This chocolate peppermint bark is super quick and easy to make. Don't pay a fortune for it in stores. Just make your own!
I'm not going to lie, I actually LOVE chocolate bark. I mean, if you read my blog regularly you probably already know that.
And if you're new here, "hi my name is Kim and I'm addicted to chocolate bark".
If I'm being honest, it goes back to my childhood. As most food related memories do.
My dad loved almond bark. Honestly, he was OBSESSED with it! All of us kids would buy him some every year for the holidays.
Over the years I got my dad to branch out a bit. After that, I think I made him every single flavour of bark over the years. I miss making it for him. He was always my best taste tester.
These days my bark is given to all our friends and family as Christmas gifts. It makes great gifts for teachers, coworkers, and random strangers too!
I make way too much so we have to pass it off to whoever digs chocolate. There's no shame in my bark giving game!
Given my job is cooking, I make tons of Christmas recipes every year. So, it's super important to share it with others.
Honestly, it's good Christmas karma!
- Chocolate - You can use any kind of chocolate you like but I used milk chocolate for this chocolate bark.
- White Chocolate - Use white chocolate so the swirls really stand out.
- Peppermints - I love crushing peppermints for this but you could also use candy canes. Or buy already crushed peppermint from a store.
How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- First, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Next, melt the chocolates in a bowl over a saucepan filled with hot water on the stovetop. You could also melt it in the microwave.
- Then, spoon each chocolate randomly on cookie sheet then use a butter knife to make patterns in the bark.
- Crush peppermint candies. I usually put them in a Zip-loc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
- Next, sprinkle crushed peppermints over the bark.
- Then, place cookie sheet in fridge to set up the chocolate.
- Lastly, remove the cookie sheet from fridge and break the bark into pieces.
How to Store Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- Store the bark in a container in a cool dry place for about 2 weeks.
- It can also be stored in the fridge or freezer for 1-2 months.
Variations on Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- First option - White chocolate only.
- Second option - Milk chocolate only.
- Third option - Dark chocolate for a healthier version.
- Fourth option - You can add pretzels to the bottom layer. I call it Pretzel Bark with Peppermint and it is magical.
Other recipes you will love as much as Chocolate Peppermint Bark:
- Oreo Bark
- White Chocolate Oreo Cookie Balls
- Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
- Red Velvet Cookie Stacks with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Red Velvet Swirl Fudge
- Mini Peanut Butter Christmas Crack
- Microwave Pistachio Brittle
- More Holiday Recipes!
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Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- 8 ounces milk or semi-sweet chocolate
- 8 ounces white chocolate
- ¼ cup crushed peppermints
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Fill two saucepans about ⅓ of the way full with water. Pop them on the stove and bring to a boil, lower the temperature a bit so it's a low boil. Place a heat safe glass bowl over top of each saucepan. Be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the top of the water.
- Place one kind of chocolate in each of the two bowls. Keep the water hot so the chocolate can melt. This double boiler method is my favourite way to melt chocolate.
- Once each chocolate is smooth you can spoon them alternately onto the cookie sheet. Continue to spoon onto the cookie sheet until all the chocolate is gone. Now take a butter knife and drag it slowly though the colours to create the marble effect. I go in one direction, then the other until I get the effect I want.
- Toss the peppermints over top. I love having some broken pieces, and some larger pieces. It just makes for fun bites.
- Pop the bark in the fridge for an hour or two to allow it to set up. Snap the pieces by hand, or cut with a knife.
- Serve with a big old chocolate and peppermint loving smile!
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I make white chocolate peppermint bark, but need to make your spectacular swirled version! Yeah, I noticed how the milk and 22 pound turkey disappeared in short order with Nick home for the week. Oh, to have the metabolism of a 20 year old male!!! xx
You must. I love the look of the full white chocolate ones too. But Miss Thang is a milk chocolate girl so I rarely do full on white chocolate. She's a pain in the butt some days. Lol!
Those boys can eat their weight over a weekend I think. Yet never gain a pound. It's infuriating quite frankly. We should force them to eat salads just to pay them back for all the unfairness of it all right. Ha.
Such a great treat for the holidays and so each to make too!
