. Pea size pieces are perfect. Transfer the crushed candy into a bowl.
  3. Melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate into a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir occasionally with a heat-proof spatula until the chocolate is completely melted. If you prefer, you can also melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Stop microwaving when you see just a few small lumps of chocolate. Stir until those lumps have melted completely.
  4. Stir the peppermint extract into the chocolate.
  5. Spread out the chocolate. Pour the chocolate onto the baking sheet and spread it out as thin or as thick as you like using a spatula.
  6. Sprinkle the peppermint candy chunks on to the chocolate and gently press them in with your hands.
  7. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes or until hardened. Break into pieces and serve or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a month.

That’s it. How easy is that! Its long shelf life makes it a perfect holiday gift and the quick preparation time makes it ideal for that last minute party invite. Give the recipe a try and let us know how you like it!

 

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