Nothing like getting ready to get your St. Paddy’s day on than having a little bit of St. Patrick’s Mint Bark handy to have people snack on while getting into the festive spirit!
When I was a kid St. Patrick’s day was always so much fun! We had a parade full of candy and bead throwers, school bands marching and so many fun things to do! I can remember both watching and participating in the parade when I was a kid. I was in my middle school band and played the clarinet! I was a talented little thing. However, since I have moved away from my hometown I treasure those memories more and more even though I love where I live today. It was always so much fun!
During this time I can remember my mom and I would try to make everything with a little bit more green in it. We would bake Chocolate chip and M&M cookies with those green M&M’s as well as make green velvet brownies to make it a little bit more festive! It was always fun baking with my mom when I was a kid. I always felt like a little chef and always wanted to make yummy goodies like my mom!
Today, my mom no longer bakes (well rarely). Instead, I am the one who is always baking and I even inherited her stand mixer! So, this year I had some fun! I got into the spirit of St. Paddy’s day maybe a little early but I am in the middle of an ice storm and craving spring! My spring fever is bad that I have been trying to think of ways to wear my spring time clothes in this snow and ice mess. So far I have come up empty but I have yet to quit! Maybe a long sleeve shirt under my tank dress with leggings and sandal over my boots… nope not yet!
Anyways, This St. Patrick’s mint bark is super easy to make and kids will have a ball with it! I did it all in my microwave it was done in about an hour or so! Except for the chilling part. My favorite part is probably licking the spoon… just saying.
2 cups of Semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
2 cups White Chocolate Chips
1/2 tsp Pepper mint or spearmint extract (optional)
Green Food Coloring (the color is your choice
2 handfuls of green star mints unwrapped and crushed
Lay a piece of parchment paper over a cookie pan that has sides to it. Place yourdark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Place inside for about 1 minute. Stir and place back into the microwave in 30 second intervals (stirring after every interval) until the chocolate chips are melted. Pour your liquid chocolate onto the prepared pan. Spread evenly across the pan and place pan in fridge for 20 minutes to set. Melt the white chocolate chips the same way as the others. Mix in the green food coloring. If you want a more prominent green and more. Add in your flavoring if desired. Mix and spread over the chocolate layer. Sprinkle your crushed mints over top and place back into fridge over night or at least a couple of hours. Take out and break into two to three bite pieces and keep out in a bowl through out the spring time! So tasty!
I love making mint bark for any occasion because it is so much fun and so easy to give away! It is also so easy to cater to the season and holiday as well! This St. Patrick’s Mint Bark can easily be made into a Christmas Bark (like peppermint bark or even a candy corn bark). I also like that you can change up the top part too! Don’t want mint flavor you don’t have to add it and you can put another candy on top! It is also gluten free and vegan too! so everyone can enjoy this tasty treat!
kids will love to help make this St. Patrick’s mint bark is yummy treat and they will enjoy snacking on it too! Such a great treat to give away too! I made some peppermint bark this holiday season and gave it to everyone I knew. People were coming back asking for my recipe and if I could make them more! It is always so much fun when that sort of thing happens instead of giving something to people that they may not want!
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