Chocolate and peppermint. The flavor combo is one of my favorites. It comes in a close second to chocolate and peanut butter. These chocolate peppermint squares are the perfect bite sized treat for your holiday celebrations.
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My kids have been begging for chocolate chips as their after school snack almost every day. I steer them towards a healthy snack but every day they come home and think that I’m going to decide that chocolate chips count as a snack and allow them to have some. Do they count as an adult snack? Of course. Do they count as a snack when mixed with nuts and fruits in a trail mix? Yes. But not on their own, kids. Not on their own. I can’t be the only one that has this conversation, right? Buuuut… I may just make an exception if the chocolate is paired with peppermint. Plus, sometimes I just get tired of all the begging.
In order to keep them from begging everyday, I decided to turn the chocolate chips into a treat. Chocolate Peppermint Squares. This recipe really can’t get any easier. It contains 2 ingredients and all you need is a candy mold.
Chocolate Peppermint Squares
- 1 pack candy canes regular size or mini
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- square chocolate candy mold
Crush the candy canes
Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the bag
Place a layer of crushed candy canes into the candy mold
Pour the chocolate into the mold, on top of the crushed candy canes
Let the chocolate set for about 30 minutes- 1 hour
After the chocolate is set, pop the candy out of the mold
As I cautioned in my peanut butter balls post, the key to getting the chocolate to melt correctly is to use a tupperware-like bowl or a disposable food container to melt the chocolate in the microwave. Ceramic bowls get too hot and overcook the chocolate turning it into a big hard chunk.
Now I feel a little better when they ask for chocolate as a snack because its portioned out and they aren’t just shoving chocolate chips into their mouths by the handfuls. And yes, that does happen in our house. Am I the only one that justifies things this way? They have no shame when it comes to devouring the entire bag.
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