dark chocolate peppermint bark recipe easy Christmas candy treat dessert

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Dark chocolate peppermint bark is one of the easiest Christmas treats to make.

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An incredibly simple traditional treat made in minutes.

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

peppermint bark in one solid piece on baking sheet

How to make peppermint bark

Crush the candy canes in a plastic zip-top bag, set aside.

Prepare a sheet pan with a wax paper liner or parchment paper, leaving enough paper on the edges to lift the bark after it’s set.

Place the dark chocolate in the microwave with 1 teaspoon of canola oil, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. You could also do this in a double boiler if you prefer.

Add one teaspoon peppermint extract, stir to combine, and pour out onto the wax paper prepared baking sheet.  Spread with an offset spatula to your desired thickness, I like it thinner. Mine was about 10″x7″.

Place in the freezer for about 3 minutes, until set.

Repeat the microwave process with the white chocolate chips and canola oil.

Add one teaspoon peppermint extract, stir and pour the melted white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate, spreading to the edges.

Top with the crushed candy canes and freeze again until set.

peppermint bark broken into pieces on baking sheet

It will separate if it’s too cold. So if you left it too long in the freezer allow it to sit out for a bit.

Break the dark chocolate peppermint bark into small pieces.

Store in an air-tight container or place in gift containers to share.

It’s that crazy easy! You almost can’t call it a recipe.

peppermint bark stack on red plate

No-fuss, no muss Christmas treat!

peppermint bark on red white snowflake plate

I highly recommend using good quality chocolate for this peppermint bark. It makes a difference in this holiday treat!

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Peppermint Bark Recipe

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark - One of the easiest holiday treats. Smooth, dark chocolate, creamy white chocolate studded with crushed candy canes!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe

One of the easiest holiday treats. Smooth, dark chocolate, creamy white chocolate studded with crushed candy canes!
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Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bark, dark chocolate, peppermint
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips I used 60% cacao bittersweet
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil divided
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract divided
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy


  • Place waxed paper in a baking sheet pan.
  • Add dark chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon canola oil to a medium glass microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for about 1 minute. If not melted, heat in 30-second increments until it is melted. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract to melted dark chocolate and stir until well-combined.
  • Pour chocolate into the prepared sheet pan and place in the freezer until set, about 3 minutes.
  • Repeat the same process with the white chocolate chips. Once melted and smooth add the remaining 1 teaspoon peppermint extract and stir. Remove the sheet pan from freezer and spread white chocolate over dark chocolate.
  • Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over white chocolate and return to the freezer until firm, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer. Break peppermint bark into pieces.
  • Store in an air-tight container.


If the peppermint bark is too cold it will separate when breaking into pieces.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe inspired by MyKitchenCraze

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