Smooth and creamy white chocolate filled with crushed peppermint candy canes. This easy peppermint bark is Christmas magic at it’s best–only 2 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.
Every year my sisters and mom get together for an annual chocolate making weekend. We hand dip and mold hundreds of chocolates (this year we did 127+ POUNDS) that we give to friends, family, and neighbors for the holidays.
One of the items we include in our chocolate boxes is this easy peppermint bark. It only takes minutes to mix up and under 30 until it’s ready to break and enjoy!
Whether you’re looking for a yummy peppermint treat, quick chocolate to add to your cookie/dessert platter or a pop of white and red color in your own Christmas chocolate boxes, this peppermint bark is perfect.
WHAT KIND OF CANDY CANES SHOULD I USE TO MAKE PEPPERMINT BARK?
Good old peppermint candy canes are what you want. You can also use large peppermint sticks.
After unwrapping the candy, use a food processor, blender or double bag them and use a rolling pin to crush the candy.
PRO TIP: The smaller the bits of candy the easier it will be to spread the peppermint bark thin.
WHAT KIND OF WHITE CHOCOLATE SHOULD I USE TO MAKE PEPPERMINT BARK?
It comes down to cost and personal preference. I prefer using premium white chocolate chips. They are smooth, creamy, taste great and can usually be found on sale around the holidays.
You can also use a chunk of white chocolate (grocery stores will sometimes carry this by the lb around the holidays), white chocolate candy melts, or white chocolate candy coating.
White Chocolate Options:
Premium white chocolate chips are easy to find, melt and are mid to high quality. They are mid-range for cost also unless you find them on sale (then they might actually be cheaper than candy melts or candy coating).
White chocolate chunks by the pound are usually higher quality but much more expensive.
White chocolate candy melts can be inexpensive but are waxy and don’t taste as good.
Inexpensive White chocolate candy coating is similar to candy melts just in a large brick. It’s cheap but low quality. It has a more firm texture when cooled (will harden quicker and harder than the others).
HOW TO MAKE EASY PEPPERMINT BARK?
This bark is so easy to make. Here are the steps I take to make peppermint bark.
- Crush the candy canes.
- Choose your preferred chocolate.
- Melt chocolate (I use a microwave-safe bowl and the microwave).
- Add crushed candy canes to melted chocolate.
- Spread and thin mixture on lined cookie sheet.
- Let cool and harden. Break and enjoy!
LOOKING FOR MORE PEPPERMINT RECIPES?
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Peppermint Patties
- Peppermint Marshmallows
- Andies Mint Fudge
- Chocolate Surprise Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Peppermint Crunch Fudge
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CANDY?
HERE’S THE FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE:
I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and friends do.
- 18 oz white chocolate, chocolate chips, candy melts, or wafers
- 12 oz peppermint candy canes, plus additional to sprinkle on top (if desired)
- Crush the candy canes.
- Melt chocolate (I use a microwave-safe bowl and the microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted--usually only 60-90 seconds total).
- Add crushed candy canes to melted chocolate. Mix well.
- Pour onto a lined cookie sheet. Spread thin. Sprinkle with additional crushed candy cane pieces (if desired).
- Let set. When cooled, bark will break into pieces easily. Enjoy!
- Use a food processor, blender, or bag and rolling pin to crush candy canes.
- The smaller the candy cane pieces, the easier it will be to spread and get thin.
- line cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper for easy release once set.
- Place bark in the fridge, freezer or outside if it's cold to speed up cooling time.
- Store in a ziplock or airtight container. Will keep at room temp for several weeks.
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