Christmas Treats

Peppermint Bark-3

I’ve always wanted to try making Christmas themed candies or confections, but I know it’s WAY too much sugar for me to handle by myself. Luckily, my work was doing an “Adopt a Family” thing and we were allowed to send along food gifts, so I got the best of both worlds – I got to make my candy and not feel obliged to eat it all.
Peanut Butter Fudge-1

Having never made chocolate bark before, I wanted to try it and make it as Christmas-y as possible. Normally I shy away from candy canes (a stick of sugar? No thanks! I’d rather have my sugar in baking or chocolate), but since these weren’t for me, I figured why not? The peppermint bark was especially delicious with the extra mint flavouring from the chocolate.

I wanted to make some kind of fudge, but didn’t have the time or inclination to make “real” fudge with a candy thermometer and temperamental sugar temperatures. So, I chose to make peanut butter fudge, which is incredibly simple. And tasty. I wish I could figure out a way to make it less sweet and healthier – but I guess that’s what the internet is for!

From the small tastings I had, both were incredibly delicious! I would definitely make both again – as long as I have plenty of people to share it with!

Peppermint Bark-1Peppermint Bark

1 package of mint flavoured dark chocolate chips (if you can’t find these, normal dark chocolate chips & peppermint flavouring would work)
1 package white chocolate chips
4 – 6 peppermint candy canes

  1. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil (parchment paper would probably work, too).
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt dark chocolate chips. Pour onto lined cookie sheet and spread out.
  3. Place in fridge for 30 minutes or freezer for 15 minutes until solid.
  4. Meanwhile, place candy canes in a Ziploc bag and wack with a meat tenderizer or rolling-pin until small-sized chunks.
  5. Melt white chocolate chips and spread over the dark layer.
  6. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes and put back into the fridge or freezer.
  7. Once the bark is hard, remove from fridge/freezer. Peel foil off of bark.
  8. To prevent finger marks from getting on the bark, use a piece of foil. Holding edge of the bark in one hand, use a knife to stab at the bark, breaking it into pieces. This will ensure that the break is clean and looks like what broken up bark should.
  9. Store in the fridge if you have a warm house. If not, it should be fine being stored on the counter. I wrapped mine up in cellophane wrap tied with a ribbon. They looked pretty cute!
  10. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Fudge-2

Peanut Butter Fudge
From The Joy of Cooking

1 1/2 c. smooth (non-natural) peanut butter – I used Kraft’s unsweetened peanut butter as this thing has enough sugar in it already!
1 1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
4 c. icing sugar, sifted

  1. Butter an 8×8″ pan.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt peanut butter and butter together Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in icing sugar until smooth.
  5. Pour/scrape into buttered pan and smooth.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and cool in fridge until hard.
  7. Slice and enjoy! I wrapped them in wax paper to give away.

Peppermint Bark-2

What are your favourite Christmas Treats?

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4 responses to “Christmas Treats

  1. One of my favorites – but your right a must share! ;)

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  2. That fudge looks super easy! I’m going to try it!

  3. I had no idea peanut butter fudge was so easy to make! I can’t wait to try it. Your peppermint bark is beautiful, as are all of your photos! They look like they should be in a cookbook!

  4. Ok the candy cane bark looks amazing. I have to pin it for next Christmas. The peanut butter fudge, well let’s just say I would have no problems giving it away :)

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