Sunday, December 21, 2014

Peppermint Pretzel Bark - A Sweet Little Gift

Merry Christmas!

We are almost upon the day Jesus was born.  Only 3 more shopping days.  Do you have all you shopping done?  Thankfully, I can say yes, we do have all of our shopping done!  I seriously don't love last minute shopping at all!
I enjoy making our family a little something homemade each year.  We like to pass it out at our Christmas gathering while we are opening all the other gifts.  I found this yummy Christmas treat on Pinterest HERE and I knew I wanted to make some for my family this year.  It's really easy and oh so good! Dangerously good!  Thanks for the recipe Jocelyn!
There are only 3 ingredients to make this yummy treat.  See, I told you it was easy!

Peppermint Pretzel Bark
1 - bag of waffle pretzels
1 - 16 ounce package white Almond Bark
1 - box of Hershey's Chocolate Mint Candy Canes - crushed (we used 7 canes)
Line a cookie sheet with foil.  Make sure to extend your foil over the ends and edges of the pan so the foil stays in place while your working.  Lay the pretzels closely side by side to cover the entire pan as much as you can.
Melt the package of Almond Bark (use package directions). Very carefully pour the melted bark over the pretzels on the pan. I used the back of my bamboo spoon to gently spread the bark over all the pretzels. This is a little tasking but YOU CAN DO IT!  
Sprinkle with crushed candy canes over the hot bark. Let set until completely cool. Break cooled candy into bite sized pieces and fill your goodie cups or bags.
Make sure your bark is completely melted and free of lumps.  The brand I bought called for 3 tblsp of hard shortening to make it more thinned out.  I used that option for a thinner bark to work with.
My honey crushed all the candy canes for me.  He used a gallon sized baggie, not because we needed that much crushed candy, but because the bag was more sturdy to work with than a little sandwich sized baggie.  Candy canes are sharp when crushed! 
I seriously took the time to pick out all the broken pretzels to line my pan.  WHAT?  WHY?  Remember above when the directions say to BREAK into pieces....yeah....seriously DeeDee?  I'm a weirdo!  Used your broken pretzels people!  LOL!
Just to give you an example:  I made one dozen 9oz. little cups to pass out and this took two whole cookie sheets full to fill all these.
I found the treat cups at Walmart for .97 per package (6 per pkg), the red ribbon I had on hand and the little clear bags are also from Walmart.  Those are in the cake decorating section.  They are Wilton brand.  You get 25 count of bags for $2.47.
I think they turned out so cute and they were an inexpensive and easy gift to give out too.
What sweet treat did you make this year?  Do you make the same thing each year or are you like me and try something different every year?  Let me know down below.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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