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Peppermint Bark

25 Dec

It’s Christmas.

I’m not really sure how I feel about that fact.

First off it just hasn’t FELT like Christmas this year.

It’s usually cold here at Christmas.

Last year we even had a dusting of snow Christmas Eve.

This year it’s just been a battle to keep the temperature under 70 degrees.

It’s kind of hard to enjoy snuggling up in your cozy PJ’s, with a warm blanket, and hot chocolate when you’re still rocking your flip flops and t-shirts.

Baking super sweet Christmas treats sort of looses it’s appeal when the heat threatens to chase you from your kitchen.

This treat is nice because you can totally melt your chocolates in the microwave (no stove required).

I also like it because you can change things up to suit your tastes.

Maybe you only like vanilla, or only chocolate, or a combination of both.

Maybe you have a box of candy canes laying around you can crush for the top.

Or maybe you have a bag of peppermint candies.

You really can’t mess this up.

Peppermint Bark

1 Block Vanilla Almond Bark (or high quality chocolate)
1 Bag Semi-Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, optional
Crushed peppermint

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside. If layering 2 different chocolates melt the chocolate in 30 second increments until smooth. Spread chocolate onto wax paper. Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator with completing the next step. Melt white chocolate in 30 second increments. Stir in a portion of the crushed peppermint. Remove cookie sheet from refrigerator and quickly spread the white chocolate/peppermint mixture over the dark chocolate layer. Work quickly and be careful not to disturb the dark chocolate layer. Sprinkle the top with remaining crushed peppermint. Gently tap (OK, pick up your cookie sheet and drop it from a short distance onto your counter) your cookie sheet onto the counter. This helps even out the top surfaces as well as make sure your crushed peppermint adheres to the top chocolate layer. Place back into the refrigerator and allow the chocolate to set up. Once set peel off the waxed paper and break into pieces.

*If using white chocolate chips for this recipe I recommend a brand such as Ghirardelli. You want a high quality chocolate or you will end up with a waxy taste.

Candy Cane Sugar

27 Nov

It’s here!!

I absolutely, positively LOVE this time of year.

No matter how old I get Christmas just seems to be a magical time.

It’s not the getting or the gifts.

For me it’s just the time together.

I always try to be finished with all of my shopping by Thanksgiving,  but I never seem to succeed.

I always want to go out Black Friday shopping even if I don’t NEED anything, just to be a part of it all.

But beyond those things my main goal is to enjoy the time with my family.

To indulge in family traditions.

To linger a little longer over meals with loved ones.

To just soak up the wonder of it all.

I don’t need a lot of “stuff” to make this season magical.

I just want to surround myself with the people I love.

I also want to figure out what to do with all those candy canes that show up this time of year.

So I made candy cane sugar.

You want to know how to make candy cane  sugar?

It’s super easy. Oh so good!

And makes a cute little gift for very little money.

In other words it’s a Win, Win, Win!

Candy Cane Sugar

1 1/2 – 2 C sugar
6 – 8 broken candy canes

Pour your candy canes and sugar into your food processor. Process until all of the candy cane pieces are incorporated into the sugar and everything seems to be a uniform size.  Pour into a cute jar and embellish with ribbon, fabric or another whole candy cane if you are giving this as a gift.  It’s great mixed into morning coffee or coco.

Need another use for all of those candy canes?

Use them to embellish your favorite cake with white frosting.

How would you use candy cane sugar??

Leave me a comment and let me know.

P.S.  I’ll be posting another use for this sugar in a few days.