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Peppermint Bark Recipe

Why Buy Peppermint Bark When You Can Make It at Home?

It's no secret that we're big fans of everything peppermint-flavored — especially peppermint bark. But you don't have to set yourself back $29 to enjoy it — you can make it yourself for next to nothing and still have some left over to gift friends and family over the holidays.

For being such a crowd pleaser, this minty chocolate indulgence is fairly simple to make. No thermometers or fancy tools are required and within a couple of hours you'll be munching on a holiday favorite.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark


This can be made up to 2 weeks ahead. Chill in airtight container. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Peppermint Bark


  1. 17 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Baker's), finely chopped
  2. 30 red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies, coarsely crushed (about 6 ounces)
  3. 7 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  4. 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  5. 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract


  1. Turn large baking sheet bottom side up. Cover securely with foil. Mark 12-x-9-inch rectangle on foil.
  2. Stir white chocolate in metal bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water) until chocolate is melted and smooth and candy thermometer registers 110°F. (chocolate will feel warm to touch). Remove from over water.
  3. Pour 2/3 cup melted white chocolate onto rectangle on foil. Using icing spatula, spread chocolate to fill rectangle. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup crushed peppermints. Chill until set, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir bittersweet chocolate, cream and peppermint extract in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat until just melted and smooth. Cool to barely lukewarm, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour bittersweet chocolate mixture in long lines over white chocolate rectangle. Using icing spatula, spread bittersweet chocolate in even layer. Refrigerate until very cold and firm, about 25 minutes.
  6. Rewarm remaining white chocolate in bowl set over barely simmering water to 110°F.
  7. Working quickly, pour white chocolate over firm bittersweet chocolate layer; spread to cover. Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed peppermints. Chill just until firm, about 20 minutes.
  8. Lift foil with bark onto work surface; trim edges.
  9. Cut bark crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips. Using metal spatula, slide bark off foil and onto work surface. Cut each strip crosswise into 3 sections and each section diagonally into 2 triangles.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Katie Sweeney
Join The Conversation
smileyface smileyface 6 years
Made this tonight! So good!! Will be taking some into work tomorrow. :) Thanks for the recipe!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I've never had this. This may be my first year to make and eat!
hannahsnow hannahsnow 8 years
I just made this for a Latke party. It was a big hit! Thanks Yum!
aflower aflower 8 years
i made this yesterday and it was amazing! seriously, everyone was so impressed. my got really soft when i set it out. like REALLY soft. like it had been sitting in a car in the sun soft. why did that happen? i kept it that the problem? too refrigerated? and i didn't use a thermometer.
rainey-Smith rainey-Smith 8 years
I made this early in the week and broke into it last night. The texture is wonderful. Firm enough and yet yielding to the knife when it's time to break it up and the bite when it's time to enjoy it. The flavor is lovely -- just the right amount of peppermint. Greatly superior to some Trader Joe's I had last week. The only problem I'm having is that I'm storing it in the fridge so it won't bloom and the candy cane pieces are losing their edges. They're not melting at this point but all the edges that should be sharp are going rounded and shiny. Makes me concerned for the parts that I've given as gifts.
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 8 years
I made this today!
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I've made a version of this before (no peppermint) but I'd like to give this a try this year - perfect for the holiday season.
chloecat21 chloecat21 8 years
yesss! i've been dying to find a good recipe for peppermint bark it's sooo good!!
rebekah rebekah 8 years
i made this and it was so amazing!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
I forgot to add...I'd love to see a good recipe for chocolate-dipped pretzels...yummm. ;)
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
Have you seen the prices the high-end department stores are charging for this very treat?! Yikes! So glad to see this recipe because now I can make it myself and put it on the holiday treat platters! :) I'm so glad to see homemade goodies making a comeback for giftgiving. :)
mtiger mtiger 8 years
Yum! I'll have to give this a try!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
this will be perfect for my gift mugs! Yesss
karenpanna karenpanna 8 years
My Stars, I would kill to be back in a US kitchen by Christmas so I could make these for my friends. It looks like the kind of holiday treats I enjoyed when I was a child!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I made peppermint bark last year for my neighbors and got rave reviews! Easy and tasty! I'll be making more soon!
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
I love peppermint bark!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
You don't need a candy thermometer for this...they're more for the kind of candy where you have to reach a specific temperature in order for the candy to have the proper texture (like peanut brittle, toffee, marshmallow, divinity, etc.). 110 degrees is slightly warmer than body temp...just warm enough to melt the chocolate without scorching it.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I'll try it then! :)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i enjoy peppermint, but only so much. i'll give the recipe shot to give to my friends, but i'll wait a lil and see what the next 11 days brings. how about some recipes for good holiday mini breads?
littlelilo littlelilo 8 years
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I live for this stuff!!!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
You can't go wrong with chocolate and peppermint. Actually, I had the peppermint chocolate chip shake at Chick-Fil-A last night... YUM!
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
yummmmy!! i will be making this for sure!! looking majorly forward to the 12 days of edible gifts!! Christmas baking is my all-time fave, plus I plan on giving baked-good baskets to my co-workers!!
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
I made this and it was good, Mm, peppermint. Some people's are REALLY bad though, when they use crap ingredients or really old candy canes (My aunt, ugh.) I look forward to the recipes, Yum and Party!
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