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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Snowflake Peppermint Chocolate Bark

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What do you give someone who has everything? Or who has requested only consumable presents? Or who you need a present for his/her stocking? Or to give your family and yourself as a Christmas treat?

Snowflake Peppermint Chocolate Bark 

Snowflake Peppermint Chocolate Bark is much easier to make than it looks.  A beautiful Christmas candy made from two kinds of chocolate!  How can you go wrong with chocolate for friends who have everything, and who you know have a passion for chocolate? 

Each Christmas eight of us gather together to celebrate Christmas and our life-long friendships.  Five of us began teaching together thirty-six years ago, and the other three are also teacher friends with whom we began teaching with over twenty years ago. We all retired from the same high school, but not the same year. All during the year we meet periodically for lunch to celebrate each other's birthdays and to catch up on one another's lives. Then we meet in December for our Christmas celebration, including exchanging small gifts.  

The chocolate peppermint candy bark is a small gift, but was presented as a beautiful handmade snowflake with special wrapping and a snowflake cookie cutter. 

I have to admit I have a fondness for presenting small gifts in clear plastic bags tied with ribbons and/or gift tags. Presentation, presentation, presentation! 

After making the candy, I placed one piece inside a clear plastic bag and tied the bag with a color coordinated ribbon. While the snowflake candies are not extremely delicate, a metal cookie cutter inside the bag with the candy could scrape and mark the piece of candy or possibly break one of the branches of the star.  

Therefore, a snowflake cookie cutter that was used to make the chocolate peppermint bark was tied outside the clear bag to the back of the bag using red and white kitchen twine.

I made a few extra to give to other friends and to place inside some Christmas stockings. 

Served on a beautiful Christmas decorated plate, the candy would be great for seasonal parties or even for parties all during the winter. 

The super easy recipe is from Rachel at Baked By Rachel.  She used a silicone mold that makes six snowflakes, but I used a cookie cutter as described in the recipe.  The hardest part of my recipe was removing the snowflake candy from the metal cookie cutter.  Rachel describes how easy it was to remove her snowflakes from the silicon mold making me want to buy a silicon mold for making this recipe again in the future. 

Joyeux Noël 
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