Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Peppermint Bark Christmas Candy

We don’t do the holiday sweet making that many folks do, mostly because we’re not big sweets eaters, but also because we don’t need the calories and there’s usually no one here to eat them. This year, since 5 of the grandchildren will be around, Bev decided to make a candy she really likes. The recipe came to us from Bev's sister-in-law, who said it's been a big hit for the 30 years she's been making it.  It’s very easy and something I’m sure the little ones will enjoy eating. We bought the ingredients from Sugarbakers, in Knoxville, which is a candy making and cake baking supply store.

Peppermint Bark
Marva Kay Briscoe

2 lbs White chocolate (we used wafers)
8 oz Mint candy chips (they are red and green)

· Melt the white chocolate in the microwave – only 30 seconds at a time – stir in between – don’t get it too hot. (Bev made a double boiler by setting a bowl over a pan of boiling water and preferred this method, as it’s less risky).
· Stir in the mint candy  – you can also smash up peppermint candy canes.
· Spread out very thin on wax paper, it will set up on its own at room temperature.
· After it cools, break in to chunks, just like peanut brittle.

Bev added 8 drops of peppermint oil to the second batch to make it a little more minty and she preferred it.

Here it is cooling on the counter

And in the bag ready to dive into.

I’m not a fan of white chocolate, but even I thought it was pretty good. Making it is also an activity that adults and kids could easily do together.

Bev also made a few nutty candies by drizzling some of the chocolate over piles of chopped pecans before she added the peppermint candy to the chocolate.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.



  1. Mmm yes. I'm sure this will be a big hit! Can't go wrong with some peppermint bark!

  2. I'm not a fan of white chocolate either but do seem to love it with pepperment. Peppermint bark is delicious and we also bought some white chocolate peppermint covered pretzels a couple of weeks ago. Delicious. Wish I had time to make some candy this year.

  3. We don't make sweets like others do either Larry for the same reason you don't.

    One Christmas we worked at Williams Sonoma in Palm Beach and I passed out peppermint bark at the front door. Everyone loved it and most everyone bought a box. How great that you've made it a home.

  4. I love peppermint bark! Wouldn't this be good for breakfast :)

  5. I LOVE peppermint bark! It's just not Christmas without it.

  6. Having the grandchildren around will be fun, but I'll bet you'll be exhausted. That candy looks great, not the least reason being because it's nice and easy!

  7. Larry, The peppermint bark candy Bev made is a real winner. Laurie loved it too much...and it's gone! It's just about her favorite candy. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  8. Love that bark! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas Larry. Thanks for being you!!

  9. Oh, I could become addicted to this!

  10. Dude, you were about 5 minutes from my office and didn't stop by? Next time you're in the North Knox area call me and I'll take you guys to lunch!


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