What’s on the menu this week?! Sweets, yikes! I’m not a big fan of giving my son sugar. He is wild enough as it is. But, tis’ the season! And I wanted his help in the kitchen on this one, so I felt it only fair to let him taste test. Making goodies to share with friends and family is one of my favorite activities of the holidays. It’s extra special this year, because I get to share the fun with my son. In making my Christmas goodies list, I started thinking about which ones I could involve my nearly sixteen month old son in and this one fit the bill! This yummy white chocolate bark is so simple, your toddler can easily join right in. Here’s what my little man and I got into!
Ingredients: white chocolate morsels, shortening, candy canes, Oreos, pretzels
1.Place candy canes/Oreos/pretzels (whichever you choose) in a Ziplock bag and seal.
2. Get your toddler and set them up on a chair beside you in the kitchen, give them a plastic bottle and show them how to crush. Get your crush on! You’ll need around 1 cup of crushed goodie per 12 oz of chocolate.
3. Let your toddler go trash the house while you finish the job! Melt 12 oz chocolate morsels and 2 tsp shortening together in the microwave, stir every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. This typically takes me 4 rotations of 30 seconds. The shortening is key to getting the chocolate smooth and creamy.
4. Choose a goody (1 cup of crushed candy canes, Oreos or pretzels). Mix the goody in with the melted chocolate.
5. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Place in the refrigerator until hard, around an hour.
6. Break into finger sized pieces. Bon Appe’tit baby!
Verdict: Dangerous! This momma has a small addiction to white chocolate. I’m afraid my son may be following in my footsteps. He loves it! Making this white chocolate bark was such a treat, because I got to share it with my son and I get to give it to friends and family. And of course, I will have plenty for myself. After all, I only make it one time a year! I like the pretzel bark the best. My son is into the peppermint, it’s very flavorful. If you decide to try this recipe, please share pics of you and your little making it together. Oh what fun! Check out more finger food recipes here.
Respect, kindness and love begin with babies…we must show them the way!