Peppermint Bark Recipe and Santa Jar Cozy
This peppermint bark recipe will melt in your mouth. You better give some away as gifts…cause you’ll be tempted to eat it all yourself! It looks deliciously adorable in a pint size canning jar all dressed up in a Santa cozy!
Let’s get right to the recipe…cause it needs to cool in the fridge. That’ll give you lots of time to whip up a cozy or two.
Peppermint Bark Recipe
- 10 oz Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate baking chips
- 11 oz Ghirardelli Classic White baking chips
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract – divided
- 10 candy canes
Line a 9×13 pan with foil. Spray with non-stick cooking oil.
Melt Bittersweet chips in microwave stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Spread into foil-lined pan.
Place candy canes in ziplock back and crush into big chunks with a hammer. Lightly press 1/3 of the candy canes onto chocolate layer. Place in freezer for 5 to 10 minutes as you prepare the next ingredients. You want the chocolate just firm enough that you can spread the next layer on top without them swirling.
Sift remaining candy cane pieces. Set aside bigger chucks to be used as topping at the very end.
Melt White chips in microwave stirring every 15 seconds. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Stir in smallest pieces of crushed candy canes. Spread smoothly over chocolate layer. Sprinkle remaining larger chunks of candy canes on top and refrigerate for 2 hours or until completely firm.
Turn pan upside down on a towel and remove foil. Break from bottom side (Bittersweet layer) into large pieces. Breaking from the bottom will prevent the candy canes on the top side from being crushed.
Store in the refrigerator.
The Santa Ornament pictured above is available in the Christmas Balls and Baubles Set.
This Peppermint Bark Recipe is Perfect for the Santa Jar Cozy – Here’s the Crochet Pattern
With the peppermint bark cooling in the refrigerator, let’s get right to the Santa Jar Cozy. This cozy fits nice and snug around a pint size canning jar. Which is the perfect size for storing home made goodies like soups, cookies, fudge and…peppermint bark!
This is a great stash buster! We used Lion Brand yarns from Vanna’s Choice, Vanna’s Glamour and Fun Fur. The colors of these yarns make the Santa cozy jolly and bright!
- 1 Pint size canning jar
- Vanna’s Choice: Medium Worsted Weight (4)
CRANBERRY, BLACK, WHITE
- Vanna’s Glamour: Fine (2)
- Lion Brand Fun Fur: Bulky (5)
- Crochet Hooks: H, C
- Yarn Needle
White and White Fun Fur held together
Ch 34 Join with a sl st.
Rnd 1: Working in counter-clockwise direction, sc around. Join with a sl st. (this allows the hairiest part to be on the outside). (34)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Attach Red and work in clockwise direction here and throughout.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc around in back loop only. (34)
Rnd 3-4: Sc around in both loops (now and until otherwise stated). (34)
Rnd 5: 33 sc, sl st. (34)
Drop red. Attach Black
Rnd 6: Ch 1, 33 hdc, sc, join with a sl st. (34)
Finish off Black and weave in ends.
Pick up Red.
Rnd 7: Working in the back loops only this Rnd: *4 sc, fptrc in the red post below the black (from Rnd 5)* 3 times. 8 sc, fptrc in the red post below the black (from Rnd 5). *4 sc, fptrc in the red post below the black (from Rnd 5)* 2 times (34)
Rnd 8-11: Sc around in both loops. (34)
Sl st. Finish off and weave in ends.
Trim white fun fur to ¼” length.
BELT BUCKLE INSTRUCTIONS
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. 3 sl st, ch 1, *skip ch-1, 4 sl st, ch 1* 2 times. Skip ch-1, 4 sl st. (16)
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Pin then sew belt buckle in a square over the black “belt” centered between the fptrc’s that have 8 stitches between them (sts 15-24). Weave in ends.
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