Today, I’m sharing an amazing and super easy Peppermint Bark recipe, plus a foodie gift guide that has something for every food lover on your list!
I’m super excited to bring back my holiday gift guide series this week. Each day, I’m sharing a gift you can make, plus an accompanying guide for gifts you can purchase … I like to think of these daily posts as my Buy or DIY Gift Guides!
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Have you ever tried Peppermint Bark? It is SO GOOD. You might even call it addictive.
It also makes an awesome gift, because it is very simple to make. There’s only two ingredients in my easy Peppermint Bark recipe, so make a batch for everyone on your list!
Of course, we can’t make a gift for everyone on our lists, so today’s foodie gift guide is for people who love to cook or want to learn!
When shopping for gifts, I like to give something unique that the recipient will love, but might not buy for him or herself. I love cooking, so I had a ton of fun putting together this foodie gift guide! There is something for every food lover on your list!
- Primitives by Kathy ‘Your Opinion Is Not Part of the Recipe’ Dish Towel – the funny message on this towel will be a hit with any home cook. Package it with some fancy recipe ingredients (sauces, olive oil, salts, etc.), and your gift is complete!
- Bitterman’s Lemon Flake Salt – I love trying unique salts, and this one would be delicious sprinkled over a favorite veggie. It’s also available in Black Truffle, Pinot Noir, and Halen Mon Gold Smoked Sea Salt flavors.
- Evelots Set Of 6 Porcelain Food Markers – these cute markers are perfect for labeling cheeses or appetizers for a party. Any entertainer would love them!
- Picnic Time Recipe Stand – this gorgeous acacia wood stand can be used to display cookbooks or tablets in the kitchen. The stand can be used in portrait or landscape positions, and the tempered glass protects treasured recipes.
- Plum Deluxe Tea – I’m in love with these artisan teas made from the freshest organic ingredients! Plum Deluxe graciously sent me two varieties to try: Portland Rose City Chai (blackberry and rose) and Sunshine in a Cup (Calendula Hibiscus). Both were amazing, and I can’t wait to try more! Gift an individual blend or a Tea of the Month Club membership. Pair the tea with a beautiful Bodum ‘Chambord Classic’ Tea Pot for the perfect gift!
- Kate Spade New York Recipe Book – I love this recipe book’s vintage style, plus it’s a great way for your favorite cook to organize their prized recipes.
- Craftsy Cooking Class – don’t know much about the present recipient? Gift them a cooking class from Craftsy! Classes run the gamut from artisan bread making to Mexican street food, so there’s something for everyone.
- Typhoon ‘Mason Cash Baker Street’ Baking Storage Set – how cute are these canisters?!? There’s also a Coffee, Tea, and Sugar Tin Set if your recipient isn’t a baker.
- Wood Tasting Boards – these beautiful boards are made showing off a sumptuous display of food, so they’d be a lovely gift for anyone who likes entertaining. (Note: the exact boards pictured are no longer available, but I’ve linked to something similiar.)
- Shun Classic Hollow-Edge Santoku – any foodie would adore this fancy and highly rated knife! It’s sharp, durable and corrosion resistant, as well as beautiful to behold. Plus, they’ll get free sharpening for as long as they own it.
- Salted Caramel Toffee Bark – someone please send me this … yum!
- White Marble Pastry Board – if you have a baker on your list, get them this beautiful board. Marble is a naturally cool surface that will keep your favorite baker’s dough from overheating while they roll it out.
- My Paris Kitchen: Recipe and Stories by David Lebovitz – my husband gave me this cookbook that’s filled with amazing recipes and stores for Christmas last year. I love it!
- Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi – any cookbook from Ottolenghi is sure to be amazing! His newest book will take your fave foodie on a journey from the Middle East to the Far East filled with big, bold flavors and surprising twists along the way.
- Zalav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov – this lovely cookbook is filled with amazing recipes that reinterpret the glorious cuisine of Israel for home kitchens.
- Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha – Indian food can seem overly complicated, so I love that this cookbook is fill with delicious recipes that are quick and easy to make.
Did you get any good ideas from this foodie gift guide? I hope so!
Let’s get back to that easy Peppermint Bark recipe.
You can make this Peppermint Bark with two simple ingredients: candy canes and white chocolate. With such an easy recipe, you’ll want to use the best quality chocolate you can find, of course.
I used white chocolate chips for my bark, but if you can find white chocolate in a block, that will work, too. Before I moved to New York, I thought I’d have access to any ingredient my heart desired. For the most part I do, but grocery shopping is a major pain here. Store are small, and you might have to go to a few before you find a special ingredient. So I settled for the chips, and to be honest, they were much easier to use than a block would have been. No time wasted chopping chocolate equals more time eating bark!
Make sure to make a batch of this easy Peppermint Bark for yourself, too, or you won’t be able to give it away!
- Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
- Place candy canes in a plastic zip top bag and crush with a rolling pine. Don't pulverize the candy canes; there should be some small chunks.
- Add white chocolate to a medium bowl and place in microwave.
- Microwave chocolate for 35 seconds. Stir well.
- Cook chocolate for another 15 seconds and stir until smooth. If more cooking time is needed, microwave chocolate for 10 seconds, then stir very well. Repeat as needed.
- Spread melted chocolate over tin foil, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Sprinkle crushed candy canes evenly over chocolate.
- Gently press candy canes into chocolate.
- Place baking sheet in freezer for about 10 minutes, or until chocolate is completely solid.
- Cut peppermint bark into pieces using a chef's knife.
- Eat immediately or store peppermint bark in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!
What is your favorite food gift to give or receive at the holidays?
P.S. Check out the other posts in this series: DIY Tassel Wine Charms + Mens and Womens Gift Guides, DIY Wood Slice Snowflake Coasters + Home Gift Guide, and DIY Kids Fishing Game + Kids Gift Guide.
P.P.S. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Check out my DIY or Buy Gift Guides from last year!
- DIY Salted Caramel Sauce + Foodie Gift Guide
- DIY Kids Treasure Box + Kids Gift Guide
- DIY Personalized Notepads + Men’s and Women’s Gift Guides
- DIY Vintage French Map Coasters + Home Gift Guide