Peppermint bark has been a part of my Christmas holidays for as long as I can remember. It seems like no matter which side of the family we visited, there was always a container of homemade peppermint bark in some shape.

When you make it, you can break your bark apart or you can cut it. I use a pizza cutter to make even squares, especially if I’m stacking them into a package or bag for a gift. But, the fun thing about this treat is that it doesn’t have to look perfect because broken or cut, it’s still a beautiful holiday candy!

How To Make Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Rating: 4


  • 1 12-ounce semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Crushed candy canes or round peppermints for topping


  1. Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Crush candy canes or round peppermints.
  3. In a double boiler, heat water in the bottom portion on low to medium.
  4. In the top of the double boiler, add a small portion of the semi-sweet chocolate. Stir constantly to melt. Gradually keep adding semi-sweet chocolate until all is melted. (Do not rush this part!)
  5. Remove the top of the double boiler from heat and stir in the peppermint extract into the melted chocolate.
  6. Immediately spread the melted chocolate into the prepared pan. Let it set for 10 minutes.
  7. While semi-sweet chocolate is setting, repeat the melting process with the white chocolate.
  8. Once melted, remove from heat and pour over semi-sweet chocolate.Spreading into a smooth layer.
  9. Immediately press crushed peppermints into top of the white chocolate.
  10. Let bark set for around 1 hour. Peel from aluminum foil and break apart or carefully cut into squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
  11. Store in an air-tight container (for up to 2 weeks!).


I like a milder peppermint flavor, so I only add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to just the semi-sweet chocolate portion. If you like a stronger flavor, up the peppermint extract to 2 teaspoons and add 1 teaspoon to the semi-sweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon to the white chocolate.

The key to a successful peppermint bark is to use only quality chocolate. Don’t use the cheap/generic stuff for this recipe!



Double Boiler (AFFILIATE)

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