Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe That Your Kids Can Make

I've shared many times before that I am not really a baker. But, Liza loves to bake so that means more often than not, I have to make something sweet for the holidays. 

candy cane and white and dark chocolate peppermint bark

Peppermint Bark is probably the easiest thing to bake for a non-baker, and Liza can do it unsupervised now.  All you need are sheet pans, candy canes, white and dark chocolate.  I like to use European brand chocolates, but any chocolate will work.  

Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe 

homemade peppermint bark with crushed candy canes on top of white and dark chocolate

Easy Peppermint Bark Ingredients

2 large Lindt White Chocolate Bars
2 large Lindt Milk or Dark Chocolate  ( I mixed my chocolates for a unique twist)
25 small candy canes broken

Melt white chocolate in a double boiler. I mix in a little butter to help smooth the chocolate. Scoop melted white chocolate onto parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. If you are using Epicure Sheet Pan Silicone liners then you do no need to use parchment paper. 

Melt dark chocolate in a double broiler. I add a tablespoon of butter for richness and to help the chocolate soften. Spread dark chocolate mixture on top of white chocolate. Mash candy canes. 

My kids love doing this (to get the candy canes as smashed as high-quality retail peppermint bark then they peppermint needs to be very fine, but you can do this version any way you like and my kids made chunky.  Sprinkle the peppermint on top of the chocolate and press some into the chocolate. Freeze for 30 minutes to an hour. Break into squares. Or let soften and cut squares neatly.

It is that simple. 

Peppermint Bark in a red, white and green gift box.

This is also great to make after the holidays as well because all candy is on sale, and it makes the new year a little more festive. 

Originally posted in December 2014 and updated December 2020. My kids do not even look like this any longer. 

How to Get Rid of the 2020 Quarantine 15 with the 90-DAY #EPICLIFE Challenge

I am about to embark on my tenth year of blogging, and once again, I'm telling you I want to lose weight. It's like clockwork. The topic of weight loss comes up about every two or three years on this blog. If we still listened to records, it would be as if I was a broken record saying, "I need to lose weight this year!"

2019 was a good weight loss year. I had lost 15 pounds and felt great for my 50th birthday in December.  I had established a fabulous exercise routine and was maintaining my weight by the end of the year.  I felt good. 

Then horrific 2020 came, and along with it came the unwanted COVID-19 in addition to the extra  "Quarantine-15." My exercise routine halted. I ate pasta as if I would never ever get to get to go to Italy again. I've eaten more rice than they have in China since being home this year. Seriously, Will bought the biggest bag of rice I have ever seen. The rice was a 25-pound bag of jasmine rice imported from Thailand.  Fifteen pounds of that rice is now out of the bag and has latched onto my stomach, thighs, butt, and boobs.

Lifestyle Blogger Leigh Powell Hines holding brown toy poodle puppy
Meet Ollie, our new baby in the family. Unfortunately, we lost our beloved 
Andy on November 13, 2020. 

Stress levels this year were at an all-time high. Somehow, my skinny husband manages to lose weight in a pandemic.  On the other hand, I basically erased a year's worth of hard work and discipline in the span of a three-month quarantine. We lost our beloved poodle, Andy, this year, too

My goal in 2021 is better portion control and regular exercise. I'm also not giving up jasmine rice either now that I have mastered cooking it to perfection in my multipurpose steamer made by Epicure.  

Graphic that says Make Good Food the New Norm. #EpicLife

Instead, I'm going to set realistic goals, eat healthier foods, use the right portions, and take the #EPICLIFE Challenge with Epicure.  It is a FREE 90-day wellness and lifestyle program that begins January 4, 2021, and is under the leadership of Registered Dieticians working with the Canadian-based company, Epicure.  All of Epicure's seasonings are gluten-free, lower in sodium, and have reduced added sugars. All you need to get started is to join my VIP GROUP,  A Dash of  Flavor with Leigh Powell Hines, on Facebook, and register online so you can have access to the program and community support.  Be sure to use me as your referral: Leigh Powell Hines  (  2201058164 )  when completing the consultant name in the field of questions. 

