December 18, 2020

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

This homemade white chocolate peppermint bark is made with just five simple ingredients! It is a delicious and festive holiday treat that looks complicated but really could not be easier to make. This recipe makes the perfect treat for gifting, too!

A Favorite Holiday Treat: White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

One of my very favorite treats of the holiday season is hands down, white chocolate peppermint bark. The combination of mint, chocolate, and peppermint candy is absolutely delicious and I mean is there anything better than mint and chocolate? I think not.

If you have never made your own white chocolate peppermint bark you may be surprised to know how simple it really is. There is no need to buy high-priced boxes of this stuff when you can make your own. Plus, it tastes way better than the store bought stuff anyway.

ingredients

Ingredients

Dark chocolate: the base of this white chocolate peppermint bark is actually dark chocolate! White chocolate tends to have a more sweet and buttery flavor, so the dark chocolate works to cut some of that sweetness and create a more balanced treat. Be sure to choose a dark chocolate that you enjoy eating. This recipe does not include any added sugar or flavoring so choose a delicious dark chocolate that you would not mind nibbling on.

White chocolate: this is of course the must-have ingredient in white chocolate peppermint bark. White chocolate is buttery and sweet and pairs perfectly with the dark chocolate and peppermint in this bark.

Peppermint extract: to ensure that there is plenty of peppermint flavor all throughout the chocolate, this recipe uses peppermint extract. It is stirred into both the white and the dark chocolate you get a little peppermint in every bite.

Peppermint candy canes: crushed up peppermint candy canes are sprinkled on to the top of the bark for that perfect peppermint flavor and crunch. You can also through a handful of crushed peppermint into the melted white chocolate if you would like.

melted chocolate in bowl

Helpful Tools to Make This Recipe

Making your own homemade white chocolate peppermint bark is probably much easier than you may think. But, there are a few helpful kitchen tools that will ensure you get perfect peppermint bark every single time.

melted chocolate being poured on parchment

How Do You Make White Chocolate Peppermint Bark?

Step One: The first step in making this bark is to melt your dark chocolate. To do this, pour the dark chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and then microwave for thirty seconds at a time until they are melted. Stir in half a teaspoon of peppermint extract and then pour the dark chocolate onto a sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper.

Use your non-stick spatula to smooth the dark chocolate out into an even layer and then place in the fridge to chill for around thirty minutes or until the chocolate is firm. 

Step Two: Once the dark chocolate is melted, it is time to melt the white chocolate. Repeat the same melting process you did with the dark chocolate of microwaving for thirty seconds at a time until melted and then stir in the remaining peppermint extract until well incorporated and then stir in the crushed candy canes until well combined. 

Step Three: Next, remove the chilled dark chocolate layer from the fridge and pour the white chocolate mixture on top. Spread it out into an even layer with the back of a spatula and then sprinkle the extra crushed candy canes on top. 

Step Four: Place the white chocolate peppermint bark back into the fridge to firm up for forty-five minutes to and hour. 

Step Five: Once it’s firm, cut or break the bark into large pieces and enjoy! 

melted white chocolate being poured onto dark chocolate

How to Store

To keep the bark from melting, I suggest storing it in the fridge or freezer for the best results!

Tips and Tricks

  • Be sure to use chocolate with a good flavor and that you enjoy eating for the best results.
  • If you do not have peppermint extract feel free to leave it out. The bark will still be good, it just won’t have the same level of peppermint flavor.
  • Allow the bark to completely cool and harden before breaking into pieces. This is the hardest part but so worth it to ensure you get a clean crisp broken pieces and not a gooey mess.

More Delicious Holiday Treats

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

Healthy Hot Chocolate

The Best Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Healthy Pecan Pie Bars

Gluten Free Cranberry Crumble Bars

peppermint bark on sheet pan

I hope you give this White Chocolate Peppermint Bark a try! It’s the perfect cozy and delicious drink to sip on all season long.

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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Casey Colodny / THE MINDFUL HAPA

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
  • 6 crushed candy canes + a little extra for the top

Method

  1. Add the dark chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time until it is melted, stirring occasionally. 
  2. Add half a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the melted dark chocolate. 
  3. Pour the dark chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and spread into an even layer. Place the baking sheet in the fridge to chill for 30-45 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.
  4. Add the white chocolate chips to another microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time until it’s melted. Add the remaining half of the peppermint extract as well as the crushed candy canes and stir until well combined. 
  5. Pour the white chocolate mixture on top of the solid dark chocolate layer and spread it out evenly with the back of a spatula. Sprinkle the extra crushed candy canes on top. 
  6. Place the peppermint bark back into the fridge to firm up for another hour. 
  7. Once it’s firm, cut or break the bark into large pieces and enjoy! Store in the fridge to keep it fresh and to prevent it from melting.

Notes

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  • Be sure to use chocolate with a good flavor and that you enjoy eating for the best results.
  • If you do not have peppermint extract feel free to leave it out. The bark will still be good, it just won’t have the same level of peppermint flavor.
  • Allow the bark to completely cool and harden before breaking into pieces. This is the hardest part but so worth it to ensure you get a clean crisp broken pieces and not a gooey mess.

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    6 comments
  1. My daughter and I made this for Christmas gifts and it is soooooo good! I really miss a good peppermint bark because I am dairy free now, but we used the nestle dairy free chocolate chips and it was delicious.

  2. This is such an easy to follow recipe and so fun to make! We are standing over the baking sheet snacking on it now, don’t know how much will make it into a box for later! 🙂 Thank you very much!

  3. I love peppermint bark! I’ve already made it this year and only have two pieces left. One thing to note is that the dark and white chocolate will separate when breaking if you don’t use high quality white chocolate. It must have cocoa butter as an ingredient instead of palm oil or else it won’t stay together. I use Ghirardelli white chocolate baking bars and it works perfectly!

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