Every year my girls love to make homemade gifts for their teachers and neighbors. We try hard to find ideas that are easy for them to make yet hard to mess up. I think this year we found some winners! This peppermint bark the perfect activity to do with your children while teaching them how to be thankful for the important people in their lives.
Ingredients: This is enough to make 6 boxes of peppermint bark. Click here to order these treat boxes from Amazon.
- 5-6 Large Candy Canes
- 2 bags of dark chocolate chips
- 2 bags of white chocolate chips
- Optional- 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil (1 for each bag of chocolate)
- Optional- 1 tspn peppermint extract
Step 1: Cover a baking tray with wax paper. We are making 2 batches so we will be using 2 baking trays.
Step 2: Empty the contents of your dark chocolate chips into a bowl. Microwave it for 30 seconds and stir. Keep microwaving for 30 second intervals and stirring in between until your chocolate is smooth and melted.
Tip: This is optional but I always add about a tablespoon of coconut oil to my chocolate chips before melting them. This helps to make it smoother and creamier.
Step 3: Spoon your melted chocolate onto your baking tray. Use the back of your spoon to spread it evenly over the entire tray. Place in the fridge to harden.
Step 4: Remove the plastic wrap off of your candy canes. Place them into a ziploc bag (or 2 to be extra safe). Using a rolling pin, crush them up into very small pieces.
Step 5: Repeat step 2 with your white chocolate. This is when you would add in your peppermint extract if desired. Spoon your melted white chocolate evenly over your dark chocolate. Quickly go to step 6 before your white chocolate hardens.
Step 6: Sprinkle your crushed candy canes evenly over your white chocolate. Place back into the fridge until it hardens again.
Step 7: Break up your peppermint bark into large pieces and place them into your gift containers. We used these festive ones, click here to order through Amazon.
We hope all of your teachers, friends, family and neighbors love these special treats made with love!
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