Peppermint Bark

Holiday peppermint bark recipe, perfect for Christmas gift giving. Crumbled peppermints pressed into melted chocolate and cooled until hard.

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A traditional and quintessential Christmas treat, peppermint bark is ridiculously easy to prepare and can be done in a few minutes. Sweet white or dark chocolate holds in place broken chunks of peppermint candy. Eat it straight, place it in a bag or tin and make it a gift, or break it up into chocolate cupcakes or chocolate cookies.

Peppermint Bark Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 12 oz. of high-quality white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
  • 5 regular sized candy canes, crushed up
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract


1 Break up peppermint candy into little pieces. Melt the chocolate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once melted, add the peppermint extract and stir.

2 Pour the melted chocolate out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread out with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the peppermint candy chunks on to the chocolate and gently press them in with yours hands.

3 Place in the freezer for 5 minutes or until hardened. Break into pieces and serve or store in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

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How to temper chocolate - useful advice from David Lebovitz if you are planning on making the dark chocolate bark and not eating it right away

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  • Suzanne Prael

    I bought a big bag of crushed peppermint candy online last year, and it’s fabulous for holiday baking, to sprinkle in hot chocolate, etc! It’s so convenient!
    The Peppermint Bark Recipe uses 5 regular size candy canes, crushed. Since my peppermint is already crushed, do you know approximately how much 5 crushed candy canes come to in cup(s)? Did I word that correctly!??

  • bob

    I love this recipe so much!

  • Gabby

    I just tried this recipe and I think that I love it. It is so easy to make and I love peppermint!!!!!!

  • Elise

    Because the dark chocolate in this recipe is not tempered, it will get “spotty” after a few days. It’s still good to eat, it just doesn’t look good. If you want to make the dark chocolate peppermint bark for gifts, you will want to temper the chocolate first. David Lebovitz has some advice regarding How to temper chocolate. Otherwise, I suggest sticking to the white chocolate peppermint bark for gifts.

  • James Radcliffe

    I plan to make this as a gift to mail out to family and I was wondering if it’s necessary to temper both the white and the dark chocolate if I plan to layer them? Also, is dark chocolate best for layering or will semi-sweet or any other chocolate be a better fit? Thanks for your help. Love your site!!!!

    James, this recipe does not temper the chocolate. You should be able to layer them just fine though. Personally, dark chocolate is best as there will be fewer milk solids to deal with in the melting process, which may affect how long the bark will last. Note that since this isn’t tempered it does have a limited shelf life, still, I doubt anyone can keep it around for long without it being devoured. =) ~Garrett

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