Friday, December 7, 2012

peppermint bark snowflakes party!


 It's Christmas time & we all need quick tips for homemade holiday goodies and gifts that are simple yet impressive. This one hits all the marks.
 The hardest part of these no bake treats is tying the bows for the packaging. And who doesn't love the Christmas classic of peppermint bark with milk chocolate, white chocolate & CANDY CANES?!
 These would be great little treats for teachers, neighbors and friends. You could also tie one onto a package or add a few to your Christmas cookie platters.

I bought my silicone molds at etsy.com last year. The person I bought them from is no longer on etsy but THIS is the exact same mold. I bought an extra one & I'M SHARING! See giveaway below!

To crush the candy canes I placed them in a ziploc bag and smashed them with the handle of a big knife. Then I sifted out the candy cane dust & gave the big pieces another whack. I sprinkled each snowflake with some bigger pieces & some candy cane dust.
 Be careful with the peppermint oil, mine is VERY strong & you don't want to over do it! I bought mine at Baker's C&C, which is a local cake decorating store, but it may be available at a grocery store. Add ONE drop at a time & taste test before adding another drop.

Peppermint Bark Snowflakes
inspired by Baked By Rachel's 2010 blog post
 makes 6 peppermint snowflakes

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped Candiquik Vanilla Candy Coating
6-8 drops peppermint OIL (not extract)
6-8 mini candy canes, crushed

1. Melt milk chocolate chips. I use a small plastic bowl in the microwave.  On medium power, cook for 1 minute & stir, repeat at 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Stir in 3-4 drops of peppermint oil, to taste.

2. Spoon melted milk chocolate into each mold to completely cover the bottom, 2-4 teaspoons, depending on how thick you want your bark. If needed, use the tip of a knife to spread it around a bit to make sure all of the edges & corners are covered with chocolate. Allow chocolate to set. You can move the mold on a cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to speed up the process.

4. Melt white candy coating in a plastic bowl in the microwave. On medium power, cook for 1 minutes & stir. Repeat at 30 second intervals until melted & smooth. Stir in 3-4 drops of peppermint oil, to taste.

5. Spoon 2-4 teaspoons melted candy coating into each mold over the set milk chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Allow chocolate to set. You can move it to the refrigerator to speed up the process.

6. Remove the snowflakes from the silicone mold. They come out very easy by bending the silicone mold and peeling it away from the peppermint snowflake.
 7. Wrap them up in cellophane bags, tie with a ribbon & give them to your favorite people!

 P.S. be careful melting chocolate & candy coating in the microwave. If you over cook it you'll have to toss it & start over.

**GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED**

To celebrate CHRISTMAS, SNOWFLAKES & PEPPERMINT I'm giving away a silicone snowflake mold and a 16 ounce package of Vanilla Candiquik to one lucky winner. Giveaway closes Wednesday, December 12!

To enter all you need to do is STEP 1. "Like" Sprinkle Some Sunshine on FACEBOOK AND STEP 2. Come back to this blog post and leave a comment telling me what your favorite HOLIDAY TREAT is. If you already like Sprinkle Some Sunshine on FB then just leave your holiday treat comment here! To leave a comment click below where it says "1 comment" (or whatever number ) & a comment box will pop up. A random winner will be selected and notified 12/12/12.

48 comments:

  1. Oh My Gosh Deea! These look so good and they are so stinking cute! I love anything with peppermint in it! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy Holidays!
    Rita

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    1. Thanks, Rita!! Me too, I LOVE peppermint! Have you tried the peppermint chocolate chip shake at Chik-fil-a? It's sooooo good! I put some of this peppermint oil in my Scentsy warmer tonight & my house smells like the candy cane forest! I love it! Merry Christmas!

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  2. I make cranberry almond bark during the holidays to pass out to all my nail clients. They love it so much that they start asking about it right after Thanksgiving! It's a pampered chef receipe. I really like it because it's lighter than most barks because you add rice krispies to it. Of course I have to eat all the crumbs that are left after you break it up!! I would LOVE to try this snowflake bark!! Looks very YUMMY!! :) But, everything you make looks yummy!!

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    1. Hi April! Your Pampered Chef cranberry almond bark sounds SO good! I'm going to google it & add it to my to-do list! :)

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  3. My favorite holiday treat is Pumpkin Cream Cheese roll. It just isn't the holidays till I have had me some.

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    1. dizzybloom(at)gmail(dot)com is my email. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.

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    2. Can you believe I've never made a pumpkin roll? My sister is kind of famous for them & they look intimidating. I've been wanting to try it & my family LOVES pumpkin! Thanks for stopping by & sharing!

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  4. My favorite treat is Peppermint bark and I am in love with those molds! alijwest at gmail dot com. Hope you have a great holiday.

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    1. Hi Alicia, I'm so glad you like the snowflake mold! I think they are also available at Amazon.com if you don't happen to win this one. :)

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  5. Waiting very impatiently for Mom's brown sugar cinnamon kringle!

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    1. YUM! I hope you get your sugar cinnamon kringle SOON!!

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  6. Liked you on facebook! My favorite Christmas treat is one that I love so much I make it anytime of year now and that's no bake oatmeal cookies also known to my family as boiled cookies. The recipe is on my blog and they are SO addictive!

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    1. Welcome! I grew up on no bake oatmeal cookies too & LOVE them!

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  7. Well I can't like you on facebook because I don't have one, but this was so adorable! i haven't yet played with silicon molds and its on my list to try ! My favorite treat though is dark chocolate peppermint ice cream! total weakness!

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  8. I LOVE toffee! If there is toffee in the house, it's all mine.

