Day 263 / 365
My blogger buddy, Faye Lessler has created and shared some bad ass seasonal and sustainable food recipes on the blog throughout the year. She's an amazing and diverse blogger (and human) and came up with some awesome last minute DIY mason jar treats for your loved ones that basically let you gift everyone on your list. You can find more of Faye's incredible creations and awesome outfit posts, amongst other stories, on her blog, Sustaining Life, here. Below are her words and creations as part of a 4 part series from her!
If you're anything like me, you are still scrambling to finish off at least a few Christmas gifts - despite only having four days before the deadline. As someone who actively avoids any and all holiday hubbub or excess that goes along with last-minute gift shopping, I have adopted a new strategy this year. Yep, you guessed it, I'm cooking up some holiday treats! 
Not only is holiday shopping stressful and expensive, but it also comes with a lot of waste, excess, and mediocre gifts. By making edible gifts at home and packaging them in cute, reusable mason jars, I am happily avoiding all of that trash while ensuring that my gifts are both useful and enjoyable for everyone! These three edible treats are sure to please the loved ones on both of our gift lists this year. These treats and sustainable wrapping suggestions are cheap, easy, and can all be accomplished in one day. Now that is what I call an enjoyable holiday activity.

For The Snacker: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

What you need:
  • 3 lbs of chocolate (semisweet, dark, white...)
  • 1.5 tbsp peppermint extract
  • a handful of candy canes (use more if you like more candy crunch)
  1. Create a double boiler by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and setting a smaller pot or glass bowl inside. Don't let the water get in the smaller vessel and don't let it touch the sides or bottom of the larger pot.
  2. If in large blocks, chop chocolate into smaller chunks.
  3. Add chocolate and peppermint extract to the smaller vessel of your double boiler. Allow to melt while stirring.
  4. Pour melted chocolate into a baking pan lined in parchment paper.
  5. Crush candy canes and sprinkle over top of chocolate.
  6. Spread evenly in baking pan and set in refrigerator for at least one hour. 
  7. Chop into large chunks and transfer to jars!

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all photos by Faye!