My Epicure website is about one of only one thousand websites in the U.S. where you can purchase Epicure cookware and seasoning blends. Epicure is a household name in Canada and is quickly growing in the U.S. I added the company as an affiliate this year because I like that it's NEVER-LIST of ingredients and the fact that I can pronounce every ingredient. Epicure's concept is simple. It helps busy families get affordable meals on the table from raw to ready in 20 minutes or less. 

I have already fallen in love with many of its products and will look forward to following this #EpicLife program for 90-days. 

green graphic that reads Make Real Results the New Norm #EpicLife

I already have many of the products offered in the Epic Life Collection, which are some of the seasonings you need to make the recipes in the challenge.  I purchased Epiure's Perfect Portion Scoops and the Epicure Good Food. Real Results Guide. This guide is filled with useful tips, grocery lists, meal plans, and recipes to help you succeed from day one and achieve long-term results. I will then buy anything else I need for the weight loss challenge a la carte.  Every Epicure products are sold separately but are often bundled together for extra savings. 

You can start slow, and only purchase the good food real results guide by Epicure and the perfect portion scoops. 

And a few key ingredients to get you started. If you do want to purchase the entire collection, I would suggest purchasing the following seasonings. 

Lemon Dilly Dip: This gluten-free seasoning is a workhorse in lower-calorie recipes. It comes in the Good Greek Real Fast Collection along with the spinach dip, Souvlaki seasoning, Greek dressing, and recipe cards. I use the Souvlaki seasoning all the time. I'm kind of like the Dad in the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" with index. I sprinkle Souvlaki on chicken even when the recipe does not call for it. 

Four Epicure Seasonings and Five Recipe cards for the Greek Collection

Epicure's 3-Onion Dip replaces higher sodium Lipton's Onion Soup Mix in your pantry.  Bottled marinara sauces contain added sugars, therefore, Epicure's Marinara Sauce Mix is a good staple to have on hand. Jarred salsa is high in sodium. Epicure's Poco Picante Mix is lower in sodium, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious. 

photo of Good Food Real Results Recipe Guide by Epicure

Order your guide now. Start 2021 with better sleep, good food, mealtime wins, more energy, and real results. 

My goal is fifteen pounds for weight loss, but ten pounds will make me joyful.  What is your goal?  Real people get real results with this #EpicLife Challenge. 

Sally, a resident of Canada, is on her tenth challenge. 

Two images of a woman named Sally who has lost 73 pounds and 56 inches from The Epicure Epic Life Challenge. She has done the challenge ten years

And Brittany has a success story, too.  These are real people like you and me.

Two images of a woman who has lost 27 percent body fat and 45 pounds by using the Epicure Epic Life Challenge

Join me. I'll be with you every step of the way. My new poodle, Ollie, too. Together, we will do great things in 2021. I'll be hosting live cooking classes and tips throughout the challenge. 

Register for the Epic Life Challenge. Take the leap. It's free. 

Disclosure: Epicure is an official affiliate of HinesSightBlog, and I am registered as a consultant and an independent website, whereas commission is made on any products purchased. All opinions of the products are my own

A Buckeye Brownie a Day this Holiday...(Recipe)

A buckeye brownie a day this holiday will make your bottom rounder than Santa's tummy. 

Holiday  Buck-eye brownies, cross between a brownie and a buckeye candy

Yes, Virginia, they are worth the calories! I may even leave some out for Santa, but I'll have to make them again because my first batch will not last until Christmas Eve. 

Buckeye Brownies

Submitted by: Heather Prentic from Mars, PA

Package of brownie mix. Make it gluten-free by using Epicure's Brownie Mix.
2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup plus 6 T of butter, softened and divided
8 oz jar or 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
6-oz pkg of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Prepare and bake brownie mix in a greased 13"x9" baking pan according to package directions. Let cool. Mix powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and peanut butter. Mix well and spread over cooled brownies. Chill for one hour. Melt together chocolate chips and remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Spread over brownies. Let cool; cut into squares. Makes 2 to 3 dozen

For another idea, use Epicure's individual petite pan


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