Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?

A couple of reasons for this, the main one being that you need to use high quality bar chocolate, not morsels, for both white and dark layers. (Now there are white morsels available made with cocoa butter – just found this out – but some experts still prefer the bar chocolate.) White chocolate should contain cocoa butter, NOT palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil inhibits … Continue reading Peppermint Bark: Why are my Layers Separating?

Candy Box Chocolate Covered Cherries DIY

It was a request from a reader I couldn’t refuse. “Help! I always make chocolate covered cherries for New Year’s and I lost your recipe. Do you still have it?” And the answer is…yes. The first time I tasted these was when friend, Perrin Rountree, an Anderson Township reader, brought them to work during the holidays. Easy to make, there’s just a bit of technique … Continue reading Candy Box Chocolate Covered Cherries DIY

Edible Peppermint Candy Tray, Bowls, Ornaments

Carrie Clements remembered this fun craft from a column I wrote last year and couldn’t find the recipe, so here it is. This year we’ll be making peppermint trays and candy canes out of round hard candy mints again. It is so much fun and a great craft to make with the little ones.  Also makes a nice gift from the kitchen, with your favorite … Continue reading Edible Peppermint Candy Tray, Bowls, Ornaments