I thought I was done traveling. But I’m not. Sadly, I had a family emergency back in Wichita last week, so I haven’t had much time to cook. Just to drive. Driving to Wichita takes something like 7-8 hours. Whoever invented road trips must have been on drugs or alcohol at the time. Because driving through Kansas is not fun. It has grass. Dirt. And wreaks of urine. I’m not sure why. I swear it wasn’t me though. I get nervous on road trips, so I drink a total of 8 ounces per 10 hours. Extremely healthy, but I’m definitely not the one that has to stop at all those creepy rest stops. Those things are the creators of scary movies. Not peeing there.

So road trips are boring, obviously. I brought snacks, which is a given, in hopes of keeping myself entertained. Food gives you endorphins, endorphins make you feel good, feeling good makes you feel like you’re having a good time. So I stayed pretty entertained. And I actually found some great food options on the way there. I made mini muffins from Health-Bent and brought with me some Steve’s Paleo Krunch, but I needed some real protein to keep me from eating constantly. So we first found a Qdoba and I got a shredded pork bowl with guac and pico and it lasted 2 meals. Awesome. Then on the way back home, we stopped on Subway and I got a salad. Did you know you can get any sandwich a salad? That’s pretty rad. The chicken didn’t taste real, but whatevs. Better than the Taco John’s option. I would have been a terrible traveling buddy if I ate tacos and tater tots.

Why does Subway smell so weird? The smell seriously sticks to my hair within 15 seconds of being inside Subway. It creeps me out.  I guess I smell like broccoli most of the time anyways. I shouldn’t hate.

We played some pretty interesting games on the road trip. Like finish my sentence. And would you rather. Out of the 16 hours total of driving, we played those games for a total of 35 minutes. So in all honesty, they weren’t interesting at all. But I’m really good at using cruise control now.

Have you ever slept on your arm wrong and woke and your arm is broken? Ok, that’s an exaggeration. But I did wake up the other day, after not working out for 2 days, and my shoulder is completely wrecked. It aches so bad. I mean, it hurts to turn a door handle. But not to snatch. What? I think I’m broken.

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Holiday Salted Peppermint Bark

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  • Yield: 6-8 1x




  1. Melt coconut butter and chocolate chips.
  2. Mix peppermint oil into chocolate.
  3. Pour coconut butter on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Pour melted chocolate on top of coconut butter. Use a knife to make designs in the coconut butter and chocolate mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with salt on top.
  5. Place in freezer to harden for 30 minutes or more.

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  1. Paleolland - Sjanett de Geus says:

    I can totally relate: I also smell like broccoli all the time 😉 (and I do hate the smell of Subway as well)

    These chocolate barks look devine. i looooove the combination of chocolate, and mint (and salt!), will make them for christmas!

  2. Kristen says:

    This is amazing. The salt really makes it! Tastes kind of like Andes mints 🙂 However mine did not turn out as pretty as yours… I think I went wrong heating the coconut cream to pour it in the pan… Next time I will just spread it. Juli you are a kitchen goddess.

  3. Andrea says:

    Dude, the Subway smell does stick to your hair!!! So weird!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Hi! I tried making this but as soon as I added the peppermint extract to the chocolate it turned fudgy instead of liquid-y and now I can’t get it thin enough to pour. Any thoughts on that?

    1. juli says:

      it shouldn’t thicken, unless it’s cool in your house and the coconut butter hardens

    2. Maria says:

      Answer to the “fudge” thing…the chocolate seized. My chocolate savvy partner informed me that I must have put water in it somewhere…and then he checked the organic, alcohol free peppermint extract from Trader Joe’s I had used: water. So find edible peppermint oil OR use the extract with alcohol, because melted chocolate seizes when you add water. Now, I haven’t played with adding the peppermint to the chocolate chunks, THEN heating it to melt…someone out there should be able to help with that question…

  5. The Duck says:

    Uhhmm this recipe rocks!

  6. Mel says:

    You’re so right about Subway — I worked there for about 6 months in high school. I swear that stuff got into my pores, because everything about me smelled like Subway for weeks after I quit. But I guess smelling like Subway, the sandwich shop, is better than smelling like subway, the transportation system!

  7. Ashley says:

    This was amazing!!! I have so been missing my traditional peppermint bark, and this hit the spot! Thank you!!!!

  8. jen says:

    I have edible peppermint oil, but two tsp seems like a lot. is that correct? that’s the entire 15ml bottle. help!

    1. juli says:

      yep, but you could easily cut it down and it would taste just as good! i like mine extra strong

  9. Kevin K says:

    Do you have a substitute for coconut? I am allergic to it?

    1. juli says:

      not for this recipe

  10. Autumn says:

    How did I fail at this? I was so excited, like dancing in my kitchen excited, like scaring my husband and dogs excited. I put them in the freezer and all I managed to produce was very rubbery bark. I waited till evening till I finally made myself accept I had failed at the most basic recipe. I am still going 5 stars because it tasted yummy and I am fairly certain the error was in the production team. Sigh…sadness.

    1. juli says:

      rubbery?? haha i have absolutely no clue what would have gone wrong.