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Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe

Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe

Many years ago, my Aunt gifted me a jar of peppermint hot chocolate. That holiday season I drank several steaming mugs of hot cocoa, and a new passion for this refreshing, peppermint-and-chocolate combo was born. While delectable hot chocolate may be a “necessity” in any cold (or cool…) climate, in warmer climates, I find it difficult to consume hot beverages to my heart’s content. The only solution was to eat it instead in the form of Peppermint Bark! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is a wallet-friendly way to satisfy your holiday cravings, or you can package it to gift to friends, family, coworkers and your secret santa this holiday season. Continue reading

Chocolate Fudge

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Recipe

My family has a sweet tooth a mile-long, though we try not to give into it. The exception of course is  during the holidays, when – as everyone knows – calories do not count. So for a mouth-watering treat, try making some fudge. By modifying a handful of traditional fudge recipes, I have prepared this easy, no-bake recipe and had excellent, chocolatey results every time. Homemade chocolate fudge is an excellent gift for friends, family, and neighbors anytime of year, but especially around the holidays when small gestures like this seem to mean so much.  Continue reading

Hershey Kiss Cookies

Hershey Kiss Cookie Recipe

Traditional flour, sugar and walnut cookies like the Italian Wedding Cookie are a staple in holiday festivities in many countries around the world. There are numerous variations on the recipes from the sugary sweetness to the extracts used (like almond, lemon and vanilla). Some variations that became popular with the success of the Hershey Kiss are the ‘Kiss Blossoms’ with a hershey kiss on top of the cookie and the ‘Hidden Kiss’ or ‘Secret Kiss’ cookies with a Hershey Kiss tucked inside. I prefer the Secret Kiss version because the kiss is baked inside the dough, giving the inside of the cookie a warmer, gooier feeling, which is heaven when combined with the flaky exterior of the more traditional Italian Wedding Cookie dough. It’s a delicious treat, suitable for cooks of all skill-level, and a fun way to let kids help out in the kitchen. Continue reading