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Monday, December 3, 2012

Very Pink Peppermint Bark

Merry Christmas!
I am starting off with this extremely cute picture of my little one helping me decorate because I am about to humiliate myself with a story about me attempting to make candy. I am not a good baker. I am a decent cook, but I am way too careless and haphazard to be a good baker. I eyeball things. I just kind of throw them in. I hate measuring. I start off reading the recipe on the right hand page and then halfway through throw in the ingredients from the left hand page and make a Franken-recipe which is a little of each, generally by accident. My success rate is, maybe, 25% and that's being kind.

This is hard, especially around Christmas, when people love to gift sweet things. Last week I burnt peppermint bark. Two ingredients, limited cooking, and I burnt it. This week I decided to give it another go with a recipe for something called "White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch."

image from tasteofhome.com
Doesn't it look gorgeous? Again it was pretty simple, and I thought, what could go wrong? I underestimated by ability to make something go wrong, of course. For starters, the last time I made peppermint bark I got frustrated trying to crack up the starlight mints. It took forever and I got them everywhere and Matt was complaining about the floor being sticky (he actually suggested I eat his socks because he claimed they were peppermint crusted.) so I decided to look for some pre-crushed peppermint bits. I found these:

a new ingredient appears. . .
Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips. Okay, says peppermint and crunch in the name. This should work.

Well, not quite. I heated up the candy coating called for in the recipe and added the oil and butter. . .impressively smooth. At this point I was optimistic. Then I stirred in my peppermint chips and it all went pink, super pink, dare I say, pepto-pink. Apparently these chips melt when exposed to warm candy, so I don't see how they are justified in calling them crunchy. They disappeared completely in the melted candy leaving no crunch at all.

The flavor was actually pretty good. I spread it out on some wax paper and stuck some (whole and uncrunched) starlight mints on top just to give it a little bit of something other than pink. It kind of looked like buttons on a pink shirt, so if I had to name this concoction I would call it "Elf Buttons."

The good news? It tastes pretty good. I took it out of the fridge a couple of hours later and broke it into pieces. While I was doing so the little girl from next door came and asked Coryn if she would come out and play so I gave her a piece. She actually brought me a hand drawn card to say thank you a little bit later . . . and asked if she could have some more. I had been making it to share with people anyway, so I gave her a bag to take home. We still have a good deal left. It's pretty dang tasty.

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4 comments:

  1. What a great and creative name...Elf buttons! You may have just created a whole new sensation. :)

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    1. to make the name more appropriate, if I decide to do them again, I would probably find a way to make each piece of candy round with a single mint in the middle, probably by making them in the bottom of a cupcake liner.

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  2. Are the whole mints hard to bite into?? I've seen those Andes mint things too and wondered how they would work in something like this....thanks for testing it out!! :) I'm sure all of our girls would love the pink color though!! I LOVE peppermint bark....I made a white and milk chocolate peppermint bark last year to pass out to Travis' single marine guys at work. I ended up eating probably half of it myself!

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    1. They can be a little but since they are big pieces I generally end up eating around them and then just sucking on them until they are gone.

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