Last Minute Gift: Peppermint Bark In Enticing Boxes
As much as I try to pretend it’s not true, it’s go time. It’s time to make Christmas happen, it’s coming ready or not. Because of this I ran out and put together this very quick gift for the great number of people I want to express my kind feelings for.
I love peppermint bark and have received it as a gift in the past and if I only had 2 or 3 people I wanted to express my kind feelings for, I’d buy this option at Williams-Sonoma. But at $39.50 for a set of two, I have kind feelings for way too many people to go that route. Instead I created my own and spent just under $30 to make 12 gifts and the kids helped.
Here’s an easy recipe for peppermint bark. I like mine layered with milk chocolate and white chocolate, so I use these candy melts for ease. The process is pretty much the same only while your first layer of milk chocolate is in the freezer, you melt the white chocolate and then layer it on top.
Here’s the first layer.
Surprise! I forgot to take a picture of the second layer on it’s own. But here it is with the crushed peppermint on top.
Crushing the peppermint sticks is the perfect job for kids, just put them in 3 or 4 layers of freezer bags. Even then I had a little peppermint dust on my counters.
Don’t put away that mallet, you’ll need your kid’s help again later.
I decided to drizzle some milk chocolate on top of my bark because I think it looks nicer. Here it is fresh from the freezer and ready to be broken (with the mallet, just put a layer of wax paper over the top of the bark).
Doesn’t it look lovely?
To package the bark, I went to Michael’s and browsed the Martha craft line and passed out when I saw how much her food packaging kits are. So instead I bought these white boxes (3 for $1.99), some sticker labels (on clearance for $1), striped twine and paper like this to line my boxes.
Mine say Merry Christmas From The Summers but you can write whatever politically correct greeting you’d like on top. Also you don’t have to make yours from The Summers.
I ran out of twine and labels with the last few boxes I had. So I used red grosgrain ribbon and these mailing labels I love.
This project took me about two hours, not including time waiting for the bark to set up in the freezer. The part that took the longest was putting the (stupid) boxes together, their assembly is far more complicated than it needs to be.
So I have those gifts done but, as always, I still have to run out to the store for some last minute purchases.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!