Homemade Peppermint Bark is one of the best and most enjoyable holiday treats you can’t get enough of. Smooth, decadent chocolate combines with cool peppermint to create a delightful homemade candy filled with flavor your taste buds will love.
“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children they are all 30 feet tall.” -Larry Wilde
Homemade Peppermint Bark
I have been addicted to Williams Sonoma peppermint bark most of my life. November and December are the hardest months for me to go into that store. I could leave with hundreds of dollars in peppermint bark just for me. So to deal with this pricey addiction, I thought I should try and make the bark myself. Which is what I did, and I love it just as much!
Before I tie on my apron and get out the first bowl, I usually take time to plan out my cookie tray. Big, small, how much, too much, too little, what will be on it, how should it look? And then it goes something like this: Homemade peppermint bark…must have peppermint bark. How much peppermint bark should I put on the tray?
I’m convinced everyone loves peppermint bark as much as I do. If I had an entire tray of just homemade peppermint bark, I wouldn’t need anything else. I take the approach that anything else on the tray is just a bonus! I have come to realize that anything else on the tray is a just a bonus in my recipient’s eyes also. They are excited to get the gift no matter what is on the tray. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Nor does it matter what it looks like. They are like the excited child that doesn’t care how big the tree is. In their eyes, all Christmas tress are 30 feet tall. In my recipient’s excited eyes, it doesn’t matter if there is 1 cookie or 100 cookies. Which is what I love, and probably why I keep giving food gifts.
- Semisweet Chocolate
- White Chocolate
- Peppermint extract
- Peppermint candies
Chocolate for Peppermint Bark
For this recipe you can pretty much use your favorite chocolate and still have an outstanding product. Spending so much time with chocolate, I went a little fancy with my product this year. For the dark chocolate I used Valrhona Manjari 64% , and for the white chocolate, I stayed with Valrhona. Go with your favorite, and you will end up with a great bark!
How To Make Peppermint Bark
First, line a jelly roll size pan with waxed paper. In a double boiler melt semisweet chocolate. Stir in a quarter teaspoon of peppermint extract. Spread chocolate over the waxed paper to about a quarter inch thickness. Place the pan in the refrigerator and allow the chocolate to set for 30 minutes.
Next, melt white chocolate in a double boiler. Stir in quarter teaspoon of peppermint extract. Spread the white chocolate over the semisweet chocolate. Crush peppermint candies and sprinkle them over the white chocolate. Lightly press the candies into the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to set fully. Once it sets, break the bark into pieces and store in an airtight container.
This recipe is super easy to make! This recipe makes a jelly roll pan size of bark. Which can fill up quite a few tins or cookie trays. I usually double the recipe, just so I can keep a tray for myself.
Peppermint Bark Tips
You have two options for this.
1. The best way is to melt it in a double boiler. It’s simple. You just place a glass bowl on top of a pan of simmering water and let the heat slowly melt the chocolate. Be careful and don’t get any water in the bowl.
2. Microwave. Place you chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and cook on low heat for 30 second increments. Stir between each one. When you are stirring, make sure to get everything from the bottom of the bowl.
You can leave it on the counter to set and depending on room temperature you are probably looking at 30-45 minutes. If you would like to speed up the process, you can place your pan of bark in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, although I prefer to leave it on the counter and avoid any condensation that may accumulate from the refrigerator.
This is an important piece of the recipe. It’s what gives you that great peppermint flavor. Don’t skip this ingredient.
It will keep in an airtight container for about 2 weeks on the counter.
Place candies in a large resealable plastic bad. Use your rolling pin and pound until crushed coarsely. You could also process in your food processor.
I hope you enjoy the homemade peppermint bark recipe as much as I do and don’t forget to save some for yourself.
Looking For More Recipes?
- 1 pound 64% semisweet chocolate
- 1 pound white chocolate
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
- Line a jelly roll pan with waxed paper.
- Melt semisweet chocolate in a double boiler. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.
- Spread chocolate over the waxed paper to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
- Place pan in refrigerator and allow the chocolate to set for about 30 minutes.
- Melt white chocolate in double boiler and stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.
- Spread the white chocolate over the semisweet chocolate.
- Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over the white chocolate. Gently press candies into the chocolate.
- Allow the chocolate to set fully.
- Once set, break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
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