On The 5th Day of Christmas, The Daily Croissant Gave to Me…
Affordable Homemade Christmas Gifts!
Edible Christmas gifts never go to waste, especially when they’re homemade! When peppermint bark hits the shelves around the holidays, it’s not long before I snag some for myself. It’s not for everyone, but I happen to love the combo of peppermint with chocolate of any kind. Mint chocolate chip ice cream, anyone?
You can get some really fantastic peppermint bark in the stores, but the good stuff can run you anywhere from $20-$40. Ahem, Williams Sonoma! (I blame my aunt for getting me hooked on theirs at a young age!) So, this year I decided to make my own for a fraction of the price!
I got 2 pounds of good Ghirardelli chocolate on sale for $7, a pack of candy canes for A BUCK (!), and peppermint extract for $3. Then I just grabbed a few small bags at target to wrap it up as gifts for some friends.
A homemade Christmas gift is not only an excuse to stay indoors and make something delicious with your family, but it’s also an inexpensive gift idea for those special co-workers, doormen, or whomever you want to give a small, but thoughtful gift.
I found a simple 4 ingredient recipe here that will take you under an hour to prepare. The trickiest part was being careful with melting the chocolate. I haven’t done this in quite some time, so I watched a youtube video and now I’m a pro! Fast forward to the 2 minute mark to skip right to the chocolate melting tutorial. It actually wasn’t hard at all, you just have to be extra careful about not getting any moisture into the chocolate. Be prepared to let it cool overnight or for a few hours. You can refrigerate it and then break it up into pieces the next morning.
- 12 ounce bag good-quality semisweet chocolate
- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 1 pound bag white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 candy canes or 12 round hard peppermint candies, crushed
I didn’t refrigerate mine because the recipe didn’t tell me to, but I wish I had. When I broke mine up some of the layers came apart, but I’m okay with it! They did not come out perfect, and that’s what I like about it. It’s my own creation and I made it with love.
I always grab a few different sizes of gift bags when I’m shopping for wrapping paper and such. I got a treat sacks from the target dollar spot for 40 cents. The are cute, decorative, and easy! I also had plastic treat bags from the dollar store. I put the bark inside the plastic bag first, then into the treat sack and voila! I was done wrapping my homemade gifts. How easy was that? I added a candy cane to the outside of the bag and threw in a few Andes candies too!
My only problem was eating the bark as I was wrapping it. So hard to resist!
May this recipe or any other at-home baking be one of the simple pleasures you can enjoy around the holidays! I’m excited to gift these to a few special people in my life that may not even know that they’ve brightened some of my days.
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