Pretty Peppermint Bark

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This whimsical and pretty peppermint bark is sure to be a hit with friends and family this holiday season. Package some up for a sweet gift to give.

I love to make fun and whimsical chocolate bark, especially in the swirly style made popular by Australian baker, Katherine Sabbath. I decided this year to bring her style to my traditional peppermint bark. This colorful and crazy peppermint bark still has the classic peppermint bark flavor, but with a fun new look. If you like to give edible gifts during the holidays, this peppermint bark is fantastic for gift giving!

Pretty Peppermint Bark

To make this pretty peppermint bark, start with your chocolate candy coating, sometimes referred to as candy coating or candy melts, or you can also use almond bark. I used a vanilla candy coating as my base, to which I added pure peppermint extract. I also used red and green candy coating for a traditional Christmas color theme. To make bark, I typically use an entire package of Candiquik vanilla candy coating, and half a package each of red candy melts and green candy melts.

INGREDIENTS:

1 16oz Package Vanilla Candiquik (or vanilla Wilton Melts or almond bark)

2-4 tsps pure peppermint extract

6 oz Wilton Candy Melts Red

6 oz Wilton Candy Melts Green

DIRECTIONS:

To make your peppermint bark, you will start by melting your Candiquik, vanilla candy coating or almond bark according to the directions on the package.

Three different colors of candy coating works well, but you could use two colors or go for four colors, this is more of an idea than a specific recipe. You can add one teaspoon of peppermint flavor to each color after melting, or simply add 2-4 teaspoons of peppermint extract to the vanilla.

The fun of this candy bark comes from the swirling of your different colored candy melts together, and then sprinkling it with a variety of seasonal sprinkles and candies. The sky is the limit as to what you use for your toppings.

When you have all of your ingredients ready, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare your candy melts or almond bark according to package directions. Starting with your vanilla, place spoonfuls of candy coating onto your parchment paper. It doesn't have to be perfect; you just want to get your white spaced out around the pan. After that, drop spoonfuls of your colored candy coatings around the pan, on and around the vanilla candy coating.

Once all of your melted candy coating is on the baking sheet, you will use a stick or a knife to gently swirl your colors together. You do not want to overmix or stir, as that will blend the colors (though if that's the look you want, go for it!). Just gently use a stick (such as a lollipop stick) or knife and swirl.

Now it's time for sprinkles! This is the fun part, and there are no rules; sprinkle on as little or as much as you want! You do however need to work fairly quickly, before the candy coating sets up, in order to have all of your toppings stick to the bark. For toppings I used a variety of red and green sprinkles, M&M'S Candies, Sixlets and crushed candy canes.

Let your bark set up for a few hours until completely solid. Once it has set up, you can break it with your hands, or use a knife. I prefer the random pattern that comes from breaking the bark apart with your hands.

Place on a platter to serve or package up in containers or cellophane bags for gift giving. While it does not need to be stored in the refrigerator, you do want to store it in a cool place.

Check out my non-Christmas whimsical chocolate bark!

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Pretty Peppermint Bark

This whimsical and pretty peppermint bark is sure to be a hit with friends and family this holiday season. Package some up for a sweet gift to give.