The food: I came across a cute silicone candy mold from Good Cook at the grocer after a workout, when I felt like I had “earned” a sweet treat. I don’t decorate for the holidays, and definitely don’t cook for them. Yet for some reason, I bought this mold and a live 12-inch Christmas tree. Total impulse buys. Although the mold came with a recipe for peppermint bark, I looked online and modified it before making my own candy bars. I never thought I would be making beautiful homemade food gifts for the holidays, but here I am. Best of all, I found the perfect Christmas music to pair with this oh-so-simple, three-ingredient recipe.
The music: One of my favorite holiday albums growing up was this 1979 winner, which paired two things I loved as a youngster—John Denver and The Muppets. I always loved the comic relief of Miss Piggy, coupled with the earnestness of Kermit and the innocence of Fozzie Bear. “A Christmas Together” is a family friendly album with plenty of classics, including “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I promise, this album is worth adding to any Christmas playlist.
With only three (or four, if you choose the optional oil) ingredients (below), this is a seriously simple recipe. It involves melting and layering two types of chocolate, and adding some crushed candies. I found the white chips didn’t melt well, so I added a tablespoon of milk, which quickly solved the problem. Otherwise, this is the world’s easiest recipe. And the results, especially when you use a cute mold, are perfect for gift giving. Looks good, tastes great, and is super easy to make. Why wouldn’t you give it a go?