Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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It’s CHRISTMAS!!!! Ok… so I don’t get into the whole fall thing. And most of you know I don’t like pumpkin (through absolutely no fault of my own!). Although I’m not religious, I can’t help but fall easily into the traps the holidays set. Hot chocolate? Yes please. Cute/ugly sweaters? You bet! Lights & decorations? Bring it. Holiday movie marathon? Already started my friend.

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And all things peppermint. Yesssssss. Here is my apology in advance for ALL of the peppermint you are about to get for the next few weeks. I mean, candy canes are only around for such a short period of time, we need to use them up people!

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark (makes a bunch)

12 oz of chocolate chips (or a bag and a half of Enjoy Life dark chocolate regular sized morsels)
1 tsp of peppermint extract
8 candy canes (I use TruJoy organic ones as they are made without all of the scary ingredients of regular ones)

Place all of the chocolate chips in a sauce pan on low heat and melt them. While the chocolate melts, throw the unwrapped candy canes in a large ziploc bag and smash them up! Add the peppermint extract to the melted chocolate mixture and stir well to combine. Take most of the smashed candy canes (be sure to reserve a few tbsp) and stir it into the chocolate peppermint mixture. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, pour the chocolate mixture out and spread it out with a spatula. Sprinkle the reserved smashed candy cane on top, pressing it in gently. Freeze at least 30 minutes before trying any (but you can lick the spoon & spatula like I did!), then break it up into bite sized pieces. Keep in the freezer.

I’m hosting a treat exchange this coming weekend, so I’m going to be exchanging these and making up cute, little boxes with all of the treats to give out as gifts. It’s a great DIY gift idea – especially if you host or attend an exchange as there will be a good variety of treats to give.

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Or you could just eat it alllll yourself.

What’s your favourite holiday treat to make?

27 thoughts on “Chocolate Peppermint Bark

  1. We love Christmas too – though I am on the fence about candy canes – they are cute but E doesn’t like peppermint and bashing some candy canes to bits a few years back pock marked my kitchen table. However I might sneak some into some baking (would love your bark but it is not so great in summer unless I know the weather wont be too hot and melt it)

    1. Ah yes, that would make things annoying. I would be put off of bashing candy canes if that happened to my table as well. I only bash them on the kitchen counter, it seems pretty resilient. If E isn’t a huge fan of peppermint, I also make this same bark but with crushed almonds instead in the summer. It’s pretty good (but will still melt of course).

  2. I am a big fan of ginger cookies… not gingerbread men, but the nice gingery cookies, possibly with some sugar crystals on the outside.
    Unfortunately peppermint does not float my boat, unless it is peppermint tea, so candy canes don’t really do it for me.
    I love ugly/cute holiday sweaters! Or jumpers, as we would call them here. But our Christmas is in the middle of face melting summer, so no jumpers. They do make some ugly/cute rashies, which are like longsleeved water proof sun safety shirts you wear at the beach, but I don’t beach.
    I just have to live in awe of the wonderful jumpers the Northern Hemisphere gets!

    1. I think gingerbread men are just ok. Kind of a waste of calorie intake though 😉
      I also make this with almonds instead of candy canes if that’s more your style.
      Right! It’s hot there. ugly/cute t-shirt? I actually managed to find one last year. You can always just wear red/green 😉

  3. Kimmy, I need to give you a very big hug right now… This looks amazing! I’ll make some and take it to my brother’s for our Christmas Eve celebration. Thank you!!

  4. I love the truejoy candy canes! Glad you addressed that honestly- I see so many vegan recipes with crazy food dyes and I like seeing bloggers sharing dye-free recipes. This is brilliant as always:)

  5. Hi Kimmy,
    Happy holidays! What a delectable selection of vegan delights! Today I shared Vegan Vanilla Bean Date Brazil Nut Milk and Chocolate Banana Berry Chia Pudding. Thanks for hosting this wonderful party!

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