For those of you who follow my Facebook page, you might have been wondering all weekend what had become of the cookie cutters in the picture below. Well, above, is the finished product. Peppermint Bark Lollipops. Best lollipops out there, people! I, for one, am not a huge chocolate lover. Go figure. My Mom, on the other hand, can’t keep her fingers off of it. Sorry, Mom, but we all know it’s true She is a chocolate lover and all three of her kids are not huge fans of it. Weird, I know. Anyway, my point is, is that of all the chocolates, white is my least favorite….UNLESS, you add some candy cane bits to it and make peppermint bark…then, white chocolate is irresistible! Who knew?
I thought that this little project would be a fun and cute way to display my peppermint bark this year, so I went to work on my strategy. I took my PLASTIC Christmas cookie cutters and realized that I was going to have to “modify” them so that the lollipop stick would be flush with the edge of the cookie cutter and the flat surface beneath. So, I pulled out my Crop-a-Dile and made little circles at the bottom of the cutters to fit the little lollipop stick through the end. I am sure that you can purchase Christmas shaped lollipop molds but I didn’t have time for that, so I just made my own
The recipe at the bottom makes 6 large lollipops. If you only have 6 or 7 cutters, you have to do this recipe in separate batches because you have to wait for the chocolate to set in the molds before making the next batch. The extra on this cookie sheet was eaten by me and my daughter.
Then, you just add the lollipops to a cellophane bag…
Make a cute tag…
And tie them around the bottom of the bag. And, voila, you have a very cute gift to someone for Christmas.
These will be going to the kids’ school teachers, Bible class teachers and the elders and secretaries of the church we attend. (www.westhuntsville.org)
By tomorrow, I will have made 24 of these lollipops and tags. I hope they are loved and enjoyed by all!
Have a great day playing the chocolatier and remember, the best candy, is always homemade!
Peppermint Bark Recipe
12 Oz of White Chocolate Chips or Almond Bark
5 Candy Canes (Smashed into pieces)
1/2 Tsp. of Peppermint Extract
Melt chocolate. Mix in candy and extract. Put into molds and let set in the fridge. Pop out of molds. Package and deliver.
If you do not want to use the molds, you can double or triple this recipe all at once and just spread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment and let the chocolate harden and then break into pieces.