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Saved by the Stripes (Recipe: Peppermint Bark)

November 28, 2012
by Jackie Garvin

I lived through the era of the aluminum Christmas trees that looked nothing like Christmas trees. We even had a color wheel that you would shine on the aluminum tree making it look even less like a Christmas tree as it changed to every color in the rainbow.  My mother loved this tree, however.  After it was set up in front of the picture window, she would make us all stand on the sidewalk and look at it.  It still didn’t look like a Christmas tree to me.

Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime, we ditched the aluminum tree for a real tree. It not only looked like  a Christmas tree, it smelled like one, too!

I was in Heaven. But just for a short while.  My mother decided that all the tree decorations would be blue.  Blue. Not green. Not red. Not even silver or gold. All blue.

She did bend just a little and let us put candy canes on the tree.  Real candy canes that were red and white stripped, just as candy canes should be. Those candy canes brought just enough tradition amidst the sea of contemporary blue decorations,  to give the tree a Christmasy feel.  I’m eternally grateful to peppermint’s red and white stripes.

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Peppermint Bark

Inspired by Food Network 

You can’t have too much red and white striped peppermint at Christmas. Peppermint and chocolate is a great flavor combination.  Peppermint Bark has the visual appeal of red and white stripes and the palate appeal of chocolate and mint.  Score!!

Deceptively easy, this gorgeous candy makes wonderful gifts.

12 ounces Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate baking squares

3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

16 ounces Baker’s Premium white chocolate baking  squares

15 round peppermint candies (or an equal amount of candy canes), crushed

Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with foil.  Spray with nonstick spray.

Place milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave until chocolate is 75% melted, stirring after each minute.  Remove from microwave and continue stirring until completely melted.   Stir in peppermint extract.  Pour into prepared dish.  Let sit until chocolate starts to harden.

Place white chocolate in microwave safe bowl.  Microwave until 75% melted, stirring after each minute. Remove from microwave and stir until white chocolate is melted.  Pour over milk chocolate.

Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top of white chocolate.  Press candy gently into the chocolate.

Let sit at room temperature until firm, at least one hour.  I let it sit overnight.

Remove from baking dish by grabbing the foil.

Break into pieces.  Store in airtight container.

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  1. November 28, 2012 7:31 pm

    Looks amazing! I bet your Christmas tree is incredible now! Nettie <3

    • November 28, 2012 11:05 pm

      Thanks, Nettie! I will say my Christmas tree looks like a Christmas tree. No aluminum trees here. :)

  2. November 28, 2012 8:34 pm

    This bark makes me feel all Christmasy and I’m feeling a need to put up a tree. :)

  3. Heather permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:30 am

    We had an aluminum tree for years on our front porch as well, along with the colored light. Boy what memories that brings back for me.

  4. Mary Ann permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:37 am

    Oh yummy! I usually make just the white bark but this year I am going to try your approach for a fancy touch!

  5. Jean permalink
    November 29, 2012 9:51 am

    We too had a silver Christmas tree. I thought that was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. It must have been the designer in me then! Cedar…is what smells like Christmas to me and is what Daddy used to cut and that’s what we had until the new fangled tree. Never take me with you to cut or pick out a tree. It’s never big enough even when you cant get it in the house! I just might make some of that peppermint yummy stuff!!

    • November 29, 2012 2:41 pm

      Jean,

      There was a house that was on our local Holiday Home Tour one year that had their entire house decorated in 60′s theme. They had silver trees of every size all throughout the house. You would have loved it!

  6. November 29, 2012 10:41 am

    I love your story! My mother always had a white tree and blue ornaments. Look more like a Hannukah tree than Christmas to me! We love peppermint bark around here! Thanks for sharing.

    • November 29, 2012 2:38 pm

      Jenni,

      I love traditional Christmas trees so much I really can’t relate to someone wanting to get so far away from that. :)

  7. November 29, 2012 5:01 pm

    Aluminum and color wheel, that’s been a while. the peppermint bark looks very good.

  8. November 30, 2012 1:12 am

    Had to pop back over after you visited my blog … peppermint bark sounds YUMMY (I may live to regret my visit … I saw at the bottom a link to … divinity! Then … Pralines!!! And finally …. Peanut Brittle!!! I can get into a LOT of trouble visiting your blog, lol, but they all sound yummy!!!

    My grandma had a tiny aluminum tree. It was ok …. but I’m with you. I want to see real green and LOTS of colors! Not just blue. If I ever have a bunch of trees maybe I’ll do a themed one in just a few colors, but I like my country tree with a huge variety of handmade ornaments, added over the years. :) Merry Christmas, y’all! :)

    • November 30, 2012 10:32 am

      I’m delighted you came back for a visit. We love having you and hope you come to see us often!

      I wish you and your family and loved ones a very Merry Christmas. May God richly bless. :)

  9. December 6, 2012 3:42 pm

    i can’t understand why we only really eat peppermint goodies around christmas. they’re delicious! we should eat them every day! year round! :)

    • December 8, 2012 7:28 am

      Grace,

      I keep peppermint candy in my candy jar year round. It’s too good to be seasonal! :)

  10. Stacy Adkins permalink
    December 11, 2013 12:04 pm

    I had the same tree and color light growing up, hated it ! Now that I’m older I wish I had one again , as a second tree !! It brings back so many
    good memories.

    • December 11, 2013 3:34 pm

      For a touch of nostalgia, an aluminum tree would be great. But when you replace a real Christmas tree with one made out of tin foil, it causes psychological trauma. :)

  11. December 11, 2013 2:05 pm

    I remember Dad bringing home the aluminum tree with the color wheel. boy, were us kids mad at him for doing that!

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