I’m getting ready to head to holiday festivities at my Dad’s place, complete with my super squeezable twin nephews (Gah!), but I wanted to share a simple treat that has been making life easy, festive, and tasty all week.
So, along with Minimalist Baker’s 5-Ingredient Peppermint Patties, I’ve been whipping up boatloads of this simple, gluten-free Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark. It’s all the best things about a treat in a bite—Salty, Sweet, Chocolate, Peppermint, Easy. Did I mention it’s easy?
I also love that it’s a great way to use up candy canes, snacks, and other treats that are laying around after all of the festivities. Most salty snacks go great with chocolate…
I bet even potato chips would work. If you try that, I wanna know, so #yumuniverse it.
Ok, in very Crosby fashion*, we’re making our own rules tonight, so Tacos are on the menu. I’m going to make my Red Lentil Tacos (or maybe the Maitake Mushroom Tacos, hmmm) and some Chipotle Sauce. I hope you’ll try this simple bark… enjoy and happy holidays!
- Three 3 oz. dark chocolate bars (look for gluten-free, vegan if you like)
- 2–3 candy canes (or a small handful of starlight mints)
- Pretzel sticks or twists (look for gluten-free, vegan if you like)
- Break apart chocolate into squares and place into a double boiler (or a saucepan with a sieve placed on top). Bring water in pot to a boil and stir chocolate as it melts.
- Break up candy canes in a food processor (or use the baggie and a hammer hack) until almost dusty and set aside.
- Line a cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper and pour melted chocolate onto the sheet...
... and spread into a ¼" layer.
- Press pretzels into the melted chocolate.
- And then sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
- Pop in the freezer or fridge to chill until firm, then cut or break apart and serve.
Store bark in an airtight, glass container in the fridge.
About that asterisk…
*One of our childhood traditions was watching the original Conan the Barbarian then having all out battles with the inside cardboard tubes from wrapping paper. Weirdos 😉
I want to hear from YU. Any wacky holiday traditions in your family? Tell us with a comment below.
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