Homemade peppermint bark no white chocolate

Easy Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe

December 20, 2017 by Michelle

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This simple peppermint bark recipe takes just a few minutes to make, and it creates a great gift. Some links are affiliate links, so if you click and buy, I earn a commission.

Tasty dark chocolate peppermint bark recipe

Remember last week when I made and shared my nut free English toffee recipe with the teachers at my kids’ school? I knew the PTO would be short allergy friendly items. The toffee is gluten free but not dairy free.

Me being me, I already planned to chop chocolate for the toffee, so why not do just a little more and make another simple treat?

Plate of simple peppermint bark

Who doesn’t love peppermint bark? The richness of the dark chocolate with the bite of the mint and the crunch of the candies all make the perfect treat. I almost feel bad calling this a recipe because it’s truly that easy.

And really, I make this all the time over the holidays with the leftover chocolate I have from other chocolate dipped treats. When you make truffles – whether edible cookie dough truffles or traditional chocolate ones – you have to melt more chocolate than you need to dip.

What to do with that leftover chocolate?… Of course I make peppermint bark!

Make your own peppermint bark

I’ve talked before about how I make a chocolate bark every time I melt chocolate and have extra left over – which is pretty much every time. No one wants the truffle that got dragged through the bottom of the pot, right?

The best part? You can switch up the flavors of your chocolate bark so easily depending on your mood. I’ve made s’mores bark and an antioxidant bark (my personal favorite) and so many more.

With the holidays literally around the corner, you know I had to do a peppermint bark recipe this time.

Make peppermint bark for the holidays

I make this a bunch right after the holidays, too – when candy canes are on sale, because I always buy more. Once you crush them, it’s just peppermint and not a Christmas candy anymore.

That’s my excuse anyway. You can even make these with peppermint candies instead of candy canes if you can’t find them (hello August cravings).

They key for this is to use quality chocolate. You’ll notice my version has no white chocolate.

I’m a chocolate snob, and you do know that white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate, right? Much of what people use is almond bark, and that has both dairy and soy in it, making this suddenly less allergen friendly.

Easy peppermint bark recipe

If you want the pretty combo, feel free to add white chocolate to your shopping list. Make a dark chocolate layer, add a layer of white chocolate, then top with more dark chocolate. Let each layer harden a bit before adding the next layer and spreading.

Me? I’ll stick with this version. I’m a purist!

Homemade peppermint bark no white chocolate

Just make sure you use good chocolate. This will melt smoothly for you, which lower quality chocolate won’t without adding a little oil.

I have giant bars of chocolate in my house and chop what I need, but there are fantastic callets (that’s fancy for “chips”) you can buy instead that work great, too.

How to Make a Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe

Crush your candy canes before you melt your chocolate. If you use candy canes, place them on a chopping block.

Drop a heavy pot on the candy canes to crush. The plastic wrap protects them but easily peels off afterwards – no wasted plastic bag!

Use a heavy pot to melt your chocolate over low heat. I used to use a double boiler to ensure the chocolate melts safely, but my cast iron pots with low heat work just as well. Stir the chocolate to ensure the bottom doesn’t scorch.

While the chocolate melts, place wax paper on a jelly roll pan, or use a silpat. There’s a reason you want this on a cookie sheet, trust me!

Remove the pot from the heat once just a few lumps remain. You want to chocolate to melt at the lowest temperature possible. If it gets too hot, it loses the pretty, glossy look you want and expect from chocolate.

Add peppermint extract, and stir to distribute.

Immediately pour the chocolate onto your silpat or wax paper. Use a spatula to scrape the pot, then spread the melted chocolate to your desired thickness. I like mine about a quarter inch thick, which lets it really snap when I break or bite into it.

Immediately sprinkle your crushed peppermint onto the chocolate. Lift the jelly roll pan a few inches from your counter and drop it a few times.

This helps push the peppermint into the melted chocolate to ensure it stays in place after the chocolate hardens.

Spread melted chocolate and add peppermint

Let the chocolate harden. When it’s winter, I set it on my deck to speed the process. Gently lift the peppermint bark from the paper and break into pieces.

Break up peppermint bark

Serve immediately or place in a sealed container on your counter for up to a week.

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Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Yield: 20 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This delicious and simple treat is perfect to bring to a holiday gathering. It's allergy friendly but tastes great. Bonus? It takes just a few minutes to make, especially if it's cold outside and you can harden the chocolate quickly. This is perfect for any leftover chocolate you melted to make truffles or other goodies, or melt some just to make this perfect potluck dessert.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 3/4 t peppermint extract
  • 2 candy canes

Instructions

  1. Crush candy canes. Prep wax paper or a silpat on a jelly roll pan.
  2. Use a heavy pot to melt chocolate over low heat. Remove the pot from the heat when just a few lumps remain. Add peppermint extract, and stir to distribute.
  3. Pour chocolate onto silpat, then spread melted chocolate to desired thickness.
  4. Sprinkle crushed peppermint onto chocolate.
  5. Let chocolate harden for a half hour. Remove from paper and break into bite size pieces.
  6. Serve immediately or place in a sealed container on counter for up to a week.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 43 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Protein: 0g
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Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe Gluten free and dairy free holiday treat

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    Comments

  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy


    This would make an awesome food gift. Perfect to take to all the house parties this holiday season

    • Michelle


      Right? That or any other little gift. It’s how I use up some of my “leftover” candy canes, too!

  • Arlene Mobley


    Christmas Bark is the easiest homemade Christmas gift to make!

    • Michelle


      It totally is! I love all kinds of chocolate bark for gifts.

  • Denise Wright


    This reminds me so much of Christmas! I’ve never made it myself but my friend Gail makes it every year and you get to the point where you expect it! Looks delicious!

    • Michelle


      I get it – some people just end up with expectations. And it’s soooo good!

  • Jolina


    I absolutely love chocolate bark! It’s simple, delicious and so versatile. And everybody loves them! Peppermint is such a classic.

    • Michelle


      That’s it exactly!

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


    There is something so Christmasy about chocolate and peppermint candies. I love the candies — they make everything you use them with a celebration. I’m definitely going to make some of the bark next year to give as gifts!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Michelle


      Thanks – and make some for sure. It’s so fun and easy. I love that it works for so many different allergies, too. Thankfully!

  • Veena Azmanov


    Chocolate Bark really makes me feel like Christmas. These make such awesome Gifts too!

    • Michelle


      It does although shhhh I make it all the way into February and use up my candy canes 😉

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