Peppermint Bark is an easy candy recipe made from dark and white chocolate and just the right amount of peppermint. Topped with fun Christmas candy like M&Ms and Hershey Kisses, this is a fun treat everyone loves.
Why this recipe works so well:
Peppermint Bark is one of those sweet treats that everyone loves around Christmas time. Nothing says it's the holidays more than the combination of chocolate and peppermint.
- It's the perfect Christmas edible gift. Add it to any cookie box and give away to friends and family.
- Not sure if you have candy making abilities? Not to worry! This recipe is so easy, anyone can make it.
Basic ingredients needed:
This recipe combines both white chocolate and either semi sweet or dark chocolate.
Pure peppermint extract gives both chocolates the perfect amount of minty flavor.
Then, various kinds of peppermint and chocolate candies not only make the top look pretty, but they add even more minty goodness!
How to make peppermint bark:
There are countless ways to make this sweet holiday treat, but I'll explain how I like to make this simple candy recipe that is fun and delicious.
- First step is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You'll place your white chocolate and dark chocolate into separate microwave safe bowls. To each, add just a quarter teaspoon of peppermint extract.
- Once the chocolates are melted, you'll pour the chocolate layer down first and then the white chocolate layer on top. Then, take a butter knife and give them a swirl to make them pretty.
- Before the chocolate sets, you'll want to cover it with whatever kind of chocolate and peppermint candies you can find.
Recipe tips for perfect results:
- A little extract goes a long way. You can always add more if you like your peppermint bark especially minty.
- I recommend microwaving each bowl at half power for about a minute and a half, stirring, and then continue cooking in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Chocolate melts perfectly, but you must not rush it!
- Peppermint bark will last longer if you do a good job melting your chocolate. If you melt it just the right amount without going over board, it will last the longest.
- I find that peppermint candies can sometimes get stale and sticky, so those might be what go bad first.
- My best advise is to keep your homemade peppermint bark in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer. If you keep your house cold like we do, it will certainly last at room temperature, but if you want to give the it as a gift and plan to make it ahead of time, keep it in the freezer. It should last several weeks.
Favorite peppermint recipes:
Love peppermint? Here are some favorites you'll enjoy.
- Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies
- Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies
- Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows
- Slow Cooker Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Bark Recipe
- 12 ounces white chocolate (chopped or chips)
- 16 ounces semi sweet or dark chocolate (chopped or chips)
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (divided)
- crushed starlight candies (holiday M&Ms, peppermint Hershey Kisses, etc. for topping)
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the white chocolate and dark chocolate into separate microwave safe bowls (glass recommended). Add ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract to each.
- Microwave each bowl at 50% power for 90 seconds. Stir well, and continue heating at 50% power in 30 second increments while stirring in between until the chocolate has fully melted.
- Once both chocolates are fully melted, start by pouring the dark chocolate onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Then, pour the white chocolate on top. Using a butter knife or a spoon, swirl the two chocolates together until you're happy with the pattern. Top with candies.
- Allow to cool at room temperature. If your house is on the warmer side and the chocolate doesn't harden, you can refrigerate until firm.
- To cut, lift out using the parchment and transfer to a large cutting board. Use a large sharp knife and cut into chunks.