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Snowy Mint Bark “Heaven in My Mouth”

Snowy Mint Bark[I have to admit, this was not my original recipe, but over the years I’ve ‘perfected’ it and made it my own.]

Snowy Mint Bark is one of our family favourites around Christmas.  It’s so easy to sneak a little bit of this delectable chocolate and it’s a wonderful thing to add to the Christmas Cookie Plate that goes to the neighbours.  One family recently described it as “like heaven in my mouth” :) (I’m not sure what that implies theologically, mind you.)  Besides that, it’s just plain easy!!!

Of course with a recipe this simple there’s room for lots of variation.

One warning, however… we did try using the green chocolate wafers one year to add some colour, but they didn’t melt properly.  Not sure why, but they never came out liquidy.  It was more like a PlayDough consistency :P.

We have added red and green food colouring to the white chocolate in the past, especially when making three different batches — white, red and green.  That worked well.  (Come to think of it, I forgot to do that this year!).

So here it is.  My version of Snowy Mint Bark.

Recipe for Snowy Mint Bark (Murray’s Version)

NOTE: Nothing about my recipes are exact.  These are guidelines only!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of white chocolate wafers melted (1kg)
  • 1 cup, or so, of dark chocolate wafers melted
  • 1 cup, or so, of crushed candy cane

Directions:

  • White Chocolate / Candy mixture:
    • Melt the white chocolate wafers in a large Pyrex measuring bowl, in the microwave on high for two minutes on high
    • Remove from microwave and stir
    • Melt for approximately another 2 minutes, but be careful not to burn the chocolate!
    • Remove from microwave and stir to eliminate the lumps
    • Add approximately 1/2 cup of crushed candy cane to the melted white chocolate
  • Melt 1 cup of the dark chocolate in a separate measuring cup in a similar method to the white chocolate above
  • Line a baking sheet with foil (preferably one with a small side to it)
  • Pour the dark and white chocolates on the foil in a marbleized pattern and swirl gently with a fork or spoon
  • Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy cane over the top
  • “Jiggle” the pan to allow the candy to settle in, and the chocolate to spread out more evenly
  • Allow to cool in a cool environment (cold room, garage, etc)
  • Break up into small pieces
  • Pig Out!

Quantities for Multiple Recipes and Easy Buying:

  1. Single Recipe: 6 cups white chocolate (1kg); 1 cup of dark chocolate wafers; 1 cup of crushed candy cane
  2. Double Recipe: 12 cups white chocolate (2kg); 2 cups of dark chocolate wafers; 2 cups of crushed candy cane
  3. Triple Recipe: 18 cups white chocolate (3kg); 3 cups of dark chocolate wafers; 3 cups of crushed candy cane

That’s it!!!

The original called for Andes mints and crushing your own candies.  Much more work and a lit messier (and also now harder to find), but here it is.  The original version of Snowy Mint Bark.

Recipe for Snowy Mint Bark (Original)

  • 6 cups of white chocolate melted (1kg)
  • 36 red and green mints crushed
  • one box of Andes Creme de Menthe wafer coarsely chopped (28 pieces)
  • pour first two onto a foil lined cookie sheet and sprinkle on the wafers
  • allow to cool
  • break up
  • pig out!

That’s it!!!

The Wonders of a Christmas Parade

WillowtreeI’ve been watching Facebook and I know some of you are stressing out about Christmas and noting that it’s their least favourite time of the year.

For some of you, I get it — grieving losses, disillusionment, disgust at the consumerism, the expectations of having to shop, etc — but for me Christmas is a wonderful time of the year!  The music, the smiles on people’s faces, the get togethers with family and friends, the scheming of buying and hiding gifts, the GIVING of gifts (sometimes anonymously), etc, etc, etc.

2014-12-06 11.28.47I went into town this morning to go to the Post Office and got “stuck” in the “traffic jam” of the Mount Albert Santa Claus Parade.  Watching the kids line the streets waiting and watching brought back so many memories.  I couldn’t help but get a little teary as the crude floats passed and I remembered doing the same as a kid with my parents growing up in London.  It wasn’t about Santa.  It was about seeing their friends in the parade, drinking hot chocolate, sucking on a candy cane that a clown had given you, and meeting and greeting your neighbours.

It could have been a huge annoyance as I was trying to run errands, but it created a wonderful pause in my day.

Christmas is definitely about the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, but it’s also about family, friends and sharing the things we have been abundantly blessed with.  May this Christmas NOT be a time you dread.  May it reopen your eyes to the wonders and blessings you have been given and may it inspire you to ‘pay it forward’ and to enjoy the faces of those around you.

TTFN

Monty Python Understands Government Bureaucracy

So I just got off the phone… for the third time… with Service Ontario, that wonderful branch of the Ontario Government responsible for mucking things up. Back in the Spring/Summer we had fun with them in the renewal of our drivers licenses and health cards, but this time the episode revolves around the renewal of . . . → Read More: Monty Python Understands Government Bureaucracy

Business Etiquette 101

meeting

Now, I’m not a business management consultant, so I don’t know everything about business, but I have worked in the business world now for around 35 years and over that time a lot has changed (I’m starting to sound like a Senior Citizen reminiscing about ‘the good old days’) but one thing that shouldn’t have . . . → Read More: Business Etiquette 101

Murray’s Tasty Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Last night my wife was going to be late coming home from the city, but she had already planned to make Sloppy Joes to use up some Quick Sale hamburger buns she’d bought a few days earlier.

I wanted to surprise her with the meal all ready, but I had no idea how she’d done . . . → Read More: Murray’s Tasty Sloppy Joes