Peppermint Bark is a favorite Christmas treat that’s super easy to make with only four ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, peppermint extract, and candy canes.

Peppermint Bark is easy to make with layers of semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate flavored with peppermint all topped with crushed candy canes.

Is it even Christmas without some peppermint treats? I don’t think so! Peppermint and chocolate are a great duo. Like in my Dark Chocolate Peppermint Roll Cake, White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies, or Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies.

White, milk, or dark chocolate tastes great with that classic peppermint candy cane. And that’s why I’m excited to share this peppermint bark recipe with you today.

Peppermint Bark is a favorite Christmas treat that's super easy to make with only four ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, peppermint extract, and candy canes.

PEPPERMINT BARK RECIPE

Peppermint bark is a super easy holiday candy you can make for parties or gift giving. The rustic broken bits of bark are perfect for sharing and snacking.

This recipe for peppermint bark has only four ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peppermint extract, and candy canes.

Peppermint Bark is a favorite Christmas treat that's super easy to make with only four ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, peppermint extract, and candy canes.

HOW TO MAKE PEPPERMINT BARK

The first step to make peppermint bark is to melt the semi-sweet chocolate. You can do this in short, 30 second bursts in the microwave or with a double boiler on the stove.

Spread the melted chocolate into a thin layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until just set.

Next, melt the white chocolate (by microwave or double-boiler) and stir in the peppermint extract.

Spread it over the semi-sweet chocolate layer and immediately top with crushed candy canes. Gently pressing the candy into the white chocolate while it’s still soft. *NOTE: The white chocolate layer may solidify quickly depending on how cold the semi-sweet chocolate layer is beneath it.

Refrigerate until set. Then break or cut the peppermint bark into pieces and serve.

Peppermint Bark is easy to make with layers of semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate flavored with peppermint all topped with crushed candy canes.

TIPS & HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • Use HIGH QUALITY chocolate chips for this peppermint bark. Don’t be tempted to buy the cheap stuff. Guittard is the brand I recommend. If you can’t find good quality chocolate chips, buy the same amount of ounces in chocolate baking bars. Look for these brands: Ghirardelli, Lindt, or Baker’s.
  • Use white chocolate that contains real cocoa butter and not just palm oil. Fats like palm oil and coconut oil are incompatible with the cocoa butter that’s in the dark chocolate, so the two won’t bond together.
  • Use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate. It makes it easy and evenly spread.
  • Crush candy canes in a zip-top bag with a meat mallet or rolling pin. You can pick out the bigger pieces, use a fine mesh sieve to separate the pieces from the crumbs, or use all of the crushed candy cane remains — according to your preference.
  • Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Condensation from the fridge or freezer may make the candy cane pieces sticky.
Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Peppermint Bark is easy to make with layers of semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate flavored with peppermint all topped with crushed candy canes.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 16 oz high quality white chocolate chips (or chopped white chocolate)
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2/3 cup crushed candy canes (about 8 regular size candy canes)

Instructions

  1. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper. Set aside. Unwrap candy canes and crush them inside of a zip-top bag with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Set aside.
  2. Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a medium bowl and microwave for 30 second bursts until melted, stirring in-between each interval. Do not over-heat.
  3. Use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate into a large rectangle (approximately 9x13-inches) on the parchment lined sheet tray. Place pan in fridge for 10-15 minutes until chocolate is set.
  4. Place white chocolate chips in a medium bowl and microwave for 30 second bursts until melted, stirring in-between each interval. Do not over-heat. Add peppermint extract and stir until smooth.
  5. Spread the white chocolate evenly over the semi-sweet chocolate layer. Immediately top with crushed candy cane pieces, gently pressing the candy into the white chocolate while it’s still soft. Let harden in the fridge for another 15-20 minutes.
  6. Break or cut into pieces and serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*Can melt chocolate with a double boiler instead of the microwave.

*I highly recommend Guittard chocolate chips.

  • If you can’t find good quality chocolate chips, buy the same amount of ounces in chocolate baking bars. Look for these brands: GhirardelliLindt, or Baker’s.
  • Use white chocolate that contains real cocoa butter and not just palm oil. Fats like palm oil and coconut oil are incompatible with the cocoa butter that’s in the dark chocolate, so the two won’t bond together.

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Peppermint Bark is a favorite Christmas treat that's super easy to make with only four ingredients: semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, peppermint extract, and candy canes.