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. 

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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 buy 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.

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

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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!

 

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
Yield: 12

Peppermint Bark Recipe

Total Time 12 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
This peppermint bark recipe is perfect for the holidays. Great for peppermint bark enjoying as a treat, gift giving or when entertaining.
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil divided
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips with cocoa butter
  • 4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

Directions

  1. Place waxed paper in a 13x9 baking dish. Leave enough waxed paper along edges to lift peppermint bark from baking dish later.
  2. Add milk 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.
  3. Repeat the same process with the white chocolate chips. Remove baking dish from freezer and spread white chocolate over semi-sweet chocolate. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over white chocolate and return to the freezer until firm, approximately 3 minutes.
  4. 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.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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

39 comments on “Peppermint Bark Recipe”

  1. I adore peppermint bark! YUM

    Does y’all’s santa area sell it? I’ve never heard of that.

    The pics are gorgeous, as always.

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  3. I’ll have to make it this year! I’m sure it’s great and I think it’s even greater because it’s quick to make!

  4. This is the one treat requested by almost all my children! I just wish I didn’t have to share it! 🙂

  5. I love William Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark and your’s looks just like it! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Peppermint Bark is one of my favorites! I never make it because my husband hates mint and I love it so much that I’d eat the whole darn thing myself!

  7. One of my absolute favorite things! Love this.

  8. 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

  9. I love me some peppermint bark, LOL!!! 😉

  10. 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!

  11. I LOVE peppermint bark and yours looks stunning!!! So festive, it makes me smile.

  12. 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.

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  15. It is definitely a favorite of mine too! I have never made it though. I’ll need to give it a try!

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

  17. 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

  18. Just tried this recipe and as soon as I added the extract, the chocolate seized. VERY disappointed and out at least $20 in ingredients!

    • 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!

  19. I made it! It was delicious! But started to get warm after assembly. I stored it in the fridge.

  20. 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?

    • 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

  21. can you melt the coconut oil to be able to measure it right the coconut oil is very hard

  22. Help. I melted the chocolate and it turned stiff after I had peppermint extract. Could not get it to spread in pan. What did I do wrong,

    • 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!

      • 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.

      • Btw – it froze after I added the peppermint extract to the white chocolate. It was smooth and creamy before that.

      • 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!

  23. Robyn, Did you update this recipe to include the coconut oil? The 1st recipe I printed did not include this ingredient. I learned to use the glass dish to avoid the “seizing” of the chocolate. However, the recipe was delicious and easy w/o the coconut oil. I bet the oil allows it to spread a bit easier.

    • 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

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

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

  26. 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! : )

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