Peppermint white chocolate Christmas tree bark is all you need ever. And some gifts. And some spirit. And maybe hot cocoa.
Given how well my snowman chocolate bark, I thought I’d give you another idea: Christmas tree bark. Because I heart Christmas trees, in all their needle-shedding glory. The day after Thanksgiving we go to a local farm in Maryland and cut our own. Then we go for barbeque. And it’s always a seamless perfect day. Except when the kids have tantrums, which is every year. Or when our car breaks down on the way, like this year.
And then there was that year… when we accidentally cut down a Blue Spruce which is the most expensive freaking Christmas tree in the world and we dragged it over and the folks that work there and they looked at us with a mixture of sympathy and judgement (you idiots) before charging us over a hundred bucks for that freaking tree which we had to pay since we already cut it down but goshdarnit if it wasn’t the best tree we ever had.
So yeah, I love Christmas trees.
how to make white chocolate Christmas tree bark
you will need:*
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening (optional)
1/2 cup green candy melts
disposable decorating bag
5 candy canes, crushed
*Find the candy melts and disposable decorating bag in the craft store.
What to do:
Line a baking tray with wax paper and set aside. Put the green candy melts in the disposable decorating bag. Have your crushed candy canes and pretzel sticks ready.
Place the white chocolate chips and shortening (if using, it thins the chocolate for better consistency, but it isn’t necessary) in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and continue to microwave at 30 second, then 15 second, intervals until fully melted and smooth when stirred well.
Put the bag of green candy melts in the microwave and microwave as you did the chocolate.
While the green melts are in the microwave, spread the melted white chocolate on the baking tray. Tip: Use a large offset spatula greased with shortening to help spread the chocolate. You won’t fill up the entire tray, just spread to fill about 80 percent of the tray.
Immediately assemble pretzel stick halves on the white chocolate where you want your trees. I fit ten trees on my chocolate.
When the green candy melts are ready, snip 1/4 inch from the tip and pipe trees on top of the pretzels. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on the white chocolate around the trees.
Place in the fridge for 15 minutes or at room temperature about 30 minutes, or just until set but still pliable enough to cut without breaking. Cut your pieces of bark around the trees and put back in the fridge until well set, about an hour. Store in the fridge.