I love cooking and baking! Anytime I can make something homemade, I am all for it!  The holidays are an especially great time, because I always like to try something new each year.

This year I have been craving peppermint bark. For some reason to me, peppermint bark is always better when it is colder outside and you can enjoy with a nice cup of pumpkin hot chocolate (Yes pumpkin hot chocolate).

Usually when I make peppermint bark, I have always just crushed extra peppermint candy and placed it in my chocolate as well as on top. I never have used a peppermint extract when making it, but this year I thought I’d give an extract a try to see if it gave the peppermint bark a little extra something. My instincts were right, it was so good with the extract!

Nielson-Massey gave me the opportunity to try some pure extracts from a few of their lines, including: Pure chocolate, Pure Vanilla, Pure Almond, and Pure Peppermint.

All of the flavorings were wonderful! The vanilla added an excellent flavor to my chocolate chip cookies, and the almond flavor made my butter cream frosting amazing! I put the frosting on some yellow cupcakes and they were so good!

This almond extract tastes so much richer, and has an amazing flavor compared to the store brand I buy at my local supermarket; but the peppermint has added a flavor to my peppermint bark like you could not believe. I have included my peppermint bark recipe below for you because I think you will just love it!

If you are looking for some flavors to enhance your holiday this year, the Nielson-Massey extracts might be just the extra punch you need!  These would also make for a great gift basket idea for a gift exchange.


The recipe listed below is so simple and easy, you can make this recipe from start to finish in 20 minutes or less!

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Place Almond Bark in a bowl and melt according to package directions


Melt, then spread evenly on wax paper lined baking sheet.


Repeat with Chocolate Almond Bark, then sprinkle peppermint baking chips on top (I used Andes chips).


Once hardened, break into chunks and enjoy!



Disclosure: The Mommy Bunch was provided a free product to facilitate this review, however, all opinions are our own.