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Easy, swirly, homemade peppermint bark

Easy Peppermint Bark

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  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart
  • Total Time: 1 hr. 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 lb. 4 oz. peppermint bark 1x


Want to try your hand at making your own easy peppermint bark? Here are two different ways to make this simple holiday treat!


  • 10 oz. dark chocolate or chocolate melting wafers
  • 10 oz. white chocolate or chocolate melting wafers
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint oil or 11 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 68 candy canes, crushed


Pour about an inch of water into the bottom of a medium-sized pot. Set it over medium-low heat and bring it to a simmer.

Put a sheet of parchment paper on a large baking sheet and set it close by.

Place your chopped dark chocolate inside a heat-proof bowl (glass or metal is best) that is large enough to sit on top of your pot of water.

When the water is simmering, place the bowl of chocolate over it. Using a plastic spatula, stir the chocolate occasionally as it melts.

Add in the peppermint extract or flavoring (depending on if you’re using chocolate melts or real chocolate) and stir it thoroughly into the melted chocolate.

Once the dark chocolate is completely melted, pour it out onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread it into an even layer. Don’t spread it too thin, as it will just shatter when you try to break it into pieces. Allow the dark chocolate to harden at room temperature.

Clean out the bowl and melt down the white chocolate over the pot of simmering water.

Spread the white chocolate over the dark in an even layer and immediately sprinkle it with the crushed candy canes.

Allow the white chocolate to harden completely, then break the peppermint bark into pieces. Store it in a bag or airtight container in a dark, cool place.

Note: See the blog post above for detailed directions on using an Instant Pot or microwave to make peppermint bark.


  • Whichever method you choose, choose a high quality chocolate for the best results
  • If you want your peppermint bark to be a little bit swirly, like in these pictures, add the white chocolate layer after the dark chocolate layer has just set. Drizzle the white chocolate over the dark, then carefully spread it with the back of the spoon. Don’t over mix, as too much mixing will just make the layers look muddy.
  • For completely even layers with no chocolate mixing, allow the dark chocolate to set completely before melting and adding the white chocolate layer.
  • You can choose the thickness of the layers. Try to avoid very thick layers, which will make it hard to eat, or very thin layers, which will shatter easily.
  • Gently press larger pieces of candy cane into the white chocolate layer to keep them from falling off.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes, + an hour to set
  • Category: Desserts and Sweet
  • Method: Melting