Peppermint Bark Recipe – Peppermint Bark makes a favorite holiday treat! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is made with layers of peppermint filled milk chocolate and white chocolate and then topped with peppermint candy. 

Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe - Peppermint Bark makes a favorite holiday treat! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is made with layers of peppermint filled milk chocolate and white chocolate and then topped with peppermint candy. // addapinch.com

Peppermint bark is a holiday favorite around my house. We’ve always loved to visit the Williams-Sonoma store and buy a tin of their peppermint bark on our trip to see Santa. It’s one of those traditions that started when Sam was just a tiny fella.

The peppermint bark was more for me than him at that point. But over the years, it has become one of his favorites, too.

Even though we have always bought that tin of peppermint bark when we visit Santa each year, it’s the only tin I buy. I enjoy making it each year and believe it or not, it is just as good. With minimal ingredients, for just a few dollars, and in less than 15 minutes you can make peppermint bark to enjoy and share this year.

Peppermint Bark Recipe

Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe - Peppermint Bark makes a favorite holiday treat! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is made with layers of peppermint filled milk chocolate and white chocolate and then topped with peppermint candy. // addapinch.com

It’s one of those delicious nibbles that is perfect with a cup of cocoa.

Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe - Peppermint Bark makes a favorite holiday treat! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is made with layers of peppermint filled milk chocolate and white chocolate and then topped with peppermint candy. // addapinch.com

And as much as we love it at my house, I’ve learned that others love it just as much! It makes a great addition to any Christmas cookie and candy platter and to give as a thoughtful gift!

How to Make Peppermint Bark

To make my Peppermint Bark, I begin by lining a 9×13 baking dish with waxed paper, making sure to leave enough of the waxed paper to overhang the edges of the dish to easily lift the finished peppermint bark from the dish when it is ready.

Then, I add my chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave safe dish and heat for about a minute and stir until smooth. Then, I stir my peppermint extract into my melted chocolate and pour into the prepared baking dish and place the dish into the freezer to freeze the chocolate layer of the peppermint bark.

Next, I melt my white chocolate candy melts and then spread the melted white chocolate candy melts over the frozen chocolate layer. Then, sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over the top of the melted white chocolate candy melts and return the baking dish to the freezer for the peppermint bark to freeze.

Once frozen, remove the baking dish from the freezer and lift the peppermint bark from the baking dish using the extended edges of the waxed paper. Break the peppermint bark into pieces and store in a dish, tin, or cellophane bag for serving or gifting.

Here’s how I make my peppermint bark recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe - Peppermint Bark makes a favorite holiday treat! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is made with layers of peppermint filled milk chocolate and white chocolate and then topped with peppermint candy. // addapinch.com

Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint Bark Recipe - This peppermint bark recipe is perfect for the holidays. Great for enjoying as a treat, gift giving or when entertaining.
5 from 4 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time12 mins
Servings: 12
Course Dessert
Calories: 213kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips milk, semi-sweet, or dark
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil divided
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate candy melts
  • 4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Instructions

  • Place waxed paper in a 13x9 baking dish. Leave enough waxed paper along edges to lift peppermint bark from baking dish later.
  • Add chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon coconut oil to a medium glass bowl. Heat in microwave for about 1 minute. If not melted, heat in 30 second increments until it is melted. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. Add 2 teaspoons peppermint extract to melted milk chocolate and stir until well-combined. Pour chocolate into the prepared baking dish and place in the freezer until hardened, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Repeat the same process with the white chocolate candy melts. Remove baking dish from freezer and spread white chocolate over frozen chocolate. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over white chocolate and return to the freezer until firm, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and pull waxed paper from baking dish. Break peppermint bark into pieces. Place on a dish, in a tin, or in cellophane bags for gift giving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 28mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe - Peppermint Bark makes a favorite holiday treat! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is made with layers of peppermint filled milk chocolate and white chocolate and then topped with peppermint candy. // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2010.

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40 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. It looks wonderful… and lip smackin!! Sorry. I dont normally say that, but this post totally inspired me to say, LIP SMACKIN GOOD!! 🙂

    Blessings!
    Amanda

  2. This bark is pretty as a picture, looks super-easy, and would be such a crowd pleaser this time of year. I always decorate my Christmas tree with candy canes and plan to buy an extra box of them this year to make this excellent looking treat!

  3. The boys love to make peppermint bark each year. It’s one of those holiday recipes that they can almost do all by them selves. Minus the melting of the chocolate of course. 🙂 I bet your little buddy just loves making this with you as well.

  4. Just curious…you have milk chocolate and the picture looks like semi-sweet or dark chocolate. Have you made it with the semi-sweet?

