Monday, November 16, 2015

RECIPE :: Salted Almond Caramel Bark

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The holidays are right around the corner and one of my favorite things to do is decorate all of my trees! Yes, I said trees (as in plural) because I like to do themed trees in different rooms and it's something I remember my mom doing when I was little, so I guess that's why I do it to, it's tradition. I am all about keeping traditions for the holidays and look forward to getting some of my favorite ornaments every year from my mom for my Barbie tree! I have always been a huge fan of Barbie so I think it was around the time I was in college that she started gifting me a new Barbie ornament every year and the next thing I know, I had myself a themed Christmas tree of just Barbie ornaments! You can see what I am talking about in this post on did on my pink and red decor in my dining room. It takes me forever to decorate that tree every year as I take time looking at each and every one as they are such works of art and I love them so. I have quite the collection!

So fast forward to when I had a daughter of my own, I started a tradition with the ornaments as well, with her. Until she can decide on her own what kind of themed tree she would like to do, I am simply relying on what she likes at the time. Yup, every year, I hand pick a Hallmark ornament out for her that showcases what she liked during that particular year or what she was in to and she loves seeing what I will pick out for her every year!

When I was in Walmart the other day picking up a few things, I noticed they had their new Hallmark ornaments out already, so I went to check them out and see if any would be applicable for my daughter this year. As it turns out, they had the adorable Snoopy and of course the Peanuts gang is all the rage right now with Snoopy being my daughter's fave so I went ahead and grabbed him for her tree. I also noticed this Christmas Vacation ornament and I am sure like every other family out there, it has been tradition since that movie came out to watch it every year (like 100 times) and my whole family can recite it word for word. We always LOVE this tradition every year of watching that movie and laughing until it hurts.  ;)

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My mom is always the one who gets us kids cool Hallmark ornaments every year so I thought, why not gift her an ornament this year and give a little handmade gift along with it! I mean she likes to deck the halls too, so why not give her a new Hallmark ornament along with some homemade holiday bark! She loves anything with caramel so I was inspired to create this recipe from the colors on her Hallmark ornament I got for her!

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This recipe is really good if you love caramel and I can't wait to see what my momma thinks of it! Here's how you can make this delicious holiday bark recipe: Salted Almond Caramel Bark

1. Gather all of the ingredients you will need: a 24 oz. package of white almond bark, 3 cups of dark chocolate chips, 3/4 cups green candy melts, 1.5 cups of sliced almonds and a package of caramel bits. (1 3/4 cups)

2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt the white almond bark according to the directions & pour into pan, spread evenly. Place in frig for 10 minutes.

3. Melt the dark chocolate chips and pour over the white. 

4. Sprinkle the sliced almonds over the melted chocolate.

5. Melt caramel according to the directions and drizzle over bark in pan. 

6. Melt the green candy melts and drizzle in the other direction to form pattern as shown and refrigerate for about 30 minutes before breaking into pieces.

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I found these super cute jars, while I was shopping as well, and picked up a couple to put the bark in. So I loaded them up, attached the ornament and it was ready to go! 

I also decided that I needed to make my daughter her fave bark for the holidays and package hers up for her like I did my momma and I think it tuned out so cute. Her bark is the same process, only less steps, dark chocolate on bottom, cover with the white almond mark, sprinkle with M&Ms and red candy melts and you have one that any kid would love. Plus it matches her ornament too . . .it's THE details right? ;)

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Don't forget to check out the display of Hallmark Ornaments the next time you are at Walmart to see if there are any you could get for your own tree or gift giving. I mean that had an amazing selection especially since their ornament selection includes 16 Walmart exclusives including resin figurines, Holiday Barbie, new decor figurines and more. I saw Star Wars, Barbie, Mickey Mouse . . . you surely will find one as Hallmark ornaments are a perfect addition to any Christmas tree.  I will tell you, that they are NOT located in the card section but more towards the front of the store or near the Christmas decorations.

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What traditions does your family do around the holidays? Have you ever tried this holiday bark recipe? Please comment below and let's chat . . .

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  1. Well thats super fabulous looking! I cannot wait to get started with our Christmas festivities!

  2. This is so festive and fun! And it looks delicious too. I love peppermint bark, that's my fave!

  3. These look delicious and are definitely a great gift!

  4. This bark looks like it would make a delicious gift! I will add it to my list

  5. How unusual I have never seen anything like this but it looks so good. I love salted caramel!

  6. OH MY YUM! Those Hallmark ornaments are two of our FAVORITES! ("I don't KNOW, MARGO!") Love that bark - looks scrumptious and can't wait to try it for myself - looks awesome as a gift as well. #client

  7. What a great gift idea. The bark looks yummy!

  8. this looks like a perfect gift to whip up for the plethora of teachers we have to gift this year

  9. This looks so good! I love the idea of bark, but I always forget to make it!

  10. Well, I'm drooling over here! Looks and sounds incredible. Yum! LifeAsLex

  11. Last year was the first time I ever heard of bark. This looks delicious and easy.

  12. We always decorate a huge Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We have been doing it for years, so we can call it our family tradition. I love your styling. The photos are gorgeous.

  13. That almond bark looks SUPER good. Do you want to mail me some? ;-)

  14. Fun idea that would be great family project. I really need to get started on holiday shopping and decor!

  15. I hope these come out looking the same when I try them! I would love to make these :)

  16. That looks so good. I just recently made some bark for a Halloween bake sale... did you post that a little while ago? I did take the idea from another blogger! Lol. I plan on making some peppermint bark this year.

  17. That bark looks amazing and the ornaments are so cute! I have tons of Hallmark ornaments, most of them handed down to me by my grandmother.

  18. Omg this bark looks so tasty!!!!! One of my favorite parts about Christmas is bark! Yummy!

  19. holy moly! I seriously need this bark in my life like right now!!!

  20. OMG! I want that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ornament!

    I have GOT to make this bark!

  21. We love the Peanuts and everything Hallmark. That bark looks so delicious!


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