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Peppermint Bark Recipe – a Christmas Favorite!

homemade peppermint bark recipe using essential oils - a yummy holiday treat

One of the things that I most look forward to during the holiday baking and cooking season is Peppermint Bark. Left to my own devices, it is highly probable that I could consume massive quantities of it because let’s face it – chocolate + peppermint = yumminess. This peppermint bark recipe is one that has been tried, tested, and used for years in our house!

The peppermint bark has also been fun to make in large quantities and gift some to friends and family to share the love. The fact that we also have an excuse to lick the chocolate spatulas when we are done has no bearing on the matter.

Although recipes are not a weekly normal around the blog, we are enjoying some time in the kitchen over the next few weeks of December and getting a little more ‘practical’ learning on the table, so to speak. I’m not hearing any complaints from the kids, so I think we’ll keep it going! While we’re cooking, we figured we might as well share the yumminess (and the recipe) with you all as well!

Peppermint Bark Recipe

our favorite homemade peppermint bark recipe - easy and a great gift idea for the holidays

(make 1.5  pounds)

  • 24 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (2 bags of chocolate chips)
  • 16 oz. white chocolate squares (3 boxes or 1.5 bags chips)
  • 8 candy canes, crushed
  • 4-5 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil (we use Young Living oils). You can also use 1 tsp. of peppermint extract, but we’ve found the essential oil does so much better!
  • 1-2 tsp. of coconut oil (optional)
    Note: I prefer using darker chocolate if possible – it’s one of my favorites. While semi-sweet is what we typically use, if I can find a darker chocolate, I use that too!

Making Peppermint Bark

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You’ll need a jelly roll pan (these are our favorite ones) to make this peppermint bark recipe. You can use a smaller cookie sheet for a thicker style bark (yum) as well.

  1. Line your jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips using a double boiler. It’s harder to get the right consistency melting them in the microwave. The chocolate tends to get clumpy and hard if you overheat or do something wrong.
  3. Stir in 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil (trust me – so good!).
  4. If needed, add a 1 tsp. of coconut oil to the melted chocolate to get a smoother consistency. You don’t want to add too much more, because it makes the chocolate a little softer, and when it is at room temperature it isn’t the right texture.
  5. Once melted, pour evenly over the bottom of the pan and spread with a  non-stick spatula. Invite a child to lick it clean – they will happily oblige.
  6. Pop the pan into the freezer to cool it down quickly. Wait about 30 minutes.
  7. Crush the candy canes into small pieces. I use a metal strainer to get sift the powder out of the mix (and we use it in hot chocolate). Set aside.
  8. Melt the white chocolate over the double boiler, adding a small amount of coconut oil if needed. As soon as it reaches the right consistency, pull the jelly roll pan out of the freezer and carefully pour it over the dark chocolate and spread it with a different spatula (since your kids obviously have been licking the last one.
  9. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes over top of the white chocolate and gently press it into the white chocolate. Pop it back into the freezer for a bit to harden.
  10. Break the peppermint bark apart into pieces – no size is correct. Enjoy!

Christmas Gift Ideas {for everyone!}

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I’m often asked about our favorite resources and suggestions for gifts, so I thought I’d share a few of our favorites over the years ~ for both the kids {and me too!}. Please know that this is NOT our list from this year, but rather a ones that have been birthday or Christmas gifts from us or grandparents over the years. :)

 

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Mom’s {or Dad’s} Stocking Stuffers

Here are a few of the cd’s that get constant play at our house Michael Buble’s Christmas, Mercy Me’s Generous Mr. Lovewell, Lincoln Brewster’s Real Life, and Jesus Culture ‘Come Away’.

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Books for Mom

A few of my favorite books that I’ve read lately…

~ A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia by Roseanna White

~ Here Burns my Candle and Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

~ 24 Family Ways, Ministry of Motherhood, Heartfelt DisciplineMission of Motherhood, and Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally and Clay Clarkson

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Movies for Mom

I’m a HUGE fan of period dramas, so the bulk of my dvds all hinge around Jane Austen novels and similar eras of history. Here are a few of my favorites: BBC’s Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion, the Elizabeth Gaskell collection {includes Cranford and North and South}, and then the Lark Rise to Candleford series. I {sadly} have all of the Austen-related movies…and {ahem} multiple versions of some.

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School Gadgets

The one thing that gets the biggest use? The Scotch laminator…’nuff said!

Around the House

One of my favorite things is fresh homemade bread…and reading…and taking pictures. Below are a few of the tools I love to use.

~ Bosch mixer and Nutrimill wheat grinder

~ Norpro 12” loaf pans

~ iPod Touch and iHome docking station

~ Kindle with a lighted cover

~ Canon Rebel Ti1 and 50mm lens {my ‘go-to’ lens}

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Christmas for kids

Kid’s Stocking Stuffers

We love Seeds Family Worship CDs, the Pick and Draw card game {for the whole family!} and the What’s in the Bible? dvds.

Bibles and Books for Kids

~ Little Hands-on Bible, Hands-on Bible for Kids, and the NIrV Discoverer’s Bible for Young Readers

~ Audiobooks ~ We LOVE Adventures in Odyssey and a few of these other great compilations: Chronicles of Narnia, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, and Little Women, the Bible Eyewitness Collector’s set of 36 CDs

~ For the Girls ~ American Girl series, Sisters in Time series, Nancy Drew series, and the Imagination Station series

~ For the Boys ~ the Imagination Station series and Kaleb LOVES the Usborne books that we have by Anna Milbourne

imagination station little hands on bible narnia sisters in time

Games for All

Younger Kids ~ Hi Ho Cherry O!, Chutes & Ladders, Uno, & Candyland

Older Kids ~ States Sequence, Parcheesi, regular Sequence, and Yahtzee

Everyone ~ The Wii is a favorite along with a few of these games: Outdoor Challenge, Wii Sports Resort and the Wii Fit.

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Favorite Toys

The Girls

The Boys

doll beds  dollsking's castlelegos

 

That’s a quick sum-up of the things that are used daily/weekly around our house by our family…well, minus Rick. His toys tend to be more electrically focused…namely his guitar and accessories and a fun game or two for the PS3…or the same music that seems to be on my iTouch. :)

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Most all of the links that I’ve included are to Amazon, which is where I typically do a lot of our shopping. Some of the items are linked to other sites if I know of a better deal. Most links are affiliate links, but they are all from products that we use AND love. Please know that if you purchase anything through an affiliate link, you give back a small percentage to our family…thanks!