  5. I put peppermint essence in chocolate last week and it started to harden, as if water was added. How do I prevent that with this recipe.? Thank you

  6. Hi Laura,
    I’m sorry that happened. I know that must be frustrating but I’ve not had that happen.
    Chocolate can seize for many reasons. It could have been that the chocolate had either cooked too long or was too hot when the peppermint extract was added. If the chocolate came in contact with even a few drops of water, that will make it seize as well. If you made more than one batch at a time (you said you spent $20) and melted more chocolate in the same bowl and added multiple recipe amounts of extract, that could have also caused it to seize.

    But you should be able to recover your chocolate mixture if it seizes: Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to each chocolate – one teaspoon to white chocolate and one teaspoon to milk chocolate – and mix it in well. Reheat for 30 second increments.
    I hope that helps.
    Thanks so much, Laura! Have a happy holiday!

  7. Just made this and my white chocolate turned into marbled chocolate! I did a second batch and let the milk chocolate sit longer in the freezer and did less time on white to make sure it wasn’t too hot and it still melted while spreading! It still tastes good. How do I prevent the white from melting into marble?

    1. Hi Donna,
      I think you may want get the milk chocolate even longer in the freezer to make sure it is firm throughout before spreading on the melted white chocolate. Working quickly, you’ll also want to make sure that when you are spreading, the back of the spoon or other utensil you are using to spread the white chocolate doesn’t go too deep into the white chocolate so as to pick up any of the milk chocolate. I hope that helps! xo

  8. Hi Ruby, I am sorry that happened – I know it must be frustrating. Did you add coconut oil to your chocolate mixture in the beginning? I’ve found that helps to keep it from seizing. I also immediately begin stirring my mixture as soon as I add the extract to the chocolate.
    I’ve not had it happen with this recipe to me, but chocolate can seize for many reasons. It could have been that the chocolate had either cooked too long or was too hot when the peppermint extract was added. If the chocolate came in contact with even a few drops of water, that can make it seize as well.
    You can probably recover that hardened chocolate though – add a teaspoon of coconut oil and reheat for 30 second increments, stirring each time, until it is smooth.
    I hope this helps! Thanks so much! Happy holidays!

    1. Well, the same thing happened to me. The white chocolate turned into a grout like substance. I tried adding coconut oil and reheating 3 Times – it never re-melted.

      1. Hi Barb,
        I’m sorry your bark seized. I’ve not had it happen to me, but chocolate can seize for many reasons.
        Did you add coconut oil to your chocolate mixture in the beginning? I’ve found that helps to keep it from seizing. I also immediately begin stirring my mixture as soon as I add the extract to the chocolate.
        Sometimes it can happen if the chocolate had either cooked too long or was too hot when the peppermint extract was added. If the chocolate came in contact with even a few drops of water, that can make it seize as well.
        Sometimes you can recover the seized chocolate though, and sometimes you can’t. You can try adding a teaspoon of coconut oil and reheat for 30 second increments, stirring each time, until it is smooth.
        I hope this helps! Thanks!

  9. Yes, I did update the recipe to include it. The recipe should work fine without the coconut oil, but that little bit of fat may help some to make it mix better. I’ve made it for years with no problems, but someone had theirs seize so I was trying to make it easier for some that may have not made it before.
    That is a great tip about the glass dish!
    I’m so happy you enjoy it! Happy Holidays! Thanks so much! xo

  10. This recipe worked great for me. I made 5 batches for holiday gifts and it all turned out perfect. Everyone loves peppermint bark.

  11. Just made the bark. I had trouble finding white choc candy melts. I did find Ghiradelli white chocolate baking bars that contained cocoa butter.
    Where did you find the chips?
    Thanks! Donna

  12. I made these last year and they came out so delicious i decided I am starting a new tradition and making this every year. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! : )

  13. I just tried this recipe for the first time. My house smells of peppermint and I love it. I just wanted to comment about seized chocolate as both my milk chocolate and white chocolate seized when I added the extract. Admittedly my milk chocolate was way too hot when I added the extract. I’ve never known how to recover seized chocolate before but I tried Robyn’s suggestion from other reviewers comments about it and low and behold it worked! I did have to add 2 tsp of coconut oil in the end to each chocolate (1 tsp + heat then stir and repeat until recovered) but it did indeed recover it. I’m here to say all was not lost. Thank you so much for this very simple recovery tip.

  14. Sometimes, when I make peppermint bark, my white chocolate and milk chocolate layers separate. It happens when I “break” it apart to serve. Any suggestions or know why this happens? Thanks!

    1. Hi Fran,
      This has never happened to me, but maybe this will help.
      Let the peppermint bark come to room temperature before breaking apart. Make sure white chocolate contains cocoa butter and not oils which will cause it to separate from the chocolate layer when breaking. Thanks!

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