This past weekend, Kate and I were talking about trying to find some indoor activities to do during the winter. She loves spending time in the kitchen, so I thought it may be nice to start letting her get her hands dirty and find some things that she can pretty much make on her own. Since Christmas is coming, it's the perfect time for treat making, so I thought it would be good for her to start with something easy like White Chocolate Peppermint Bark! My 11 year old made this on her own from start to finish, and I couldn't be more proud! It's beautiful and mouthwatering delicious!!!
I went on a search for a double boiler, and couldn't find one anywhere, then found this awesome candy melting pot made by Wilton at Michaels Craft Store. It's amazing, and makes melting chocolate so simple! It's also easy for her to use!
Look at that delicious melted chocolate! We went with milk chocolate chips for the bottom layer of our bark.
Once your chocolate chips are melted, simply pour the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Use a rubber spatula to spread it out as thin as you can. Put it in your refrigerator for about 45 minutes or until completely cooled and hardened.
For the next layer, repeat the melting process, but use white chocolate chips. We used two bags for each layer. You will also need crushed candy cane...you can either buy already crushed pieces or use a package of unwrapped candy canes in a baggie, and smash them with a hammer...Kate really enjoyed this part!
Once the white chocolate chips are melted, pour most (reserve just a little bit) of the crushed candy cane into the melted white chocolate and stir together! Pour on top of the milk chocolate layer and smooth it out and sprinkle with the remaining peppermint pieces, then place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Now, cut or break into squares or shards and share with your friends and family! These would make a great gift for a teacher or neighbor!
If you like dark chocolate, simply change out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate!
I'm so proud of my sweet Kate! Did I mention that she is 11, and other than having me hold the pot while she scraped the rest of the chocolate onto the cookie sheet, she made these all by herself! That's my girl!
Earlene Nesselrote says
I made this recipe for my Son and Daughter and now that my grandchildren are teenagers they are asking grandma to make this recipe for them again.
It brings back a lot of happy memories and that’s what we hope that the holidays bring to all the families this Christmas season. Earlene
This makes me so happy! Traditions that last generation after generation are the best, and anything that peeks the interest of teenagers is a pure blessing these days ;) Happy Holidays, Earlene! xoxo, Jess