Just two ingredients and 15 minutes are all you need to make this festive holiday candy! Try one of the quick and easy variations below and enjoy it your way.
package (16 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
hard peppermint candies
Line cookie sheet with waxed paper, foil or cooking parchment paper. Place candy coating in 8-cup microwavable measuring cup or 2-quart microwavable casserole. Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until almost melted. Stir until smooth.
Place peppermint candies in heavy plastic bag; crush with rolling pin or bottom of small heavy saucepan. Pour crushed candies into wire strainer. Shake strainer over melted coating until all of the tiniest candy pieces fall into the coating; reserve the larger candy pieces. Stir coating to mix evenly.
On cookie sheet, spread coating evenly. Sprinkle evenly with remaining candy pieces. Let stand about 1 hour or until cool and hardened. Break into pieces.
Candy coating varies depending on the brand—the white color varies, and when melted, some are thinner than others. Make a note of the brand you prefer to work with and watch carefully while melting.
Cranberry-Almond Bark: Omit peppermint candies. Stir 1/2 cup each dried cranberries and chopped almonds into melted coating.
Mocha-Hazelnut Latte Bark: Omit peppermint candies. Stir 1/2 cup each chocolate-covered coffee beans and chopped hazelnuts into melted coating.
Red and Green Candy Bark: Substitute red and green ring-shaped hard candies for the peppermint candies.
Santa's Bark: Omit peppermint candies. Stir 1/2 cup each red and green plain or mint candy-coated chocolate candies into melted coating.
Tropical Bark: Omit peppermint candies. Stir 1/2 cup each chopped candied pineapple and macadamia nuts into melted coating.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Candy
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.