Chocolate Peppermint Drops

Besides baking cookies and mini breads for gift giving, I also make quick-n-easy candies. Almond bark is responsible for the latter. You can make all sorts of yummy treats for filling tins and bags. Although there is also chocolate almond bark, I prefer the vanilla flavored for its versatility. This year, besides the usual pretzels and peanuts variety, I tried something different for those who may be allergic to nuts.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Chocolate Peppermint Drops

2 pkgs. mini candy canes
1 pkg. vanilla almond bark
1 pkg. Hersey’s Special Dark semi-sweet chips
waxed paper

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Directions:
1. Unwrap candy canes and place in large Ziplock bag. Whack them into little pieces with a small mallet or smooth-sided meat tenderizer.
2. Break up the almond bark into several sections and place half of them into a glass baking pan. Nuke ’em as directed on package.
3. Add half of crushed candy and half of chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon until well blended.

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4. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and let set for 15-20 minutes. Sample one and then put them into tins or bags for giving. 🙂
5. Scrub spoon and pan with hot water and soap, dry, and make the second batch. (Years ago, my impatient self tried melting all the bark at once in a big bowl, but it cooled and stiffened before I could drop all the spoonfuls.)

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Options: 1) substitute white chocolate chips or don’t add any chocolate at all; 2) use non-stick candy molds for a more professional look.

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Thought of the Week: Dad, the patriarch of the family, initially requested that each of us invite him and Mom over to view our Christmas trees and have a little hot cider. Then, before we knew it, he manuveured us into having full-on meals for everyone. We sighed and gave in with wry smiles, as if we had nothing else to do, like helping others and finishing shopping, wrapping presents, and baking…We indulge our parents now as they indulged us for so many years. In love, all is fair.

mom and dad with mer 2012

(Mom and Dad with daughter Merideth)

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About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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4 Responses to Chocolate Peppermint Drops

  1. mskatykins says:

    I don’t really know what the bark stuff is (I’ll google it to see if it’s easily made) but this sounds like a cracking recipe! I want to try it! 🙂 Great post, as always and a lovely photo to accompany it! 🙂

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    • Cyranette says:

      Holy cow, that was a quick response!! You may not have the almond bark stuff over there; it may be called something different. But, it would be in the baking section usually by the bags of chocolate chips, etc. A craft’s store might also have it at this time of year. Have a lovely Christmas, sweetie! 🙂

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  2. jmmcdowell says:

    Mmm, goodies like this are perfect for grab bag gifts and holiday potlucks! Chocolate and peppermint go perfectly with Christmas. 🙂

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    • Cyranette says:

      Exactly, Jenni! I handed out a big bag of them to a favorite restaurant’s kitchen staff and was thanked profusely the next day – not with a free meal or anything 🙂 but with big smiles, which can’t be beat!

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