This post was brought to you by McCormick. All opinions and yummy treats made are completely and totally my own.
Have you started your holiday baking yet? We’ve already had several of our family gatherings here at Two Kids and a Coupon and with a charity bake sale this weekend and several more events on our calendar, I’ll be busy in the kitchen quite a bit over the next few weeks.
I always enjoy making sweet treats for our family and friends at the holidays and this week our friends at McCormick asked us to try out a homemade Peppermint Bark recipe. Here’s how to make it.
Serves: Makes 12 servings, 2 to 3 pieces each.
- 1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
- 8 drops McCormick® Red or Green Food Color
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
Step 1: Microwave the white chocolate chips in large microwavable bowl on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until almost melted, stirring after 1 minute. The bowl will be hot when you get it out of the microwave, so if you’re having kids helping, be sure a grown up does this part. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth, then stir in the McCormick peppermint extract.
Step 2: On a large foil large foil-lined baking sheet, spread out the melted chocolate to a 1/4-inch thickness. Add a few drops of red or green food color drop by drop over mixture and using a wooden skewer, swirl the color through chocolate. Next sprinkle the chocolate with crushed peppermints, pressing them lightly into chocolate with spatula.
Step 3: Refrigerate your Peppermint Bark until firm and break into pieces. You can store it an a covered container at cool room temperature or in refrigerator up to 5 days before serving.
I had a four year old helper while making this batch, so our finished product probably wasn’t as pretty as what it could have been. When I make it again, I’ll definitely crush the peppermints into tinier bits and probably use peppermints versus crushed candy canes. My “assistant” was distraught I was ruining perfectly good candy canes and wouldn’t let me break them up any further without serious tears, LOL. So, while our peppermint chunks were a little large, the final product was still extremely delicious, and this was a very quick and easy treat that you can make in minutes, even when you have pint sized chefs assisting you in the kitchen.