Christmas Treats | Peppermint BarkWednesday, November 19, 2014
It's officially that time of year when the pumpkins and leaves have been replaced by Christmas trees, snow and twinkle lights - my absolute favourite time of year! I truly enjoy the holidays because they mean I get to celebrate the year with friends and family that I might not get to see all the time. This time of year always has such a magical feel and a cozy warmth that tends to mean I get just a little bit too excited and can't help but plan a festive get together. Over the last few years I have become quite good at throwing a party so I have quite a few tips but the most important one is that no holiday party is complete without a few delicious Christmas treats.
With that all important tip in mind, I decided to team up with the beautiful Stephanie from Tragic Wardrobe to bring you a series of our favourite DIY Christmas treats! The first treat up to bat - and probably my favourite - is a super simple but yummy Peppermint Bark.
This recipe is one of my favourites because it really is super simple. It is also something that you can make ahead of time or at the last minute and you change up the ingredients to suit your tastes. You only need a few key things and the rest is really up to you and your creativity.
12oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
8oz White Chocolate Chips
12 Oreos (smashed)
2 Large Candy Canes (smashed)
1/4 C Mini M&M's (smashed)
1 Large Baking Sheet
Once you have got all your ingredients together the bark will literally takes just a few minutes to make.
Step 1 - Fill a small pot with water and bring it to a boil, place your semi-sweet chips in a bowl and place that over the pot and let it warm up. Once you see the chips start to melt begin to stir them gently. The constant mixing will make sure they melt evenly and after a couple of minutes you will have fully melted chocolate.
Step 2 - Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and give it a quick spray with cooking oil - you can always use coconut oil or another substitute.
Step 3 - Pour your chocolate onto the parchment and spread out to cover evenly. Then repeat step 1 and 3 with the white chocolate chips.
Step 4 - Get creative! This is when you take your toppings and distribute them over the chocolate in any way you wish. Make a design, section them out or just wing it.
Step 5 - Once you have decorated your chocolate with the various toppings, place the baking tray in the freezer for 2 - 24 hours, depending on when you want to dig in!
Step 6 - To serve, break the bark into smaller size pieces and pile them up on a festive tray!
A simple but delicious Christmas treat that is just as much fun to make as it is to eat! Now no party is complete without something warm and yummy to drink so head over to Tragic Wardrobe to see Stephanie's recipe for Caramel Hot Chocolate!
I hope you beauties are looking forward to the Christmas season and I hope you take this recipe for a spin! Share photos with me on Twitter or Instagram of your favourite Christmas Treats!