Easy Holiday Peppermint Bark

December 14, 2021

Peppermint Bark has become one of my favorite Holiday candies and once you discover how easy it is to make it might just become your favorite candy of the season too.

With only 4 ingredients in this festive recipe it certainly makes this Holiday candy all the sweeter.

I just love the combination of semi-sweet chocolate melted then mixed with melted white chocolate and topped with crushed peppermint, oh wait don't forget the peppermint extract too!

Holiday Peppermint Bark

How To Melt The Chocolate In A Microwave

  • Place the chocolate chips or melting chocolate (both work equally well) in microwave bowl.
  • Heat on medium in increments of 30 seconds.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave after each 30 second increment and stir.
  • Since we are melting a lot of chocolate get all of the chocolate mixed well-you might have some melted chocolate stuck to the bottom of the bowl.
Holiday Peppermint Bark With Silver Sprinkles

Seized Chocolate (OH NO!)

Have you ever melted chocolate and took it from silky smooth to grainy and pasty?

I am raising my hand! Yes this has happened to me and when it has it all went into the garbage.
Seized chocolate is a mess.
I suppose it happens to me much less now than in my early years of cooking and for a variety of reasons.
I am not really pressed for time and I have learned from trial and error.
Best advice I can share is take the process of melting chocolate slow and never ever allow any water to drip into the melting chocolate.

Peppermint, white chocolate, semisweet chocolate and peppermint extract.

How To Melt Chocolate On The Stove-Top

  • Easiest way is to use a double boiler.
  • You can purchase a double boiler or make your own!
  • Use a large saucepan and fill it about a quarter full of water.
  • Bring water to boil.
  • Turn temperature down so water is just steaming
  • Place a smaller saucepan over the top of the steaming water.
  • Add chocolate and stir.

Holiday Candy

How Long Does It Take To Make Peppermint Bark Candy

  • Time to make peppermint bark candy is 10-15 minutes.
  • Time to set peppermint bark candy is 20-30 minutes in the fridge or until firm.

Peppermint Bark Is Great For Gift Giving

Ingredients For Peppermint Bark

Melted Semi-sweet Chocolate

I have pretty much traded homemade fudge for peppermint bark and since we love it so much I figured I better learn how to make it! Talk about simple, delicious and naturally wonderful for gift giving too. Just find a really pretty Holiday tin to put it in and presto! 

Layer of melted Semi-sweet Chocolate with Layer of Melted White Chocolate

Williams and Sonoma Peppermint Bark

We have Williams and Sonoma to blame for this almost cult following of Peppermint Bark Candy.
They enticed our palates with this simple and yet incredible combination of classic Holiday flavors back in 1999.
Throughout the years folks have waited in line to grab their tin of peppermint bark for themselves and for gift-giving too.

Melted White Chocolate poured over melted semisweet chocolate

Such a Simple Candy Recipe

While I miss making classic homemade fudge in good conscious I just had to give easy Holiday Peppermint Bark a try and I am sure glad that I did!


  • Keep Holiday Peppermint Bark in refrigerator for up two weeks.

Peppermints and Chocolate

Supplies For Making Easy Holiday Peppermint Bark Candy

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Easy Holiday Peppermint Bark
Yield 12
Author Jemma Olson
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
5 Min
Inactive time
30 Min
Total time
45 Min

Easy Holiday Peppermint Bark

This easy and no-fuss homemade Holiday Peppermint Bark recipe is perfect for the entire family to make. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up 2 weeks and is perfect for gift giving too.


Easy Holiday Peppermint Bark


Instructions For Making Peppermint Bark
  1. Crush candy canes in a heavy duty resealable plastic bag with a mallet or rolling pin and set aside.
  2. Place the semisweet chocolate chips in a medium bowl and microwave for 30 second increments.
  3. Stir after each 30 second increment until melted.
  4. Stir until smooth.
  5. Using an offset spatula spread the chocolate into a buttered 9″x 13″ rectangle casserole dish.
  6. Place the melted chocolate in the fridge for 15 minutes to set.
  7. Place the white chocolate chips in a medium bowl and microwave for 30 second increments until melted.
  8. Stirring after each 30 second increment and until smooth.
  9. Add the peppermint extract and stir until smooth.
  10. Using an offset spatula spread the white chocolate over the semisweet chocolate layer.
  11. Top with crushed candy canes or peppermints.
  12. Let harden in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  13. Break into pieces and serve.

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