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    1. OH ME TOO! LOVE Toffee!! I'm somewhat candy-thermometer-challenged so my success is hit & miss with making it. Do you have a great recipe? If so send it my way, please! :)

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  9. My favorite treat for the holidays is buckeyes! I will have to try this peppermint bark-looks delicious and I love it in the snowflake mold!

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    1. YES! I made 7 dozen of pb balls/buckeyes today! They are one of my VERY top tier faves too! My mom always made them & so do I.

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  10. How cute! Would love to make peppermint patties with which is my favorite holiday treat!

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    1. YUM! I see a trend! I like ALL treats, lol! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I like you on Facebook! Favorite holiday treat is anythign with choclate and peppermint!! My favs!!

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  12. Hi,

    You have a wonderful blog !
    My all time favourite holiday treat is " COOKIES ".
    I liked you in Facebook..

    Happy Holidays !

    Shree
    Ongoing Event at my blog : http://easycooknbake.blogspot.com/2012/12/event-announcement-hot-beverages-and.html

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  13. Oh I just LOVE your blog! I was looking for a recipe for Peanut Butter Balls on Pinterest and found your recipe and blog. I am following you on Pinterest, liked you on Facebook and am going to read every recipe you have on your blog tonight. I share the same love of "reading" cookbooks. One of my favorite things to do next to cooking.
    My favorite Holiday treat to make are Truffles. I have so many easy and yummy recipes and it is something my kids enjoy doing with me.
    My email is lisafickling at yahoo dot com. Thanks again for your wonderful blog. I look forward to reading more and more posts. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I made pb balls today & gave them all away. I need to make another batch. :) I've only made truffles a few times but I love mint chocolate ones. I have a recipe for coconut white chocolate truffles on my blog that I LOVE too! What flavors do you like to make?

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    2. Hi there
      I made your peanut butter balls last night and can't stop eating them. They are wonderful! I make easy Truffles. I have one for Oreo Truffles using cream cheese and Oreo's, another that you use whipped topping and can add peanut butter, one where I use peanut butter cookies. I love all different kinds. I am searching for an easy Lemon Truffle and I just wrote down your Coconut White Chocolate Truffle recipe to try. They sound wonderful! Thanks for your response to my post. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  14. These look wonderful!! My favorite treat are Orange Cookies!! sharoo1975@yahoo.com

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  15. My favorite holiday treat is my no bake peanut butter bars, made with pb, butter, powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs! I saw your pb balls pin on Pinterest, and that's how I found you! I sometimes make them into balls instead of bars, so your pin peaked my interest!

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  16. Oh my goodness I just love your blog and Facebook page!! My favorite cookie recipe would have to be mint Oreo stacks and magic bars, I remember when we were growing up my dad would have all four of us kids making all kinds of Christmas cookies in the kitchen and he would always make extra magic bars and mint Oreo stacks.

    My e-mail is aktoocute@hotmail.com

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    1. I love the story of you being in the kitchen with your dad & siblings. Some of my happiest memories are of being in the kitchen with my family too! :)

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  17. Would love to be able to make these , my favorite Christmas treat is homemade peanut butter cups and mint I love mint my two favorites ... My email is 7Branch@gmail.com

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  18. My Christmas favorite candy is Peanut Butter Fudge (homemade) and Mexican Wedding balls I make them into cresent shapes for Christmas....Delish....My e-mail is ryantwinz@yahoo.com

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    1. Ahhh...those are 2 classics that my mom always made! :) I have her recipe for mexican wedding cakes on my blog. And CONGRATS for winning the giveaway!! :)

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  19. These are super cute!!! <3 it - thanks for sharing with us ;)
    p.s. aren't silicon molds the best!?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Miss Candiquik!! Yes, they are so fun & easy to work with & Candiquik is THE BEST vanilla candy coating!

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  20. So glad you enjoyed enough to share! Have a fabulous holiday season :)

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    1. Rachel, thanks so much for your inspiration!! I saw your snowflakes last year & fell in love! :)

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  21. My absolute favorite Christmas treat has to be Turtles!! They're so yummy and pretty! Happy Holidays! :) My email is nikishep21582@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Nicki! Turtles are the best! Caramel, chocolate & nuts are some of my favorite food groups!

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  22. My favorite Christmas treat is anything with nuts in it. I have a new recipe for english toffee I'm sending you I've made it 4 times and can't keep seem to make it last very long. Every one loves it!

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    1. YES! PLEASE DO send me your English Toffee recipe asap! I'm having the same problem with sugar spiced pecans. I keep making them & they keep disappearing, lol!

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  23. I absolutely love chocolate covered cherries and sugar cookies :) every year we make gather as a family and bake tons of cookies mixed with lots of laughs loves and messes! It's a fantastic family tradition!
    Kerri
    Josh_n_Kerri@yahoo.com

    Happy holidays everyone!!

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    1. Wow, I haven't had chocolate covered cherries in YEARS but I love them. They were SUCH a special treat when I was growing up. Thanks for reminding me! Love your family tradition of baking together!

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  24. These are awesome!! My favorite treat is called Chocolate Walnut Kisses and is a butter cookie dough with walnuts wrapped around hershey kisses. YUM!

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    1. I've heard about those but I've never had one! I think I need to! :)

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  25. My grandmother used to make peanut butter logs. I've been searching for a recipe for years. (I would more than likely cover it in chocolate!)

    Andi ZC

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    1. YUM! Sounds like something I would LOVE! Are they like peanut butter fudge or something else? Do you slice & serve or are they individual servings? I LOVE peanut butter!

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