*Disclosure: Products used in this review were provided by McCormick, however all opinions are my own.

completed bark

Every year, I have the same issue.  It is a road that starts December 1, and is paved with the best of intentions all the way to the kids’ last day of school before Christmas.  I always plan to make my child’s teachers a very special, thoughtful, and tasty treat.  And inevitably I fall victim to the holiday chaos that saps my time, minute by minute, until the last day of school arrives, and I have nothing to give them.  Bad mom alert, I know.  But THIS year…..THIS year, I am already DONE!  What?!?!  Yep.  I said it.  I’m already done making homemade goodies!  This year, Peppermint Bark saves the day!

This week, I was given the opportunity to do a review for the fabulous McCormick company.  I decided to do an amazing white chocolate peppermint bark recipe, and I am SO happy I did!  It was incredibly easy to make, and even more easy to eat!  It’s beautiful, packages easily, and makes the perfect present for teachers and bus drivers and co-workers…basically anyone you want to surprise!  Follow along as I talk you through this blissfully delicious and perfectly pretty Christmas candy!!

ingredients

What you’ll need:
1 package of white chocolate chip pieces (12 oz)
1 tsp McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
8 drops McCormick Red Food Color (I used a bit more)
½ cup crushed peppermint candies

 

Believe it or not, this candy will be ready in three easy steps.  You heard me.  Three!  NOW do you believe me when I said easy?!?!  I wouldn’t lie!

chocolate chips

Microwave chocolate chips in large microwavable bowl on HIGH for 1 minute, then stir.  Microwave an additional minute.  Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.  It will appear shiny.  Stir in peppermint extract and stir well to make sure it’s mixed through.

melted chocolate

Spread on large foil-lined baking sheet to 1/4-inch thickness – it does not have to go all the way across the baking sheet.  We’re going for thickness, not length.  Add food color, drop by drop, over mixture. Using a wooden skewer, swirl color through chocolate. Sprinkle with crushed candies, pressing lightly into chocolate with spatula.

chocolate on baking sheet

red food coloring

swirling chocolate

sprinkling peppermint

Refrigerate about 10 minutes or until firm. Break into irregular pieces to serve.

refrigerated bark

Store in covered container at cool room temperature or in refrigerator up to 5 days – though there is zero chance that will happen in my house.  Yours either.  Don’t worry…I won’t judge  : )

As I said before, this McCormick recipe is as simple as it is pretty!  And it is guaranteed to elicit ooohs and ahhhs from anyone you surprise with it.  Want my advice?  Better go ahead and make two batches because one is definitely not going to be enough.  Trust me!  Happy eating!