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This is quick gift. You can make it in a jiffy if you find yourself with a holiday party to go to or need a last minute gift. It's really yummy.

We actually used vanilla flavored almond bark because that was what was available at our local supermarket.

{Makes 1 1/4 pounds of bark}

You'll need:

  • 20 small candy canes
  • One 16 to 20 ounce package of white chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil
  • A adult help


  • A large microwave-safe bowl
  • A large spoon
  • A large knife
  • A cutting board
  • A gallon-size plastic zipper bag
  • A rolling pin, heavy ice cream scoop or mallet
  • Hot pads
  • A cookie sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Decorative box or paper plate and plastic wrap.

      1. Ask mom or whoever's helping you to cut the white chocolate into cubes.
      2. Place the cubes in the bowl and microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes. The chocolate will be very hot so it's best to have your adult helper check to see if the chocolate is totally melted. If not, put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.
      3. While the chocolate is melting, put the candy canes in a gallon zipper bag and crush them. You should wind up with some peppermint chunks and a bunch of peppermint powder. Put some of the chunks aside to decorate the top of the bark.
      4. Lay a piece of wax paper out on the cookie sheet.
      5. When the chocolate is melted, ask mom to remove it from the microwave. Make sure she uses the hot pads because the chocolate will be really hot.
      6. Quickly mix in the candy cane powder and the peppermint oil.
      7. Turn the candy out onto the wax-papered cookie sheet.
      8. Spread the candy out about as thick as a store bought candy bar. Ask mom for help if you need it.
      9. Press the peppermint chunks into the bark.
      10. Let the bark set up in a cool place. If you're in a hurry, you can put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
      11. When the bark is solid, peel the wax paper off the back. Break into chunks that are about 2 by 3 inches.
      12. If you're using a decorative box, put a piece of wax paper in that covers the bottom and sticks over the sides. Once you've filled the box, flip the wax paper over the top and cover. If you're using a plate, arrange the bark and cover with plastic wrap.

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