{Sponsored Post} Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick

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Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale



Today I have a really easy (no, really really easy) holiday recipe for you to try.  Peppermint Bark is a true holiday favorite and it’s so easy to make, you’ll wonder why this didn’t become your “signature holiday dessert” years ago!  This treat only requires FOUR (4) ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to prepare.  This is my kind of dessert, for sure.

I want to start with a big thank you to McCormick for sponsoring this recipe!  Thanks to them I was able to pick up the ingredients needed to make this yummy treat, and share it with you.

Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
This Peppermint Bark recipe was found on the McCormick website, where they have a ton of yummy holiday recipes for you to choose from.

Peppermint Bark

Makes 12 servings, 2 to 3 pieces each.
Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale

Ingredients

1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips

1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Directions

1.  First, crush your peppermint candy into pieces.  My top secret tip for crushing things is to place them in a ziplock bag, CLOSE THE BAG, then use a can to smash it.

Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale

Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
     
A note on the candy canes I used: I searched for corn syrup free candy canes and failed, but I found these that are “all natural” and corn syrup was the second ingredient instead of the first.  They are also free of artificial dyes so they aren’t pure white – which you’ll notice in the pictures later on.
2.  Microwave chocolate chips in large microwavable bowl on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until almost melted.  I heated the chocolate chips for 30 seconds at a time and stirred after each heating.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth. Be careful because it’s very easy to burn chocolate!  Best to do this in the microwave and not the stove, unless you need to test your smoke alarms.
Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
3.  Stir in the McCormick’s peppermint extract.
Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
4.  Spread on large foil-lined baking sheet to 1/4-inch thickness. Add McCormick’s red food color, drop by drop, over mixture. Using a wooden skewer, swirl color through chocolate. I used a wooden spoon to make the swirls.
Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale

Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale

Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale

Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
5. Sprinkle with crushed candies, pressing lightly into chocolate with spatula.  I sprinkled the candies on half because I can’t eat them.  I added some green sugar crystals on the other half just to make it a bit more colorful!
Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
5.  Refrigerate about 10 minutes or until firm. Break into irregular pieces to serve. Store in covered container at cool room temperature or in the refrigerator up to five days.
Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
Peppermint Bark Made Easy with McCormick - Budget Fairy Tale
You can see the all-natural candy canes are slightly brown compared to the white chocolate, but it’s worth it to have a healthier treat.  Aren’t they so pretty?  And tasty, too!  I admit I ate about five pieces before I even took the pictures.  
Pressed for time this year?  The whole process took about 20 minutes including the chill time, so it’s perfect to fit into your busy holiday schedule.  If you want to make a batch for a holiday party or to distribute to your neighbors, just double or triple the recipe.  Just make sure you don’t melt the chocolate until you’re ready to pour.
PRO TIP: Speaking of melted chocolate, wash your dishes right away or else the white chocolate will harden and you can’t wash it off! I may have learned this the hard way.  If this happens to you, fill your sink with hot water and let the dishes soak for a minute or two until the chocolate is soft enough to wipe away with a sponge.

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Comments

  1. says

    It’s gotta be a sin that I’ve never made or eaten peppermint bark, right? TOTALLY making this for Christmas! Thanks for the awesome idea + for the recipe!

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