8 Ways To Make Peppermint Bark: {Recipes}

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This is a very easy treat to make and it’s especially popular during the holidays since it looks so pretty and festive.

If you’re interested in learning how to make it, here’s the recipe I use (probably the most common, basic method) along with a few different twists that I’ve found around the net.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of candy cane pieces or peppermint candies (you can smash into small pieces by placing candy in a plastic bag then pound with a kitchen mallet or heavy object)
  • 2 pounds white chocolate
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract (optional–gives a stronger flavor)

Directions:

  • Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper & chill in refrigerator until needed.
  • Slowly heat chocolate in a double boiler until it’s completely melted (stir often), see this page for tips.
  • Stir in the extract (if using) and then mix in candy pieces (reserve part of the candy to sprinkle over top after you have spread it in pan).
  • Pour mixture evenly onto chilled cookie sheet (use the back of a spoon to spread) and sprinkle with remaining candy pieces, then chill in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour.
  • Once fully chilled and hard, break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

How’s that for quick & easy! There are plenty of ways to jazz it up a bit too, here are a handful of ideas I’ve plucked from around the ‘net…

singforyoursupperblog.com

singforyoursupperblog.com

With Crushed Oreos: Made with both dark and white chocolate bark, festive holiday Oreos and crushed candies.

Snowflake Shapes: Seriously impressive! This is done in two layers (white and brown) and chilled in snowflake shaped tins.

bakedbyrachel.com

bakedbyrachel.com

hersheycanada.com

hersheycanada.com

Dark Version: Not a fan of white chocolate? Then try this version made with Special Dark or Semi-Sweet chips.

Molded In Holiday Cutters: No decorative tins? Try this method using holiday shaped cookie cutters and a baking sheet.

wilton.com

wilton.com

southernplate.com

southernplate.com

Double Layer: Oh wow this is a treat, made in two layers. This is tinted a faint pink using red food coloring paste (optional).

Both Dark & White Layers: Made with two bags of chocolate chips (one of each brown and white).

savorysweetlife.com

savorysweetlife.com

houseandhome.com

houseandhome.com

With Nuts or Dried Cranberries: Here’s a version using dried cranberries, nuts or candied ginger. No measurements are given but basic instructions are provided.

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Published: November 26, 2010
Updated: August 10, 2012

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5 Comments to “8 Ways To Make Peppermint Bark: {Recipes}”
  1. Moeno says:

    I love peppermint bark, it’s one of the best parts of the x-mas season. I’ll have try all of these to see which one I like the most. I never thought of mixing it with oreo but it sounds delicious!

  2. Jennifer says:

    We love peppermint bark too and it makes great gifts with very little effort. That Oreo cookie one looks so super good!!! I will definitely be making the layered chocolate recipe since that’s our favorite that we make every year, yummy!

  3. Brenda says:

    I like to crush the peppermint and spread it across the pan first and then pour the melted chocolate over top. I find it makes a nicer bark with the glossy candies sticking out more.

  4. Jennifer Lopez says:

    Why does peppermint bark have to be Christmas I’m a Jehovah’s witness and I don’t celebrate holidays but it’s good for anytime agree?
    -J-Lo

  5. Sandy says:

    Do you use Peppermint extract or oil? Won’t the extract make candy seize up like water? I thought the oil would work better……..? Anyone know about this?


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