Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Peppermint Bark - a lovely thing.

Grace's third grade class was talking about their Christmas Family traditions. Grace wrote about our Christmas Eve open house and Christmas Crackers (little wrapped tubes that you pull apart with a "pop" - out falls a joke, a gift and a tissue paper crown - something Uncle Noel from England brought to our family.)

One little girl talked about making Peppermint bark and passed out baggies of samples. Grace came running down the hall towards me with the bag in the air and said "Can I have this??" I had to tell her no because I didn't know what kind of peppermint they used. She was so very disappointed. I told her we could make some at home.

Peppermint bark is SO easy to make and really good.

Peppermint Bark

One package of Almond Bark (check your package - most are gluten free)

6 Peppermint Candy Canes - we used Spangler

Melt the almond bark in your microwave according to the directions on the package. Break up the peppermint into small pieces - some will be powder and others chunks - you want a little of both. Mix the peppermint and almond bark together and poor onto a parchment lined pan. Let cool then break apart like peanut brittle.

This stuff lasts a long time and is really refreshing - not heavy. This would also be good for Valentines Day with strawberry flavored hard candy or left over strawberry candy canes from Christmas.

Enjoy our NEW Christmas tradition!