I’ve made it a tradition to share last minute holiday recipes that promise quick, easy and impressive results. Thanksgiving White Chocolate Bark delivers on all of those promises and more! This beautiful bark can be made and packaged for gift giving in under an hour.
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Our family Thanksgiving tradition is to spend the day relaxing and cooking together. Everyone cooks and bakes their favorites.
Some foods are the same each year, some are brand new recipes being attempted for the first time. I’m trying to incorporate the traditions of “new family members” into our meal as well.
Last year I asked my daughter’s boyfriend and my son’s girlfriend what Thanksgiving food was important to them. They both said mashed potatoes. We haven’t been much of a mashed potato family. Until now.
Last year’s attempt at crock pot mashed potatoes (it sounded like a good idea in theory) produced a cement-like substance that probably wasn’t what my guests were thinking of. This year, I plan to ditch the crockpot and aim for something light and fluffy. Wish me potato luck!
I have no trouble dreaming up fanciful desserts. The hard part is being realistic about how much time some things take to prepare. I struggle with the concept of “keep it simple” baking or candy making.
I start with a simple plan, then my mind takes off with ideas full of time consuming details. It’s a challenge to add details without adding time.
The best way I know to create decorating pizazz, that’s quick and eye catching, is with sprinkles. (I may have mentioned that once or twice before.) For Thanksgiving White Chocolate Bark, fall leaf sprinkles do all the detail work in a flash.
Melted white chocolate is spread on a wax paper lined pan to create a blank canvas. Melted dark or milk chocolate is piped on to form preschool-esque tree trunks with branches.
Leaf sprinkles turn the bare trees into fall trees, and boring chocolate bark into a special Thanksgiving treat or gift.
Cut into individual portions and wrapped in cellophane candy bags, Thanksgiving White Chocolate Bark makes a lovely hostess gift, or a sweet surprise for each place setting at the Thanksgiving table. Care packages of Thanksgiving White Chocolate Bark, can help bring the holidays to loved ones away from home.
Wishing everyone a sweet and happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving White Chocolate Bark
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- 2 cups white melting chocolate
- ¼ - ⅓ cup dark or milk melting chocolate
- Sprinkles fall colored leaves, fall colored balls
- Line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan (12" x 17") with wax paper. Set aside.
- Put the dark or milk melting chocolate in a small ziplock bag. Microwave at 50% power for about 45 seconds, or until just melted. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, melt the white chocolate in the microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Return to the microwave and heat at 50% power for 1 minute or until just melted. Stir until smooth.
- Pour the melted white chocolate onto the prepared pan. Spread evenly with a knife or spatula. Gently shake the pan side to side to even out the chocolate and smooth the surface.
- Cut a tiny corner off the bottom of the ziplock bag containing the melted chocolate. Pipe 8 or 9 tree trunks with branches randomly around the white chocolate surface. Sprinkle the trees with fall leaves sprinkles. Add additional sprinkle leaves and balls over the entire surface.
- Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, or until set. Use a knife to cut around the trees for individual portions.
- Can be stored for at least 2 weeks at room temperature, wrapped in cellophane candy bags or in an airtight container with wax paper between layers.