This is part of a series, Simply Relish, about limiting waste and making the most of what we have in our kitchens to create simple and tasty recipes while reducing our impact on the planet.
In search of a perfectly simple zero waste and very festive holiday treat? Don’t waste your money on store-bought peppermint bark. You can make your own in just a few minutes with limited ingredients and the most basic of baking skills. Give a shot at making this zero waste peppermint bark with your family.
My family lives all over the country and we make an effort to all be home for Christmas. Each year, my sisters and I trek back from the coasts to our hometown in the tundra of Minnesota.
Over the years, we have added to our cohort with significant others and kiddos. It’s all a little nuts now, but one thing always happens around Christmas time. I make peppermint bark. It might be my very favorite dessert, and my boys can’t gobble it up fast enough either.
In addition to being delicious, peppermint bark might also be one of the easiest recipes to make without creating any waste. I created a whole zero waste baking guide which I anticipate you will find really useful. That dives into much more detail about how to keep your baking adventures low and zero waste.
As for zero waste peppermint bark, check out the bulk bins at your grocery store. Particularly around the holiday season, you might find dark and white chocolate wafers for melting as well as candy canes or peppermint candy crumbles to finish off the bark. Buy your peppermint extract in a recyclable container and you’re good to go.
This year, I’m voting that we whip up a batch of peppermint bark while we’re all home on Christmas Day. It’s a super simple holiday treat that’s far tastier than its simple ingredients might suggest.
Hope you have a great holiday!
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Zero Waste Peppermint Bark
- 2 cups dark chocolate baking wafers
- 2 cups white chocolate baking wafers
- 1 tsp pure peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup peppermint candies crushed
In a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate baking wafers.
When fully melted, add the peppermint extract and mix. It may not mix right away; continue stirring until it’s fully incorporated.
Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and spread the chocolate evenly along the pan. Make it as thick or as thin as your heart desires.
Place in the refrigerator and allow to harden for 10 – 15 minutes.
In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate baking wafers.
Allow the white chocolate to cool just a bit so it doesn’t melt all the dark chocolate. Spread the white chocolate atop the hardened dark chocolate.
Sprinkle the crushed peppermint candies into the white chocolate (pressing down where need to incorporate with the chocolate).
Allow to harden, break apart into organically shaped pieces and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container (and in the fridge if needed to prevent melting).
You can use milk or semi-sweet chocolate instead of dark chocolate if you prefer.
You can also substitute chocolate chips instead of chocolate baking wafers.