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Monday, December 13, 2010

Tis’ The the Time to Give–12 Days of Christmas Day 1

It is 12 days before Christmas and this is the start of my holiday baking.  I always make a gift basket for our family friends and family for Christmas.  Last year I wasn’t good about it and made stuff last minute.  This year I’m a little more organized and I started early.  I wanted to share the various goodies I am making for my loved ones. 


For the first day of Christmas, I made bark.  I always make bark because 1. It is easy, 2. I am able to get rid of the random stuff in my pantry.  This year I made two barks.  I had a lot of chocolate in the house and I wanted to use all of it.  The first one I made was peppermint bark and the other one was a potpourri of nuts and coconut. 

Peppermint Bark

1 Lb of White Chocolate

12 Candy canes Crushed


  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or just a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  2. Once all the chocolate is melted, add the candy canes. 
  3. Spread out the mixture on a sheet of wax paper and let it set.  It may take a couple hours.  I normally let it sit overnight.
  4. Break in smaller pieces
  5. Serve.

You could easily do this with any chocolate and add ins.  The other bark I had a canister of mixed nuts at home and I just poured a bunch of nuts and coconuts. 



Peppermint Bark


Misc Bark


  1. I'd love the peppermint bark for sure. I love white chocolate and peppermint. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh I love peppermint bark. Have to fight my hubs for it every year. Maybe I'll make a double batch. Awesome on the gift organizing!

  3. What a fun tradition. I'll look forward to all 12.

  4. I love peppermint bark, but have never made it. Sounds so easy, and I give food gifts as well. I'm going to add this to my gift making.

  5. I love peppermint bark! What a simple recipe. I'd love to try it with different types of chocolate too - I bet a nice dark chocolate would be great with the peppermint.

  6. I'm with you on the ease of bark.. I just made some for a Christmas party actually! Great minds think alike :)