Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sweet Delight

This week, I decided to do something a little different for teacher gifts.  Every year, I usually send in a card set or some similar homemade crafty item for teacher gifts.  This year, after my one sister gave me the simplest recipe EVER, I decide to make some homemade Peppermint Bark and package that up! 

I started with what to package it in.  I used the Clear Top Hinged Tin that you can find at Taylored Expressions.  It holds a nice amount of the bark, and enables you to "see" it through the lid, so I thought it would work perfectly.  I packaged the bark in a cello bag and sealed it, then placed it in the tin. 

I used the Season's Sweetings set along with papers from the Holly Jolly Collection from Echo Park.  The image was colored with Copic markers.  I used the Medium Scallop Border Die and a strip of patterned paper to create the belly band.  The focal piece was created using the Totally Tags Dies, and the sentiment panel was created using the Fly Your Flag 2 Die.  I scored the ends of the "banner" to give it some dimension and the look of it flowing. 

This project was really very simple and the kids LOVED helping to make it!  Now I've got some packaged gifts to give away!  For those of you wondering about this SIMPLE recipe, here it is:

Homemade Peppermint Bark
3 - 4oz. bars bittersweet or milk chocolate bars
3 - 4oz. white chocolate bars
Toppings of choice

Line a 17x12 inch cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Break each bar into squares or rectangles.  Arrange in a checkerboard pattern on pan.  Pieces will touch.

Bake at 225 degrees for 5 minutes or just until chocolate is melted.  Remove pan to a wire rack.  Swirl chocolate into a marble pattern using a toothpick.  Sprinkle with crushed pretzels and candy canes.

Chill 1 hour or until firm.  Break into pieces.
Hope you've enjoyed today's project and I hope you enjoy the bark even more!  :)



Jennifer Shults said...

This is really adorable and a GREAT idea! I wish I had thought of this for my work friends. I'm always trying to make them treats and this would be a perfect way to send them! Gorgeous!! (Love what you did with that banner die cut!)

Stephanie Kraft said...

What a darling (and) yummy gift, Charmaine! The bark sounds wonderful!

Karen Giron said...

Oh how yummy! What a fabulous gift idea - perfect for teachers!! So cute!


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