Homemade Peppermint Bark

Homemade Peppermint Bark is the perfect homemade candy to make for the holidays! It’s easy to make, looks beautiful and tastes like Christmas. It only needs 3 ingredients and a little time to let the chocolate set – it’s the easiest holiday treat ever!

A large piece of peppermint bark with smaller pieces stacked on top of it.

Homemade Peppermint Bark

We are in the swing of holiday things, and I am so here for it! I love, love, love this recipe. It’s simple (just three ingredients) and satisfying every single time. I know some folks aren’t that into mixing chocolate and peppermint flavors, but I think this is just the perfect blend of the two. It’s not overpowering, and truly approachable even if minty chocolate isn’t really your thing!

And for those who DO love mint + chocolate, you are in for a treat with this recipe! The white chocolate and dark blend is so satisfying and rich, but not over the top. And the crunch from candy cane bites is festively delicious! I show you exactly how to do a double boiler method to get perfectly melted chocolate (and not burnt!) in the recipe instructions, so that this recipe is easy as can be. Enjoy it on its own, on a holiday cookie plate, in hot chocolate, or over ice cream! It’s incredible all the ways.

A large piece of peppermint bark on top of a red and white striped towel with a few pieces of the bark resting on the top left hand side of the bark.

How to Make Peppermint Bark:

  1. Line a 9×9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water, and place a glass or ceramic mixing bowl on top of the pan.
  3. Heat the water until just simmering. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to the bowl, and stir very often until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan, and pour the chocolate into the prepared pan.
  4. Let the chocolate rest until it sets.
  5. Add the white chocolate chips to the same double boiler method to melt. When the white chocolate chips are melted, add 1/4 cup of the crushed peppermint candy pieces, and stir to combine.
  6. Spread the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate, and then sprinkle the rest of the candies over the top.
  7. Allow the chocolate to rest another hour or until set.
  8. Remove the candy from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper as a handle. Break into pieces or cut with a knife.

An overhead shot that in the middle has a large square piece of peppermint bark resting on a red and white striped towel. In the upper right hand side is a bowl full of peppermint pieces.

FAQs About Making Peppermint Bark

Why did my peppermint bark separate?

Let the peppermint bark set at room temp — not in the refrigerator or freezer. This allows the layers to bond better so when you break the bark, the layers don’t come apart.

Can you freeze peppermint bark?

Yes! Just make sure you’ve let it set and harden completely, and wrap it well with wax paper, covered with plastic wrap or foil. This will keep moisture out and allow it to stay together better when thawed!

Does peppermint bark need to be refrigerated?

You can store peppermint bark at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

How do you break up bark?

Break bark with your hands or using a knife to cut it into more uniform pieces. I like breaking it by hand to all sorts of shapes and sizes.

How long can you store peppermint bark?

Peppermint bark will last a good while! At room temp, it’ll keep for 1 to 2 weeks, or up to a month in the fridge and several months in the freezer.

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Homemade Peppermint Bark


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups of candy 1x

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Homemade Peppermint Bark is the perfect homemade candy to make for the holidays! It’s easy to make, looks beautiful and tastes like Christmas. It only needs 3 ingredients and a little time to let the chocolate set – it’s the easiest holiday treat ever!


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Ingredients

  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chip (11.5 ounces)
  • 1 package white chocolate chips (11.5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces

Instructions

  1. Line a 9×9-inch square pan with parchment paper and set it aside (you can use a 9×13-inch pan for thinner bark).
  2. Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water, and place a glass or ceramic mixing bowl on top of the pan so that the bottom of the bowl is 1 to 2 inches from the top of the water. You are making a double boiler.
  3. Heat the water until just simmering. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to the bowl, and stir very often until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan, and pour the chocolate into the prepared pan.
  4. Let the chocolate rest until it sets; depending on your kitchen temperature, this will take about an hour.
  5. After the semi-sweet chocolate sets up, using a clean bowl, add the white chocolate chips to the same double boiler method to melt. When the white chocolate chips are melted, add 1/4 cup of the crushed peppermint candy pieces, and stir to combine.
  6. Spread the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate, and then sprinkle the rest of the candies over the top.
  7. Allow the chocolate to rest another hour or until set.
  8. Remove the candy from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper as a handle. Break into pieces or cut with a knife.
  9. I like to break them into all different sizes of pieces.
  10. Store covered at room temperatures, and add to your favorite goodie plates, stir into hot cocoa, or eat as is as a little treat by the fire.

Notes

  • You can buy a bag of crushed peppermint pieces if you like; it makes this recipe very easy!
  • You can also use milk chocolate chips if you prefer.
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peppermint bark, chocolate bark, peppermint candy, christmas candy, easy Christmas candy, homemade candy recipe, how to make peppermint candy

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Homemade peppermint bark is the perfect holiday treat that's easy to make and tastes yummy all season long! It's only 3 ingredients and just takes a little time to let the chocolate set -- other than that, it's the easiest holiday sweet treat ever! #peppermintbark #peppermint #mintchocolate #homemadebark #homemadepeppermintbark #peppermintbarkrecipe

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.