I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve written an article for (cool) progeny. Well, truth be told, we have had quite a busy year – having spent 4-5 months completely renovating our first floor including our kitchen. So needless to say, we have been without a kitchen for a good while now, but are thrilled to have it back, better than ever, and just in time for the mad baking we do around the holidays.
My munchkins are very helpful and like to be involved when we cook or bake. So I try and include them in the more basic recipes or pinterest pins. We typically bake or make lots of edibles at the holidays that we gift – to teachers at preschool, to neighbors, to our favorite sitters – or anyone to bestow holiday cheer!
We decided on peppermint bark pops, which take the fun and easy peppermint bark concept but puts it on a pop. We’ll bag these and include them with other edibles for our favorite teachers and teacher assistants at the kids preschool. And the best part about this recipe if you have leftover candy coating, simply pour up a pan of peppermint bark as well 🙂
Peppermint Bark Pops
- 24 mini candy canes
- 12 6″ lollipop sticks
- 1 bag of white candy coating or white chocolate chips
- Peppermint oil
- Sprinkles or crushed candy canes
Heat oven to 300 degrees. On a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange the candy canes as hearts with the lollipop stick centered in between the two candy canes. Bake for 3 minutes. You want them to be malleable, but not melted.
Remove from oven & shape candy canes into hearts by pinching the the bottom of the heart into the stick and pinching the top ends together. I also pulled the edges out to make my hearts more round and full. They will be hot & you need to work fairly quickly. If the candy canes harden before you have them shaped, just stick them back in the oven for a couple of minutes. I re-heated mine a few times before I got the hang of shaping them the way I wanted them.
Melt candy coating in the top of a double boiler over low heat or in the microwave at 30 second intervals on medium power, stirring between heatings, until smooth. Add a few drops of peppermint oil and stir thoroughly.
Spoon the melted candy coating into the center of each heart, then top with crushed candy canes or red sprinkles. Cool the pops before serving or wrapping.