Oh candy cane bark... so pretty and so delicious! Candy cane bark is such an easy and traditional dessert that is a great gift or dessert for Christmas. What a great way to reduce your Christmas cooking stress with a quick and amazingly impressive 2-ingredient dessert. You have probably of heard about candy cane bark due to it being quite a common Christmas gift and sweet treat. My Nanna was actually the one who suggested I make this for Veggieful as I have been receiving heaps of emails asking for Christmas recipes and ideas. I remember first seeing candy cane bark when I was about 9 years old in primary school. The canteen lady brought a whole tray in to sell which was more exciting than the many candy canes we received before the holidays. The amazing thing about this dessert is that it looks so beautiful and so appealing. I have often heard it being called "Reindeer Bark" or "Santa's Money". Anyway, all you need to purchase is a block of vegan chocolate and a box of vegan candy canes which can be found in your local $2 shops or supermarkets. So, if you are unsure of what delicious treats to serve on Christmas day try these or even gift them to your friends :) Have a look at the Jerome's cute cartoon and the tips and serving suggestions at the bottom of the page for ways to plate-up and optional ingredients to make them even more exciting!
300g vegan milk chocolate, melted*
4 peppermint candy canes, crushed (about 4 tablespoons)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
- Crush four candy canes with a rolling pin or heavy object until they are unevenly crushed into small and medium pieces. This should result in about four tablespoons of crushed candy canes. Set aside.
- Pour the vegan melted chocolate onto the baking tray and using a spatula or spoon, spread-out the melted chocolate to the edges of the paper to the thickness you desire.
- Immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the melted chocolate.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour until the chocolate has completely hardened.
- Using a sharp knife, carefully cut up the candy cane bark into shards or whatever shapes you desire.
- Serve immediately or keep cool until serving. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! :)
- If you would like it to look more exciting than the simple milk chocolate and crushed candy cane, you can also purchase a vegan dark chocolate and a vegan white chocolate and layer the chocolates to form a three-coloured bark. Start with melting the dark chocolate and letting it harden, top with milk chocolate and letting it harden and then adding the melted white chocolate and sprinkling it with candy cane and letting it harden. Then slice it into shards for a pretty three-coloured effect!
- My mum also suggests another delicious idea of raisins soaked in rum and scattered over the chocolate in replacement of the candy cane! Yum yum! Rum and raisin chocolate bark!
- *If you are situated in Australia, you can purchase vegan chocolate from Woolworths and Coles in the health food section. I used Sweet William brand milk chocolate.
- These look beautiful scattered over a big white rectangular platter at Christmas with a few candy canes to garnish.
- Serve it in cute little boxes or cellophane bags with a pretty ribbon as a sweet gift!