Candy Cane Bark

Candy Cane Bark

By January 21, 2015

Ingredients

Instructions

This recipe is SO SIMPLE!!

In a microwave safe bowl, melt your chocolate in 1 minute intervals. Stir well and continue until chocolate has melted completely and is smooth and creamy.
**If you'd prefer to avoid the microwave you can also melt your chocolate on the stove over low-medium heat, stirring constantly and removing from heat as soon as the chocolate begins to smooth out. You don't want to over heat the chocolate or it won't pour as well and will take on a clumpy texture.

Lay a piece of parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet.

Pour the chocolate onto the parchment paper and spread it evenly.

Sprinkle the crushed candy canes over all of the chocolate surface.

Here's the hardest part! Refrigerate for 1 hour. (Ooh.. doesn't waiting seem to physically hurt sometimes?!?)

Once the chocolate is hard you can either break it into pieces while it is still in the pan OR flip the pan over, peel the parchment paper off the back of the chocolate and then break it into pieces. Both work just fine.

This is the perfect snack to package for gifting! I bet this would be great for Valentine's Day (Red & White!).

Store leftovers in the refrigerator (if there are any - wink!).

Enjoy!

candy cane bark from spicygal.com

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candy cane bark from spicygal.com

It’s that time of year again when I begrudgingly take down the Christmas tree and Christmas decorations. These decorations bring so much warmth to our home and the entire family enjoys sitting near the twinkling lights. We’ve even gone as far as to move game night to the floor at the base of the Christmas tree. In our home ornaments are given to represent events that happened to each of us throughout the year. For instance, our daughter started ballet last year so a sweet ballerina dances among the tree branches now. This has been a family tradition since I was small. Now that I have the Christmas ornaments I received growing up with a story that goes with each, it’s fun to share those memories with my kids. This has turned into a favorite past time every year as we go through the ornaments and the kids say, “Tell us the story of this one!” So, this time of year always makes me feel a bit sad to see it all boxed away again.

Are you like me and feel like your house looks completely bare after all of the decorations are boxed up and put away? It’s typically this time of year that I find a wall to paint or new artwork to hang only to months later feel like my house looks just a bit too cluttered. Maybe it’s only me that goes through these cycles. But something tells me I’m not alone. (wink) Now that I think about it, my front door could use a new wreath. Hmmmm…. (Feel free to send me Pinterest ideas!!)

So, today as I was sifting through cupboards trying to create some order amongst the ever present chaos I came across a cup full of left over candy canes. Woo hoo! Immediately my creative juices started flowing and I thought, what the heck… Does the Christmas spirit of goodies and treats really have to be over?? And out of that creativity came the idea of easy peasy peppermint bark. (DROOL!) Today I challenge you to dig through your cupboards and find those left over candy canes and make yourself this treat. Who knows, you might even do a bit of organizing while you’re at it. A girl can dream, right?!?

 

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