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How to Make Peppermint Bark – Easy Peppermint Bark

Learn the simple steps how to make peppermint bark. Dark and white chocolate sprinkled with crushed peppermints is perfect for the holidays and Christmas.

A bowl of peppermint bark with a bottle of milk in the background

I am obsessed with peppermint bark. Like truly obsessed. It haunts my dreams and I crave it year-round. It’s so creamy and indulgent and heralds the start of the holiday baking season.

If you need an easy and speedy (sweet) appetizer, dessert for holiday parties or gifting, look no further. This is delicious and simple.

What is Peppermint Bark Made Of:

Basically, it is two kinds of chocolate and crushed candy canes. I also add peppermint extract (related: try homemade peppermint extract). This is a crazy simple dessert that everyone loves. It is always a hit when given as a homemade gift.

How Long Can You Store Peppermint Bark?

Peppermint bark will keep in an air-tight container at room temperature (as long as the room isn’t too warm) for weeks and weeks. I have to keep mine behind a 14-foot barbed wire fence because I will destroy it in a heartbeat.

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How to Make Peppermint Bark:

Melt your dark/milk/semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Two side by side photos of chocolate melting

Melt your white chocolate in a double boiler. Spread on top of the cold dark chocolate. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Freeze for 30 more minutes.

A baking tray full of peppermint bark

Break apart with clean dry hands.

a tray of broken peppermint bark

Pro tip: When the bark is fully finished and you’re ready to break it up, beware of projectile candy cane chunks. They fly through the air (with the greatest of ease) and attach themselves to most surfaces. I walked around with two small chunks of candy cane on the front of my shirt like peppermint dingleberries for an hour.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • Since it stores well, you can make it in late November/early December and be ready to roll once the holiday season starts hitting full stride. Keep a few servings of peppermint bark in mason jars for easy grab and go gifts. Slap a bow on that jar and you’re out the door in 30 seconds with the perfect hostess or thank you gift.
  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Make ahead, delicious, and coveted by others. Oh, how sweet it is!

Peppermint bark in a bowl with candy canes on a wooden board


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Peppermint Bark

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Peppermint Bark is one of the easiest and most delicious holiday treats around. Layers of white and dark chocolate sprinkled with crushed candy canes.



  • In a double boiler over lowish heat, melt dark/milk chocolate. Once it has melted, add a splash of peppermint extract, stir, and pour over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Place candy canes in a Ziploc bag, and crush with a heavy cutting board, rolling pin, or another heavy object.
  • While the chocolate is in the freezer, clean the double boiler and add white chocolate chips. White chocolate is a notoriously finicky item to melt. You don't want to stir it constantly, or it becomes a pasty lump. Wait until the chocolate is super shiny, and then give it a few gentle stirs.
  • Pour the white chocolate over the chocolate that has been frozen. You may need to spread it a bit with a silicone spatula.
  • Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, and pop it back in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer, and with clean dry hands, start to break it into chunks. The crushed candy canes can be rough on your hands, so take it easy and beware.
Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Bark
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 comments on “How to Make Peppermint Bark – Easy Peppermint Bark”

  1. hits the sweet tooth. delish!!

  2. The ads on your blog make it hard to navigate to the actual content of the blog. Just in this one post, while scrolling, the overstock ad appeared 4 times. Sorry but that just takes away from your blog, in my opinion because it makes it less user friendly. I read lots of blogs with ads (totally understand the need for them) but it being so in your face in your blog makes me not want to visit as frequently. Something to think about!

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        I am glad you are so receptive to my “ad complaints”. I just think you have a good blog so I didn’t know if it was a turnoff for other folks. Anyway! Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

  3. I bought some of this once upon a time at my favorite toffee supplier, and they had put crushed chocolate chip cookies in the dark/milk chocolate and crushed oreos in the white chocolate. It was totally insane and delicious. I’m definitely going to try this with your recipe for a cookie exchange next month!

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  5. just recently i have started baking a lot, and I just came up with a fabulous cookie recipe that utilizes peppermint bark, I cannot see spending nearly 5 dollars per bar . I have been trying to find a suitable and delicious replacement. So THANK YOU for this recipe! if you want the cookie recipe let me know!

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  8. Mom of G, thank you. That is a such a kind compliment!

  9. You always have some of the greatest recipes! Sounds so yummy!