8 Ways To Make Festive Peppermint Bark

This is a very easy treat 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).
  • 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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What Readers Are Saying: 5 Comments
  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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