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I’m the Mama of three young kids and we live in London with my husband and two cats. I mainly blog about things that make children smile, get very excited, or find totally amazing … without taking up too much effort on your part!  I hope you enjoy …

Peppermint Bark is one of Father Christmas' favourites, and is an absolute must for Christmas! Recipe here!

Peppermint Bark!

I discovered Peppermint Bark from the Americans! It’s so easy to make, so delicious and not in the least bit good for you. Do keep it in the fridge because Peppermint Bark can get a bit melty and bendy at room temperature and that’s less posh looking.  Father Christmas makes an incredible one.


What You Need:

  • Good quality chocolate (I prefer milk, but choose whichever chocolate you love eating the most, whether it’s milk, white or dark chocolate).  If you need it to be gluten & dairy free then I can really recommend Montezuma’s chocolate.  I use 200g.
  • Candy Canes (about 8-10).  It depends how much of a minty crust you’d like.


What You Do:

  • Cover a large baking tray with some parchment paper.
  • Take the wrapper off the candy canes and place them inside a closed food bag.  Smash them into tiny pieces – you’ll end up with the full range of some chunky pieces all the way down to some fine powder.  The kids LOVE doing this bit.
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it in a heatproof dish (e.g. in a pyrex bowl), sitting on top of a pan of boiling water.
  • Once it’s all completely melted, stir it well and then spread it over the parchment paper to form a thin-ish even layer using a palette knife.
  • Quickly sprinkle the candy cane pieces over the chocolate and gently press them into the surface of the chocolate.
  • Put the Peppermint Bark into the fridge until it’s set hard, break it into pieces and place it in an airtight container in the fridge.


You may also like to see other Free From Recipes including:

Incredible Bombproof Meringues.
Mixed Berry Muffins

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  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    January 1, 2016 AT 6:11 PM

    What a great idea! They are so festive & they’d be fun for the kiddies to help make & of course eat them too! Yum x

    • International Elf Service
      January 1, 2016 AT 8:49 PM

      Thank you and yes it’s definitely a family event in both the making and the eating departments!

  • Vicki Montague - The Free From Fairy
    December 18, 2015 AT 10:30 AM

    Oh yum! The kids would love this! I might have a go next week with them using dairy-free chocolate. I will need to keep my hands well away though as off sugar as far as possible!!

    • International Elf Service
      December 18, 2015 AT 11:08 AM

      I’m also trying to stay off the sugar. It definitely doesn’t agree with me!

  • Honest mum
    November 24, 2015 AT 11:18 PM

    I have just raided the closest thing I had in the cupboard to this beauty which was buttons, chocolate buttons so not a touch on this-WOW! Just wow! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    • International Elf Service
      November 25, 2015 AT 9:19 PM

      Oh I totally love chocolate buttons. And mint Aeros and After Eights…can you detect a theme??

    November 24, 2015 AT 9:34 PM

    Yum! I’m thinking this would be a good gift idea for Finn’s nursery teachers. He always like to make them something at Christmas and this would be perfect 🙂

    • International Elf Service
      November 24, 2015 AT 9:48 PM

      Do you know, it actually would. Do store it in the fridge after you’ve made it so it stays hard though 🙂

  • Honest mum
    November 22, 2015 AT 9:37 PM

    Oh wow, come to Mama! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • International Elf Service
      November 24, 2015 AT 10:56 AM

      It’s so delicious. Too delicious 😀

  • Emma
    November 14, 2015 AT 2:32 PM

    This looks so pretty! What a fun and easy recipe for the kids. We are off to America on Friday so I’ll have to pick up some good candy canes. #freefromfridays

    • International Elf Service
      November 16, 2015 AT 2:54 PM

      Ooh good idea! Have a really lovely time – will you be there for thanksgiving?

  • Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    November 13, 2015 AT 3:38 AM

    Wow, I’d never have thought to use candy canes in this way. What a cool idea. Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

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