Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark, also known as candy cane bark, is a traditional holiday treat. Homemade goodies from the kitchen are such a treat, and this is one of the simplest to make. Peppermint bark can be made with only 2 or 3 ingredients, depending on which variation you make. It's a great last minute dessert to make for the arrival of unexpected guests, holiday parties, hostess gifts and for homemade Christmas gifts for family, friends and neighbors. For gifts, simply place the peppermint bark in a tin can lined with foil or tissue paper and top it off with a bow. Here you will find recipes for 3 variations for making peppermint bark. 

How To Make Peppermint Bark

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Recipe 1

Chocolate Peppermint Bark:

  1. Line a backing sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Crush some candy canes and set them aside. The best way to crush candy canes is to put them in a plastic baggie and smash them with a hammer. 
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a saucepan or in the microwave. 
  4. Pour the melted chocolate onto the lined baking sheet. Spread it out but not too much. You are going to be breaking the chocolate into pieces after it hardens so don't spread it too thick or too thin.
  5. Sprinkle with crushed pieces of candy canes.
  6. Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the freezer and break into pieces.

Recipe 2

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark:

  • Replace the melted chocolate with melted white chocolate

Recipe 3

Chocolate and white chocolate bark:

  • After you pour the melted chocolate and spread it onto the lined baking sheet, drizzle some melted white chocolate over it. 
  • With a butter knife, spread the white chocolate around in a swirl like motion to mix it in with the darker chocolate.
  • Sprinkle crushed pieces of candy canes over the top of the chocolate.
  • Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and break into pieces


  1. If you want more of the white chocolate than the milk chocolate, simply spread the melted white chocolate onto the lined baking sheet first and then drizzle the milk chocolate over it. 
  2. Make 2 layers of chocolate. Add one layer of milk chocolate and then cover with a second layer of white chocolate.  
  3. If you want the candy canes coated with chocolate too, sprinkle the candy canes on and then drizzle the melted chocolate over them.   
  4. For dark chocolate peppermint bark, use melted dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

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Peppermint Bark Photo Tutorial

Uses for Peppermint Bark

Pieces of Peppermint Bark
Here are a few things you can do with your homemade peppermint bark:

  • Serve at your holiday parties.
  • Make for homemade holiday gifts.
  • Going to a party? Package some peppermint bark in a holiday tin can and you have a nice gift for the party host.
  • Decorate cupcakes with chunks of peppermint bark.
  • Peppermint bark makes a delicious ice cream topping. 
  • Bring a platter of peppermint bark to work...your co-workers will love it!

Homemade Peppermint Gifts

Peppermint bark makes a nice homemade gift for family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. You can gift wrap it up on a platter or package in paper boxes and tin cans, such as the ones pictured below.

How To Make Peppermint Bark Video

One of the easiest ways to crush candy canes or peppermint candies is to put them in a plastic baggie and smash with a hammer. You don't have to smash hard. A little tap will do.

Candy Cane Binders

I found these cool candy cane binders on Zazzle. They are perfect for storing all your favorite holiday recipes. You can personalize these binders with your name or other message too. Customization is free! They are available in 3 differnt binder sizes. 
Click on any binder to view price and customization options.

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Ladymermaid on said:
It's almost the holiday season again and peppermint bark candy is ideal for the holidays. I remember this being as popular as peanut brittle back when I was a child. Yummy.

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