it’s beginning to taste a lot like christmas

I need to talk to you.

In case you didn’t know, big things are happening around here.

It’s officially Christmas time.  Lights are being hung, the halls are being decked, trees are being purchased, and Rebecca Black is releasing new singles.  It’s not even a Christmas single, but you’ll probably still enjoy it.  We all have our guilty pleasures…  Mine just happens to be young girls who can’t sing but choose to do so about carnival romances and thirteen-year-old skater boys.

If you prefer holiday jingles to pop icons who’ll probably go to rehab within the next few years, I hear the Bieber’s new Christmas album is sure to rock your socks off.  I hope to find his plastic-covered face in my stocking this year.  Or this flavor changing gum.  Just because.

But alas, I need to talk to you about the holidays.  About the parties, advent calendar chocolates, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

I need to talk to you about chocolate sprinkled with peppermint.  About how it makes up for the cold-sleety-snowy-rainy-wintery mix outside.

About how it makes everything all better.

I really like what’s going on here.  Big honkin’ flakes of swirly, twirly bits of peppermint and chocolate.  Really, I don’t care what you do the rest of the day…  Just make this ASAP.

Oh, I think you dropped your jaw somewhere.  Don’t worry, luckily I found it.  It was hiding over in the corner near this tray of peppermint bark.

There’s a reason why sweatpants are considered the “it” wardrobe choice during Christmas.  Just sayin’.

White & Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

(yields about 25 pieces)


7 oz (200g) dark chocolate

7 oz (200g) white chocolate

About 3/4 cup (3o pieces) peppermint candies, crushed


Place wax paper on a large sheet pan and set aside on counter top.  Bring a pot filled about halfway to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and place a glass bowl on top.  Place dark chocolate in the bowl and melt, stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes very smooth.

Remove chocolate from the heat and pour onto the prepared wax paper.  Spread evenly and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set.

While the first layer sets, bring the same pot of water to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.  Place the white chocolate pieces in the glass bowl and set on top of the pot to heat.  Stir until completely melted and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, place the peppermint candies in a food processor and pulse 5-10 times or until broken into tiny pieces.  Set aside.  Remove dark chocolate from the refrigerator.

Pour cooled white chocolate over top and smooth out with a spatula.  Sprinkle with peppermint candy pieces, gently pressing them into chocolate so they stick.  Place the sheet back in the fridge to harden for another 20 minutes.

Break apart and serve.

Nutritional information: 120 calories, 7g fat (4 sat), 13.5g carbs, 1.5g protein
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15 Responses to “it’s beginning to taste a lot like christmas”
  1. nicolaswarren says:

    I couldn’t have asked for a better blog entry on my birthday. I love how your idea of rebellion is making chocolate treats. You’re fantastic.

  2. Hey that’s a lovely bark.. Sad that there are no Christmas celebrations or snow in our part of the world but it’s so nice to see all of that on the blogosphere.. Please keep such posts coming. And thanks for visiting me :)


    What a super easy recipe! I’ll be making this ASAP :)

  4. ohshineon says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments. These chocolatey treats were gone in about 24 hours… my roommates were practically begging for me to make more!

    I just whipped up another batch earlier today to give as a Christmas present to some friends of mine (this one has red & green M&Ms!) More posts on peppermint bark are coming soon, with new adaptions and ingredients!

  5. Asmita says:

    The chocolate peppermint bark looks insanely yummy! the pictures are awesome and I wish I could have some now.

  6. Mary says:

    What a great present to make for everyone – easy, quick, and amazingly pretty. Just the thing to give to others, bring to a party, or just put a smile on your face.

  7. SarahCupcake says:

    I love chocolate bark. And I’ve got about a thousand candy canes lying around that need a good home, if you know what I mean :)

    • ohshineon says:

      Though it’s post-Christmas… it’s never ever too late to make a batch of peppermint bark. Fair warning, snag some pieces yourself because the entire thing will disappear in about four hours… well, maybe if I’m there.

  8. That stuff is sooooo good. I make it every year and half of it never leaves my apt…haha! Yours looks a lot prettier than mine though!

  9. Blah! This bark looks insanely delicious! Awesome recipe girl!

  10. These look incredible! And they are so easy to make. I love the swirlyness of the chocolate underneath the peppermint, it’s so pretty. I’ll definitely be trying this soon.

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