Peppermint Bark Recipe (GFDFSF)

by SomeGirl on December 19, 2011 · 3 comments

At the end of October, after reading quite a few articles and books, I decided to experiment with gluten free, dairy free eating for my oldest son who has sensory processing disorder (found that out in August) and for my youngest who has eczema and asthma-like croup often.

After a week into dairy and gluten free living I discovered that soy made my stomach cramp and sent my boys (the oldest particularly) on a crazy, hyper tailspin. So, we took soy out of our diet as well (which has been the hardest of the three to eliminate – it’s in nearly EVERYTHING).

Surprisingly, two weeks into being gluten free, dairy free, soy free (GFDFSF) my fibromyalgia pain nearly disappeared! I hadn’t expected that, but was grateful for the relief. Each time I’ve broken from our new way of eating I’ve had my pain flare back up.

In addition, my oldest has made great progress with his vision and auditory therapy since this change, and my youngest’s allergies have cleared up considerably.

It’s been amazing to watch what happens each time we “cheat” and has strengthened my resolve to stay GFDFSF!

However, my oldest is not particularly fond of “missing out” on all the great snacks being provided during the Christmas season, so I’m working hard to find good substitutes that let him have fun, but keep him GFDFSF.

Since I know I’m not the only one out there looking for good substitutes, I thought I’d occasionally share some of what I find.

Here’s our latest experiment/substitution…

Yesterday my oldest and I were out at the store shopping for Christmas presents for his vision and auditory therapists. We found these delicious candies:


When asked if we could get a pack for ourselves, I looked at the ingredients and noticed they contained soy. This prompted label reading for numerous packages of chocolate candies, which all ended with the words, “No, we can’t have these. They have soy.”

With a sad face by my side, I set forth on a mission to make our version of these candies…

We looked through the chocolate aisle, hoping almond bark would be soy free, but it wasn’t. Fortunately I had a few bags of Enjoy Life chocolate chips (soy, dairy, gluten free) at home and was able to find soft peppermint that had no wheat meal.


We crushed some peppermints (about 16).


Melted the chocolate chips (a full bag’s worth).


Added the crushed peppermints to the melted chocolate.


Stirred the peppermints around until fully covered.

Spread the chocolate mixture out on a parchment paper lined baking tray.


Crushed 4 more peppermints and sprinkled the crumbs on top of the melted chocolate spread.


Then placed the tray in the fridge to cool for 15 minutes.

After that time we took the hardened candy out and broke it into bite-size pieces.


Everyone thought they were very tasty!

And I’m sure to carry a container of them with me to our next holiday party. I’ve found it’s good to have a tasty, sweet treat that’s acceptable to my boys when we’re at special celebrations… makes it much easier to stay GFDFSF.

Hope you enjoy!


♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)
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Paula Strong

Thank you Michelle. I have discovered the same thing with gluten but it is incredibly hard to stick to it. Maybe this will help me!

Betsy at Zen Mama

My son LOVES peppermint bark so thank you so much for this recipe. Glad the diet seems to be working. One of my preschoolers is doing the same thing for her son who has eczema. It seems to be working for him, too.


I can relate to your families plight. My son has/had asthma until we removed the same allergens from his diet. We are always faced with reading labels and more than we’d like having to put the food back. Having options like Enjoy Life chocolate has really helped. Thanks for posting your bark recipe and your families story. It’s helpful to hear other people are going through the same thing with their kids. Right down to “missing out” foods. It’s because of feeling left out I’m searching the web for tried and true holiday baking recipes. Thanks again!

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