Peppermint Bark


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

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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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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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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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  • Kathryn Maertens

    Hi Grant! Thanks for the recipe! I tried it last night only I used mint extract instead of peppermint (don’t know if they’re the same). I had the hardest time getting my white chocolate morsels melted…I managed to get it soft then rolled with a rolling pin…it worked…they tasted good but any tips on the chocolate? I used Nestle

  • 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!!!!!!

  • JC

    I always buy peppermint oil (available at any cooking store) rather than the extract you can get in the grocery stores. I’ve never had a problem with the chocolate seizing up.

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