How to Make Peppermint Bark

Skip the store-bought candy this season! It turns out making peppermint bark at home is surprisingly easy.

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a basket filled with peppermint bark. I always have to make a double batch if I’m hoping to give some away as a holiday gift, because snacking on a few pieces of bark is one of my favorite holiday traditions. Luckily, our recipe couldn’t be easier to pull off.

How to Make Peppermint Bark

The steps below are for our Chocolate Peppermint Bark.

Yield: About 1 pound

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint or spearmint candies, divided
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Step 1: Melt that chocolate

You’ll want to start by melting the white and dark chocolates separately. Place the chopped white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt at 70% power for one minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave and give it a stir. Continue to microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.

Once the white chocolate is melted, stir in 1/3 cup of the crushed candies and set aside. Repeat the process with the chocolate chips (placed in a separate microwave-safe bowl), adding 1/3 cup of the candies when it’s fully melted.

No microwave? There’s more than one way to melt chocolate.

Step 2: Drop and swirl

Once your chocolates are melted and infused with pepperminty goodness, it’s time to make the bark! Alternately drop spoonfuls of the dark and white chocolate mixtures onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Using a metal spatula, cut through the chocolates to create a swirl pattern. Spread the mixture until it’s 1/4-inch thick and sprinkle with the remaining crushed candies.

Pro Tip: If you prefer a layered effect, pour out the entire bowl of dark chocolate onto the wax paper and use a metal spatula to spread it until it’s 1/8-inch thick. Allow it to set for 5 to 10 minutes before repeating with the white chocolate layer.

Step 3: Refrigerate and break

Refrigerate the bark until it’s very firm, about one hour. Once it’s solid, lift the bark out of the baking sheet and break it into pieces. Store the peppermint bark between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.

How long does peppermint bark keep for?

Once your bark is cooled, it’s best to wrap it in wax paper as soon as possible and place in an air-tight container. You can choose to keep your bark on the countertop or in the refrigerator. If you can keep yourself from devouring the entire batch in one sitting, it will last two weeks at room temperature and up to a month in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can freeze it for up to six months in a heavy-duty freezer bag.

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Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.