Pretzel Peppermint Bark

We all know that making desserts is definitely not a favorite pastime of mine. While I might enjoy eating sweet treats every now and then, they are not often made in my own kitchen. Every now and then, though, the urge to create something decadent pops up, and the holiday season is definitely a catalyst.

With salty and sweet on the brain this weekend, I took a little bit of time to make a very simple, three-ingredient dessert that would be a perfect hostess gift, snack at an office party, or just something nice to crunch on around the house.

candy canes

mini pretzels

white chocolate chips

The ingredients:

eight peppermint candy canes, crushed into rough pieces

three cups mini pretzels, crushed into pieces

16 ounces of white chocolate chips

melted white chocolate

The toughest part of this entire recipe was melting the white chocolate, which I did over a makeshift double boiler, making sure not to splash any water into the chocolate. I  added a small pat of butter to the melted chocolate to make it smoother. I always do this, and it turns out fine, but afterward, I read that you are not supposed to use butter because it contains water. Oops.

white chocolate pretzel peppermint bark

Once the chocolate was melted, I mixed the pretzels, chocolate, and half of the candy canes and smoothed it out on to some wax paper, topping it with more candy cane for a festive red and white look. Once everything was cool, I broke the bark into pieces and stored in an airtight container, making sure to grab a few bites. It’s delicious, combining some of my favorite seasonal flavors, and it took no time at all. If you find yourself needing to make something yummy and fast this holiday season, look no further.

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I spent the entire afternoon cooking dinners and lunches for the week while listening to Christmas music, and at the very end of the day, we decorated our little tree. We used to buy a full-sized tree but found it to be kind of a pain, especially since we often travel for and after Christmas. This little guy is just perfect. It’s kind of amazing how much spirit and light a little decoration can add to the atmosphere of a home. We’re a lucky little family.

small Christmas tree

Here’s to a great week for everyone! I am hoping the joy and kindness of the holiday season spills over into every aspect of your days. And if you are celebrating, Happy Hanukah!

Have you done any holiday decorating or cooking this week?

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  1. Megan’s avatar

    That looks tasty! I think I’d drizzle dark chocolate on top. Most of the barks I make call for mixing shortening into the white chocolate.

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  2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I love how bark is so easy to make! This looks so festive with all the candy canes.

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  3. Daisy’s avatar

    just started to decorate this weekend and hopefully getting our tree this week. this candy look delicious.

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  4. traveleatlove’s avatar

    I cant wait to have some. It was difficult not to take some to work today :)

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  5. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I love the combination of salty and sweet! And I am in the process of cooking a Hanukkah feast for this evening. :)

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  6. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    These are the kind of sweets I like to make…no baking required!

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  7. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

    I love salty and sweet! We put our tree up this year and I look forward to seeing it lit each evening :)

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  8. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Ohhhh these look irresistible! Perfec tfor this time of year!!

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