Wouldn't it be nice if you could get a little something for your co-workers, neighbours and acquaintances? Or maybe a nice hostess gift for a spur of the moment Christmas get together? Well, the Candy Cane Bark idea that we found on Lindsay's blog was the perfect answer last year. B and I whipped up our own variation using semi-sweet chocolate, peppermint extract, white chocolate and broken up candy cane bits! It's easy to do!
1. Melt down the semi-sweet chocolate in a doubel boiler (or whatever type of chocolate you prefer. I'd recommend Baker's Chocolate or something of equal or better quality. Lindsay and I both learned this the hard way), add peppermint extract if you wish, and then pour it over wax paper on a cookie sheet, using a spatula to spread it out. Stick it in the freezer to harden.
2. While that sets, melt down the white chocolate using the double boiler and stir in some peppermint extract to taste. Once thats melted (and your other chocolate is set) pour your white chocolate on top quickly (using a spatula to spread) and sprinkle your broken candy cane bits on top. Stick in freezer to harden.
3. Once it's all set break it up. I used my hands to just snap it up. If this is the route you choose, make sure you spread the chocolate thin or you'll have a hard time breaking it up!
4. Package all pretty like Lindsay did....
I knew I'd be whipping up a few batches this year, as it was a hit with my coworkers last year, and we found it to be a great hostess gift when placed into a pretty tin. So I headed over to Etsy last week and ordered some Glassine Bags and Bakers Twine from Sweet Pea's Treat Shop.
All I have left to do is design some pretty little sticker labels to help package up everything all pretty. I cannot wait to deliver these little goodies to my coworkers! It's nice to be able to give a little something to everyone without busting the bank!
Anyone else tempted to try this easy little gift idea? Do you have another homemade gift or recipe that you turn to every year for easy gift giving? Would love to hear what some of you have up your sleeves!