How To Make Peppermint Bark – A Classic Holiday Candy!

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Step away from store-bought gifts this holiday season and show them how much you really care by making homemade edible gifts like Peppermint Bark! This classic holiday candy uses just four ingredients and is so easy to make. Wrap the finished product in pretty festive ribbons before delighting friends and family with such a unique, thoughtful ( and yummy!) gift!

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Peppermint Bark

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Peppermint bark is one of those seasonal favorites that everyone seems to enjoy. If you’ve never made it before, you are in for a very pleasant surprise. This super easy recipe assembles quickly with minimal fuss.

This seasonal candy is one of my husband’s favorites, and it’s made using dark and white chocolate as well as peppermint extract and the bark is topped off with crushed peppermint candy canes.

Peppermint bark is great as a holiday treat – make a batch and store it in an airtight container to nibble on during the month of December – it’s especially good with a drink and a movie!

Or package it up in cello bags or a box and tie-up with a bow to hand out as gifts that everyone will love.

The Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays! You can check out Create the Holidays from 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Easy To Make Peppermint Bark

Recipe Tips

  • Not surprisingly, the “secret” to outstanding peppermint bark is to use high-quality chocolate. If you prefer, you can use all dark or all white chocolate for this recipe.

How Do I Make Peppermint Bark?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This classic holiday candy uses just four ingredients and is so easy to make. Makes 2lbs/900g.


  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes*
  • 16 oz (450g) high-quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 16 oz (450g) high-quality white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract


  1. To crush the candy canes, place in a heavy-duty freezer bag and cover with a towel. Pound bag with a meat mallet or rolling pin until finely crushed. Set aside. (This can be done in a food processor if preferred).
  2. Line a small, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  3. In a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate until completely smooth, approximately 6-7 minutes. Pour the melted chocolate onto the center of the prepared baking sheet and spread with a plastic spatula until approximately ¼-inch thick.

    Note: The chocolate will not cover the entire baking sheet, so start from the center and work out from there until the chocolate is distributed in an even layer).
  4. Place the baking sheet in the freezer to set up while preparing the white chocolate layer.
  5. Thoroughly clean the double boiler before melting the white chocolate. Once smooth, stir in the peppermint extract. You can also stir in some of the crushed candy if you wish.
  6. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and pour the white chocolate mixture on top of the dark chocolate layer. Carefully spread with a spatula until evenly distributed over the dark chocolate layer.
  7. Sprinkle over the crushed candy canes then place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  8. Once hardened, break peppermint bark into pieces before serving or storing. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1788Total Fat: 96gSaturated Fat: 58gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 219gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 6gSugar: 194gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 17g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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