As the last of the stale Halloween candy is shoved to the back of store shelves, an avalanche of red, green and white tumbles into the aisle.
The coming of the first seasonal candy cane means one thing to us: peppermint bark.
Whether you forgot to get admin Alex a gift, need nibbles for visiting wassailers or simply hankering for something spirited and sweet to munch on during the sixteenth hour of the "A Christmas Story" marathon - the solution is just 45 minutes and two ingredients away.
Package it up in a decorative cookie tin or a clear, plastic bag with a festive red ribbon - no gift receipt required.
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