Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas is here! And today I’m sharing one of my favourite holiday dessert recipes with you; peppermint bark! And it is of course, fully vegan!
At a BYOBG (baked goods) coffee break I joined a few weeks I go, I wanted to share this holiday bark recipe with my friends, as well as use them for research! First question, would they like my bark? Second question, did they also refer to it as bark?
I’d learned recently, that what I’d been calling peppermint bark all these years had another alias. Two actually!
Had I been duped?!
Not long ago, one of my greatest pleasures was walking into a Williams-Sonoma, purchasing a box of their world famous peppermint bark (famous in my world anyway), and spending the afternoon window shopping + munching away at my bark!
At my BYOBG, after the initial smiles, “yum’s” and expressions of delight had passed, someone said, “this reminds me of the homemade Skor bars my family makes!”
Had I been wrong all these years? Had Williams-Sonoma gotten it wrong, too? And had my recipe, that was based off of the WS world-famous bark all been a sham?
“Isn’t this called Brittle?” another friend had asked.
With my cheeks, now having turned bright red, I said, “I’m pretty sure it’s called bark”. Hoping to God I hadn’t gotten it wrong, year after year of baking and sharing with family and friends. And after a few minutes of debating and taking to Google, the consensus was that we had reached a potato pot-ah-to situation.
Peppermint Bark was disguised as both homemade Skor bars, as well as Christmas brittle!
Holiday Recipe! Homemade Peppermint Bark
The good news is, that whatever you call it, this peppermint bark recipe is extremely easy to make!
You only need five ingredients!
Easy Holiday Peppermint Bark Recipe (V, Veg)
Christmas bark, peppermint bark, homemade Skor bars, or Christmas brittle, whatever you call these treats, they are super easy to make, and great for serving around the holidays!
- 40 saltine crackers I used the Premium Plus bran
- 1 cup Earth Balance vegan butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- A large bar of dark chocolate 300g for baking, chopped finely
- 6 peppermint candy canes crushed to bits
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease a baking sheet with your vegan butter, and line your saltines crackers directly on top.
On low-medium heat, thoroughly mix your cup of brown sugar with your cup of vegan butter on the stovetop. Mix constantly for about 5 minutes or so, until it becomes a consistent caramel-like texture.
With a spatula, immediately spread your brown sugar and butter mix over the saltines, and place baking sheet in oven for no more than 5 minutes! Once you see the caramel mixture on the crackers beginning to bubble, remove from oven.
While still hot, add your finely chopped chocolate bar pieces over the entire surface of your sheet of saltines and watch it melt. If the pieces of chocolate aren’t chopped finely enough, you may need to pop the baking sheet back into the oven for another minute or so, to ensure the chocolate fully melts and coats the tops of the crakers.
Remove from oven, add your crushed peppermint candy canes across the top, and place sheet in freezer to let cool for 10-15 minutes.
Once frozen, you can remove from freezer, and either with a knife slice into individual pieces, or break apart using your hands and enjoy!
What do YOU call peppermint bark?! And what are your favourite toppings?!
Are you of the same school as I am in calling it peppermint bark? Or do you refer to it as brittle or homemade Skor bars?
I love adding crushed peppermint candy canes to give them a festive flavour. I also love adding a touch of sea salt, as salted chocolate and caramel are two great weaknesses of mine. What do you love adding to your bark? Candy? Nuts? Let me know in the comments below so I can give your recipe a try!
Stay tuned to my 12 Days of Christmas tag on Inspired by Nick for more holiday hints, recipes, personal stories, holiday gift guides and more this December!
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