Peppermint Bark (Christmas movie series)

I know it may sound lame or corny or cheesy or whatever, but part of what I love about the Christmas season, and what I’ve always loved about the Christmas season, is the magic of it all. Something about the whole package: the trees, the presents, the music, the food—it really brings a childlike quality to the season and just makes you feel really good. This only works if you stop with the hustle-bustle and the crazy and the negative news that permeates our lives. Just stop and really take it all in, all the imagery of Christmas. It’s a time to appreciate each other, reflect on the birth of Jesus, and just start over.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas as the birth of our Lord, you can still use the time to show the ones you love that you love them. Be a little kinder to one another. The “magic” of the season is really just letting go of the toxic things in your life and just being nice to each other. Loving each other. Most of these Christmas movies aren’t religious at all, but they still manage to capture the spirit of the season and what it means just to be nice to one another. It’s a lesson I think we can take through the whole year with us, actually.

“The secret of Christmas is not the things you do at Christmastime, but the Christmas things you do all year through.”

Some of my favorite movies that really show what the magic of Christmas can do to change or help a person have already been mentioned in previous posts, but if you are looking to see a movie that will restore your faith in the human spirit and make you feel all warm and fuzzy, these movies definitely have that as a main theme in their plot: Northpole, The Christmas Shepherd, Snowglobe, 12 Wishes of Christmas, Elf, Fir Crazy, Let it Snow, Moonlight and Mistletoe, 12 Dates of Christmas, A Carol Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, Any iteration of A Christmas Carol, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Night Before Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Cupid, Preacher’s Wife

Whenever I eat peppermint, I can’t help but think of Christmas—especially peppermint with chocolate! And of course when I think of Christmas, I think of everything I just mentioned above. This treat is commonly found around the holidays, but it is so easy to make at home.

You just need:

1 bag dark chocolate chips
1 bag white chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 bag peppermint candies

In a microwave, melt the dark chocolate in a bowl. Put it in in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until melted. I think mine went 90 seconds.

To the melted chocolate, add a splash of peppermint extract. It doesn’t take much, only about 1/4 teaspoon.

Pour the melted chocolate on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Spread it out into a thin layer. Put the sheet into the fridge to harden for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Once the dark chocolate is cooled, melt the white chocolate the same way you melted the dark chocolate. Don’t add any peppermint extract though.

Spread the melted white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate.

Either with a rolling pin or a food processor, crush up about a half a bag of peppermint candies (remove the wrappers, obviously!). Do this before melting your white chocolate so that you can use them right away while the white chocolate is still melted.

Sprinkle the white chocolate with your crushed peppermint candies. However much or as little as you want. Put this back in the fridge so the white chocolate can harden.

When the candy had hardened completely, break it up into smaller pieces and enjoy. Seriously, chocolate peppermint just tastes like Christmas to me!

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