, Gloucester, MA


November 27, 2012

A homemade gift from your kitchen

It’s that time of year when we start thinking of major gift-giving, and a big part of that for many of us are homemade gifts from our kitchens.

My preference is to make and freeze as much as I can in the first week or two in December; I am better prepared when plans are made for office parties, class parties in school, and many other occasions that happen at this time of year. Don’t let it overwhelm you, because it’s just too much fun, and after the-fact, you’re left with some real good memories. If I can help with searching for a particular recipe, or in any other way, just email me.

For those looking for a good candy recipe for that candy swap or bake sale, here’s one you may want to try. This chocolate bark has a festive look with the crushed peppermint candy on top. The recipe makes a scant 2 pounds so I usually have to double it at least.

Peppermint Bark

Makes about 2 pounds


12 ounces high quality semi-sweet chocolate

1 pound white chocolate with cocoa butter

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

3/4 cup candy canes or peppermint candy, crushed

Line a 15-by-10 inch jelly roll pan with foil extended over sides. Grease foil with non-stick spray.

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium-low heat. Pour evenly into pan and smooth with offset spatula. Sprinkle with one-quarter cup peppermint candy. Place in refrigerator until firm.

Heat white chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium-low heat until chocolate is almost melted. Remove insert from pan and stir until completely melted. Stir in extract. Cool slightly. Pour over chocolate layer and spread quickly to cover. Sprinkle with one-half cup crushed candy.

Chill until both layers are firm. Lift foil out of pan and shake off excess candy.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Your news, your way
Pictures of the Week
Comments Tracker
AP Entertainment Videos
Adam Levine Launches Clothing Line for Women Paul Wesley Sinks His Teeth Into Directing Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Josh Thompson Streams Album to Hook New Fans Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast ShowBiz Minute: Singer, Young, Poehler Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Nas Movie Opens Tribeca Film Festival Zooey Deschanel Adds Designing to Her Repertoire Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Hits the Big Screen Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Swift's Bus Drives Into Country Hall of Fame ShowBiz Minute: Cyrus, Walker, Combs Pedro Pascal Plays 'Game of Thrones'' Red Viper Deeley Shows Acting Chops in Hulu's 'Deadbeat' Ora Strips Efron at MTV Awards ShowBiz Minute: MTV Awards, Lopez, Royals Stars Hit Red Carpet for MTV Movie Awards Conan Backs Colbert, Hosts MTV Movie Awards