Hostess Gifts in 10 minutes flat!

Candy Cane Candy bark!  We made a cookie sheet of it, and broke it up, bagged it, and are delivering to neighbors & friends this week.  The kids had a blast smashing the candy canes!

Read below the recipe to find printable bag toppers!

Peppermint Candy Cane Bark
Recipe Type: Dessert, Candy,
Author: Cathy Tibbles | Strawberries Are Gluten Free
Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 20
Gluten free and easy gift – ready in 30 minutes.
  • 1 lb white candy melts (gluten free – means do NOT get them from open bulk containers)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 300g chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 4 – 10 drops peppermint extract – to taste
  • 6 candy canes, crushed
  1. Melt the white candy melts & shortening in a double boiler
  2. Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper or tin foil
  3. When all melts are dissolved, add peppermint extract, stir well
  4. (optional – add red food coloring to top of double boiler, stir 6 times lightly for a swirl effect)
  5. Pour onto cookie sheet, spread evenly
  6. Melt chocolate chips in same double boiler, stirring to an even color until completely melted.
  7. Pour chocolate chips & shortening evenly over white layer. Take knife and swirl the two layers together.
  8. Top with crushed candy canes before the chocolate chips set.
  9. Put in freezer to set in 5 minutes.
  10. Remove, break into pieces and put in pretty bags for gifting!

Click on the image to go to the site and download these FREE printable bag toppers!  How cute are they?

About Cathy Tibbles

In 2007 Cathy's Hubby was diagnosed with celiac disease and Strawberries Are Gluten Free was born. The early days of SAGF are chock full of all the newly converted recipes. More recently the articles are trending to cool new products, events, local news and family tales.


  1. This looks amazing Cathy! What a great idea!! and I love the bag toppers- esp the Be Happy. Be Jolly. Believe. Merry Christmas sister! love you all so much!


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