happy christmas to you: candy cane crisp bark

lil' elf

That cute lil’ vintage ornament is sitting on our very silver tinsel tree decorated with a host of other vintage ornaments and sparkling pink lights. My favorite fancy pine candle is lit and spreading that “real” balsam pine smell throughout the room. Presents have all been wrapped up with silver paper and pretty bows and there’s a large bottle of amaretto in our liquor cabinet (essential for my favorite holiday drink: the amaretto sour). Rum cookies have been baked (recipe to come), coconut chocolate almond bites shipped, chocolate nut & fruit bark has been given away to friends, and my favorite holiday movie has been watched. Christmas is almost here!

candy cane crisp bark

One of my favorite Christmas traditions to make is candy cane bark. White chocolate + candy canes is a cinch to make, very festive-looking and it’s always appreciated. This year, I decided to shake things up a bit after seeing Shutterbean‘s candy cane bark. The addition of rice krispies makes this into a festive Crunch bar and adds an unexpected texture. It also helps to cut the sweetness just a tad, which is always welcome this time of year. Tracy added the candy canes last and pressed them into the chocolate. Not me. I just stirred everything in all higgledy piggledy because I figured the mish mash would work well. I loved it and this will be my new holiday favorite. Hooray!

candy cane crisp bark

tip: This year I discovered THE BEST way of crushing up the candy canes. Add the candy canes (unwrapped) into a closed ziplock bag. Now, double bag it. Then place a folded tea towel on a wood table or chair and place the bag of candy on top. Put another folded tea towel over the candy bag. Use a heavy rolling pin (wood works fine) and bash the living day lights out of the candy. Smushed to smithereens without shredding the bag and getting candy everywhere! Perfect. Now only if I could easily find red and white candy canes in Vancouver as opposed to the green-red-white ones that seem to be everywhere, I’d be one happy lady. What gives, Vancouver?

candy cane crisp bark

Have a great holiday! Enjoy traditions new and old. Merry Christmas!

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23 comments to “happy christmas to you: candy cane crisp bark”

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    Joanne   December 25, 2010 at 4:23 am

    I bet that smashing method is also a really awesome stress reliever. Merry christmas chica! This bark looks wonderful!

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    tracy   December 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Hooray! Totally addictive, no??
    I think adding the candies in is a better idea. It’s kinda hard to smoosh the candies on the top :) I find that smashing it in plastic bags is great- i use a meat tenderizer thing and it’s a dream! Happy Holidays sweetie!! xoxoxoxo

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    Wit,wok & wisdom   December 26, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Merry Christmas,Jeanetter!Loved your Cane crisp bark recipe!I’ve added a link to this lovely post of yours on my blog as part of a special selection for Christmas so that my blog readers can enjoy your recipe as well!

    Here goes the post:
    http://www.witwokandwisdom.blogspot.com/

    Do drop in to my space sometime.Happy Holidays and wish you a great New Year ahead!:)

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    Lisa@ButteryBooks   December 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    We used to have a little elf ornament just like that (where did it go?) The candy cane bark looks delicious!

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    Suzy   December 26, 2010 at 10:05 am

    These look lovely.

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    Dana   December 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I was shocked to look in my sister-in-law’s pantry last night and see boxes and boxed of store-bought peppermint bark. She loves it and hoards it for the coming year. I am going to make her some of this delicious stuff. And THANK YOU for the tip! I avoid treats involving crushed candy because I can’t see to crush without making a mess!

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    Nicole   December 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I saw this on Tracy’s site and it looks fantastic! Thank goodness for Rice Krispies!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites   December 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Merry Christmas, Jan! Holy Smokes, this looks good – and I’m stuffed from turkey dinner leftovers.
    Hmm, New Year’s dessert buffet? I’d be ever so popular.

    Hope your holidays are splendid.

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    Val   December 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Love the tinsel tree… bark looks delicious. Merry Christmas!

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    Heather   December 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Oh! My husband loves rice krispy treats. Those might be really good. Better write it down for next year. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lynn   December 28, 2010 at 8:40 am

    What a fun idea to put Rice Krispies in the bark. I’ll have to try that next year.

    I love that movie, too!

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    kickpleat   December 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Definitely Joanne, get yer ya-ya’s out!

    Thanks for the awesome idea, Tracy! I just ate 3 pieces for breakfast. Oops!

    Thanks for dropping by, ww&w!

    Oooh, I love that elf, LIsa, and I’d be seriously bummed if we lost it. Hope you had a great holiday!

    thanks Suzy.

    Dana, it’s such a mess, but this tip saved my floors this year. And shame on your sis, but props to you!! Hope you had a great xmas!

    Indeed, Nicole.

    Thanks so much, Aimee!

    Val, I love the tinsel too. Thank so much.

    Heather, please do, it’s a keeper.

    I knew you had great taste, Lynn!

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    Bijoux   December 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Oh boy, this is seriously dangerous stuff! I want to make it but will end up eating it all. And um, let’s just say my jeans have become much tighter this past month. Honestly, I can’t seem to find Callebaut chocolate anywhere. I know it exists, I’m just not searching in the right place, so I end up buying Baker’s brand baking chocolate, it seems to work fine. Bookmarking this for future enjoyment!

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    Eva   December 29, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Love this recipe! Must try this next year instead of the one I’ve been using, it’s getting a little boring! Hope you had a lovely Christmas! xo Happy New Year :)

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    Katina   December 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Merry Christmas! Be grateful you even have candy canes, never mind what colour – I’m in Sweden and they don’t carry them anywhere over here!

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    kickpleat   December 29, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Bijoux, I hear you on the jeans front. I’m going to start again my exercise program because things were getting too slack in December. As for Callebaut, I find it at a local gourmet shop down the street (I’m lucky that way). Bookmark away!

    Eva, I understand about the boring. This one is so good it will replace any old bark recipes.

    Thanks Katina, it’s true. I’m happy with my candy canes. A world without candy canes? That is tough!

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    North Vancouver   January 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Yum – it’s a favourite in our house too! Finally found red/white peppermint canes at Walmart. I get all of my baking callebaut at the Superstore (cheapest) or Save-on foods bulk section. Happy New year!

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    kickpleat   January 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Good to know that red & white ones do exist and great tip about the callebaut! Thanks & happy new year to you too!

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    Sarah   December 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hey, thanks for the great idea! We do bark every year, but this was so much fun! I pulverized the candy canes in the food processor, which gave the final product an overall pink color, but yummy pink or not! Thanks again and happy holidays! http://www.zoeslunchbox.com/2012/12/a-wreath-lunch-crispy-mint-bark.html

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    kickpleat   December 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it, Sarah! It looks gorgeous :)

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    Kevin   December 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Easier way to crush candy canes: Food processor. You’ll have a fine powder in no time.

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