Peppermint bark chocolate recipe is a holiday recipe that people always look for during the Christmas party! This layered, easy chocolate treat makes a festive peppermint bark homemade gift or addition to your desserts for Thanksgiving or any holiday party, too. It’s one of our favorite recipes for holiday candy!
How To Make a Peppermint Bark Recipe
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Peppermint Bark Recipe with White Chocolate
For this old fashioned peppermint bark recipe, you’ll need:
- Dark chocolate – good quality (or milk chocolate / semi sweet chocolate*)
- White chocolate or almond bark
- Peppermint extract or peppermint oil
- Crushed candy canes / crushed peppermint candies
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- Pretzels (optional)
(See the full chocolate peppermint bark recipe below.)
*You can use milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate for bark, but this easy dessert recipe is really better as peppermint bark recipe dark chocolate!
How long does peppermint bark keep?
How long is peppermint bark good for? Peppermint bark is good for up to two weeks stored in an airtight container. Be sure to store the bark in a cool, dry place, away from the sun.
How do you cut peppermint bark?
How do you break up bark? The trick to peppermint bark recipes with white and dark chocolate is to keep everything intact in the pieces (and not breaking apart in layers). To break the peppermint bark, allow the bark to cool and then place a piece of foil or wax paper on top of the bark (once it has set). Gently tap on the bark with a wooden mallet or wooden spoon. The bark will break in uneven pieces. That’s OK! You don’t want the peppermint bark cut into uniform pieces.
Does peppermint bark need refrigerated?
To extend the life of the peppermint bark, you can refrigerate it in an airtight container once it has cooled (but it’s not necessary). Be sure to put wax paper in between the layers so the bark doesn’t stick together. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks. Sometimes, you may notice a discoloration in chocolate that has been refrigerated or frozen. It’s still fine to eat!
Can peppermint bark be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze peppermint bark for up to 3 months (or longer). Place bark in a freezer safe container, with wax paper in between each layer. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and allow to warm to room temperature. The chocolate may be a little discolored (lighter) after freezing. This is completely normal for chocolate that has been frozen and it is safe to eat and does not affect the taste.
Peppermint bark is not only yummy and beautiful for Christmas, but it is also an easy dessert recipe and a lot of fun to make with the kids because what’s more fun than breaking up the bark, right?
(Sure, you can buy peppermint bark already made, but what fun is that?!)
It’s also a great recipe if you’re wondering what to do with leftover candy canes after the holidays.
YOU WILL ALSO LOVE THIS OTHER CHRISTMAS CANDY RECIPE:
Before we get to how to make peppermint bark easy recipe, let’s cover some common questions. Be sure to read through the FAQs here because it will help you when making this holiday dessert!
Peppermint Bark Recipe White Chocolate Dark Chocolate FAQs
How do you keep peppermint bark from separating?
Why is my peppermint bark separating? If the white chocolate layer is separating from the dark chocolate layer, it is probably because you did not allow the bark to set long enough before trying to break it. Once you assemble the peppermint bark, let it cool for at least an hour and allow the chocolates to bond to each other. You can also refrigerate it and then break it up right before it’s ready to use.
What does peppermint bark taste like?
You may be wondering what flavor is peppermint bark? Peppermint bark is a mix of white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate, and a hint of peppermint. The peppermint candy on top does not make it too minty! It actually adds a little crunch, with a nice peppermint finish.
Can I add peppermint extract to melted chocolate?
Yes! Just add the peppermint extract to the chocolate once it’s melted and stir in completely. Then, make the peppermint bark recipe as listed in the instructions for easy holiday candy recipes!
What is the best way to crush peppermint candy?
You can use a food processor (I’ve even been known to use a coffee bean grinder. Shhhh!) to break up your peppermint candies or candy canes. However, if you’re making the peppermint bark recipe with kids, it’s fun to unwrap the candies, put them inside of a sealable bag and let the kids crush them using a meat tenderizer or wooden mallet. You can also use a pizza cutter and cut into pieces (but that way is a little harder).
Ok, let’s get to the recipe for peppermint bark candy! If you’re looking for simple holiday candy to make, this is it! The biggest trick is in break apart the peppermint bark!
How To Make Peppermint Bark
I used to love the Williams Sonoma peppermint bark recipe that you buy in the tin, until I made this! I think this candy recipe is just as good as the store bought peppermint bark (if not better!).
If you want to make red and green peppermint bark recipe for a festive holiday dessert, just use colored white chocolate instead of white (or any color of peppermint bark recipe candy melts).
We make our peppermint bark recipe with peppermint extract, but you can leave that out if you want. It won’t have as strong of a peppermint flavor, but it’s still good!
- 12-ounce dark chocolate (chopped into 1/2 inch pieces if using a block)
- 1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 1 pound white chocolate (chopped into 1/2 inch pieces if using a block)
- 20-30 crushed round peppermints (or 6-8 crushed candy canes) for topping
- Line a 9x13 baking pan with aluminum foil.
- Crush candy canes or round peppermints.
- In a double boiler, heat water in the bottom portion on low to medium.
- In the top of the double boiler, add a small portion of the dark chocolate. Stir constantly to melt. Gradually keep adding dark chocolate until all is melted. (Do not rush this part!)
- Remove the top of the double boiler from heat and stir in the peppermint extract into the melted chocolate.
- Immediately spread the melted chocolate into the prepared pan. Let it set for 10 minutes.
- While semi-sweet chocolate is setting, repeat the melting process with the white chocolate.
- Once melted, remove from heat and pour over semi-sweet chocolate.Spreading into a smooth layer.
- Immediately press crushed peppermints into top of the white chocolate.
- Let bark set for around 1 hour. Peel from aluminum foil and break apart or carefully cut into squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
- Store in an airtight container (for up to 2 weeks!).
The key to a successful peppermint bark is to use only quality chocolate (we like Ghirardelli, but use whatever your favorite it!). Don't use the cheap/generic stuff for this recipe! If you don't like dark chocolate, you can use semi-sweet chocolate instead.
I like a milder peppermint flavor, so I only add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to just the semi-sweet chocolate portion. If you like a stronger flavor, up the peppermint extract to 2 teaspoons--adding 1 teaspoon to the dark/semi-sweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon to the white chocolate.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
Recipe and Read: Candy Cane Lane Children’s Book paired with Peppermint Bark Recipe
We decided to pair up our dessert recipe with the Candy Cane Lane children’s book by Scott Santoro.
From the book:
The houses on Candy Cane Lane have some of the most spectacular holiday decorations around, so when a winter storm hits and damages some of the festive lawn ornaments, the residents simply can’t allow the broken figures to ruin their prized displays.
Many end up in the trash, including a scuffed choirboy who is sure he’ll never have a chance to bring holiday cheer to the lane again.
That is, until a little girl in the only undecorated house on the block saves him and gives him a special spot on her lawn.
But when a misunderstanding the next morning sends the choirboy off to the dump, he’ll have to team up with a plucky group of other discarded lawn ornaments to find his way back to the little girl and the one place everyone wants to be during the holiday season—home.
Listed Age Range: 4 – 8 years