IN THE KITCHEN :: Easy Peppermint Bark

We can hear it! Bells are ringing, carolers signing and holiday laughter is in the air. Nothing makes us happier than entertaining and whipping up yummy treats for our friends, family, colleagues in our industry, and neighbors. Easy treats that we can keep on hand for impromptu get togethers are key in making sure we’ve got something sweet for everyone. Yesterday we whipped up a batch of our Easy Peppermint Bark {you know, that really tasty goodness you can buy at the stores or Dean + Deluca} with just a couple of ingredients. It’s a thoughtful little hostess gift when packaged nicely and it perfect for sweet teeth!
Easy Peppermint Bark

youll need

8 oz. of crushed peppermint candy canes || 16 oz. good white chocolate chips || crushed walnuts {optional} | 2 9″ x 13″ baking pans

Step 1. in a shallow pan line wax paper cut to size

Step 2. prep a double boiler to melt your chocolate. If you don’t have a double boiler bring water in a sauce pan to a low boil {filled about 1/2 way} and insert a smaller sauce pan with chocolate chips on top so that the steam from the bottom warms the pan.

Slowly stir over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted.

Step 3. while it’s melting add a thick layer of crushed candy canes to the wax paper.

Easy Peppermint Bark

Step 4. pour your melted chocolate over the candy canes smoothing as you pour. You want the layer to not be too thick for easy breaking and noshing.

Easy Peppermint Bark

Step 5: add more candy canes! Because you can never have enough peppermint! ….Here is where you’d add some chopped walnuts if it tickles your fancy. We added to half of our bark.

Easy Peppermint Bark

Step 6: Place the pans in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until chilled and solid. Gently remove the wax paper and chocolate. Break with a meat tenderizer into bite-sized pieces!

Easy Peppermint Bark

Easy Peppermint Bark

 Photos and recipe: Valley & Co. Lifestyle || Enamelware Pans: West Elm

Voila! So so tasty and so easy to make! We brought a batch to our rotating game day with friends last night and they were gone within minutes! Good thing we saved the rest at home!

What’s your go-to easy holiday entertaining idea or recipe?

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