I'm all about easy. Wait, not like that. Cripes, the hole gets bigger every day.
Thanks Renee. I love holiday parties. Great reason to get together and have some virtual fun.
Oh Yeah! Tis the season to..... stuff your face with this amazing peppermint bark! I must try!
I love face stuffing season. Best season of the year.
Anita at Hungry Couple
Truthfully, I'm not sure my teeth are up for this challenge but it's seriously gorgeous!
I just peed my pants. Thanks for that Anita. xx
When I was your son's age I could inhale food too, and lose weight doing it. The metabolism of a young male is amazing! Today? I'm with you -- a sniff of these and I'd gain weight. Love this! I'm mad for your bark recipes. Does that mean I'm barking mad? 🙂
It really is. I grew up with two brothers and I ate like a pig along with them. I was stick thin till I had kids, then it was all over but the crying. So funny how age does that to us. It should go the other way around, you should be thin when you're wise enough to appreciate it. Ha.
I like barking mad people so you're in the right place. xx
Love the mix of the white and brown chocolate swirled together!
Thanks Brenda. I'm a sucker for marble bark.
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
I just crushed a bunch of candy canes today and have so many leftover - must make this!
You must. Such a good use for them. Super easy to make.
Martha @ A Family Feast
Delicious and beautiful! This bark would be a great treat to give as gifts this holiday!
Thanks Martha. I give it to everyone in town. It's so easy to make.
Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
This bark is the PERFECT Christmas gift!!
Thanks Kayle. I love me some bark.
Paula - bell'alimento
Holy cannoli gotta have it! Pinned.
Thanks Paula. xx
What a great way to carry on your dad's tradition. I'd be pretty happy if someone gave me some peppermint bark that looks as good as this one!
Thanks Dara. I love making this stuff. It get totally out of hand by Christmas. Luckily people love it.
Ha! Your bark is a bit of a tramp. I hope it makes it's way over to my house. It looks beautiful and sounds delicious!
Ha, at this rate it will. Thanks Ginny!
Nancy @ gottagetbaked
Lol, how about I send you jammies and you can send me any leftover chocolate bark...heck, any leftover treats! I love that you always keep it real, Kim. I try to do that on my blog too, which is why it's such a depressing, kill-joy space, but hey, I'm just being my lovable negative self! I'd be a helluva lot happier with a tub full of this peppermint bark. It's like Christmas in chocolate form! These photos are absolutely gorgeous and festive.
Now there's a deal I cannot say no to.
Omg you are so NOT a killjoy. I heart you. You are the most real person I've ever met. Honestly I still rave to my family about the time we spent together in Vancouver. You changed my whole perspective on bloggers after that whole stupid mean girl BS. You are the most authentic person I've ever met, and I heart you so much.
I personally think snark can come off negative if people don't get it. I'm snarky so much, and you can see some people think I'm serious. I end up laughing so hard I double over.
Shanna @ Pineapple and Coconut
I LOVE your photos Kim! And aaaammmeeennnn to blogging what you eat. I will never ever understand bloggers that make recipes they don't eat. So weird!!
Thanks Shanna. I know right. I can't imagine throughout out all that food. I'm all about being me. 100% of the time. Too much so sometimes. Ha!
Heather / girlichef
This is my jam! I want a whole batch for myself.
Me too. Oh wait, I actually ate the whole batch myself. Okay, not ALL of it. Most. ha
Anita's comment was pretty funny! Ok, I could take a bite...but then it would lead to me wanting more! Just love this!
She is a hoot. I cannot wait to meet her in person this spring. It's going to be a riot.
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
I cannot resist a good peppermint bark. I love making it at home, since it's about a million dollars to buy it at the fancy kitchen store!
It's so true. They charge way too much money for this stuff.
Nikki @ NikSnacks
Ha ha! Trampy bark! Heck yeah, it's trampy! It's easy and looks too good to resist! Thank you for sharing, Kim 🙂
Thanks Nikki. I love me some bark, even if it gets around.
Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies
Love this kind of candy... the easy tasty kind! SO beautiful!
I love easy recipes. My life is just too chaotic for anything else these days.
Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
I will happily take some of this off your hands. <3 peppermint bark!
Ha, perfect! xx