Peppermint Bark

Total Time:
1 hr
5 min
45 min
10 min

about 2 pounds of candy

  • Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
  • 2 pounds white chocolate
  • Peppermint flavorings, optional

Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane chunks with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired.) Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

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    Even if I do not have time to make anything else around the holidays, I make this outstanding peppermint bark! Crazy easy, very pretty and my family waits for it every year. Love it!!
    Why is this heaven called peppermint bark?
    I first heard about peppermint bark when a friend at work brought it in. Once I started making my own, no one at work will buy any from the store. It's just that good. :) This is the recipe that I have used all along. I use "bark" in white and milk chocolate. It's also good if you layer the milk chocolate and then the white chocolate and then put the candy on top. (I don't use the flavoring. Instead, after crushing the candy, I mix the powder in the chocolate before I spread it out. YUM!!!
    My grandson loves to make this. It is easy for him.
    Super easy to make and delicious. Thanks!
    easy and good
    Super easy! I like to switch it up with spearmint, wintergreen, cinnamon, or maple candy canes (omitting the peppermint extract of course. Thanks Paula!
    Excellent! Easy! Total hit. Made great gifts (wrapped beautifully in a treat box w/ ribbon and Christmas greenery. I also made a batch with just dried cranberries and toasted almonds. Wow
    Try this: melt 12oz semisweet chocolate with 1 tsp veg oil in a double boiler. Melt over LOW heat and stir continually. Pay attention & be patient! When melted, spread thinly over parchment paper. Refrigerate an hour. Do the same with 12oz white chocolate. If you are adding candy cane powder, know that the the extra sugar will harden the chocolate quickly so melt the chocolate first, then add JUST before you are ready to spread it and spread quickly. [Take the dark chocolate out at the last minute]. If you add liquors or mint extract, add a little extra oil at the beginning when you are melting, and any alcohol or candy additions only seconds before you are ready to pour. If your top layer of chocolate is just slightly thick, that's ok, just get it out there and start spreading. Sprinle on the big chunks of peppermint while still hot and press in. Voila. Best holiday treat you will ever have. Easy!
    This was the first time I made this recipe, and I would make it again. I used two packages of 11 oz. Guittard white chocolate morsels instead of "two pounds". I used 1 teaspoon of real peppermint extract (a prior commenter mentioned the fake stuff will change the chocolate. I melted dark chocolate as well for a bottom layer. I would recommend adding 1 T of veg or canola oil to the melting chocolate(s to add viscosity and to prevent seizing. Just my two cents. I saved 1/2 c of the crushed peppermints to sprinkle on top. I split the dark choc over two 12x17 baking sheets and did the same with the white choc. It turned out beautifully and the chocolate adds a little "sumthin, sumthin" to it.
    Awesome! So easy to make. I've seen these at William Sonoma. But it's so simple to just make it yourself. 
    I made these as gifts for Christmas, along with Giada's recipe for Lemon Ricotta cookies and Paula's Zuchinni bread. Wrapped them and put them in decorative gift boxes. 
    Delicious and sophisticated looking gifts!
    SO easy and so festive! I will be making these for gifts at Christmas! I think you should add the peppermint oil for sure...
    Super easy to make and DELICIOUS!!! The hardest part is unwrapping those darn candy canes!!!!
    Delicious, pretty and very easy to make!
    Easy, easy, easy!! This is a delicious treat for the kids. We did not use extract and it turned out very yummy and with the appropriate consistency. This recipe added a special touch for the kids' Christmas. Thank you for the easy recipe:-
    This recipe had a very good flavor, but my bark came out a little dry. It was also way too thick. It came out like a brick. Will try again some time and thin it out more.
    This recipe was very simple and a great hit! I split it into 2 batches and used Ghiradelli white baking chips in both. I used a Godiva vanilla white chocolate bar in one and a Ghiradelli bar in the other, with 5 crushed candy canes in each batch. I also added about 1/2 tsp of Peppermint extract to each. One batch I added a handful of dried cranberries, the other sliced almonds. I drizzled milk chocolate on some as well. Thanks Paula!
    This was my first attempt to make any kind of chocolate bark. After a couple of tries, I learned something very useful. Some extracts have alcohol and other additives in them. If you don't use a pure extract oil, it will cause any chocolate to seize up and become a thick, grainy and unusable glob. Also adding a teaspoon or two of Crisco shortening to the melting chocolate gives the bark a more luxurious texture. I ended up adding only the crushed candy canes (got a lovely result using a food processor to the surface of the chocolate --- the final result was both beautiful and tasty. A great recipe to begin one's adventures into making bark candy!
    This is a fast and easy recipe for the holidays. I highly recommend adding the 1/2 tsp peppermint extract -- it doesn't overpower at all. I mixed half of the candy cane chunks into the chocolate before pouring, and sprinkled the remaining half on top for a pretty look.
    I made this recipe this year for Christmas gifts and everyone loved it. I recommend adding peppermint pieces and holiday nonpareils to the top before putting it into the refrigerator. It makes it very festive looking.
    Just in reference to the comment below, for peppermint flavoring your best bet is peppermint extract, you won't run into any troubles with consistency with it. Also, I think this is so much better if you add a layer of dark chocolate underneath the white chocolate to counter-balance the super sweet white chocolate. Try it and you won't be disappointed.
    a 5 for the second try! Where it said add peppermint flavoring if you not add peppermint schnaaps! it turned it right into a large lump of white chocolate-- it lost all the smoothness- there was no consistency and it wouldn't reheat to soften...had to chuck it! that being said- the second try was the best- came out perfect- I hope my error helps someone else!
    I Love This Recipe! Its Tasty,Fun And Holiday Friendly! No Problems What So Ever! :D
    This was very easy to make and tastes delicious. I only used the crushed candy canes which was the perfect amount of peppermint for my taste.
    I love peppermint bark to begin with so I am a little bias, but this recipe is short and simple to make! However I usually add a layer of dark or milk chocolate as well as white chocolate. This recipe is great! Thanks Paula!
    Sadly disappointed in this recipe. Waaay to much peppermint for my taste (perhaps the stuff I used was too high quality? Also, the treat did not keep well out of the fridge. We brought this in a festive holiday tin to a party and by the time we got there the chocolate and candy can were melting. Won't make again:(
    This was OK not my favorite. WAY to sweet i think it should have some salty ness to it.
    This was very tasty and I am not big on mint flavorings, but I think that I will put in the mint flavor next time. I was afraid with the candy canes it would be too much. With that said. I had a heck of a time making this. I tried to do it in the microwave and stir every 30 seconds. It looked like it was cooking so I took it out and threw it in the double boiler. It was just so thick and hard to stir. I'm not sure if I cooked it too much or too little. I spread what I could on the pan and left the rest on the stove. When I came back to wash things. The chocolate that was left in the double boiler was thinning so I stirred it and used the rest of it. This consistency looked like the videos. I am giving 4 stars as I think the recipe needs some time frames and to warn of cooking the chocolate too fast. Thanks to the other comments on here I will to cook it slower next time.
    It is always a pleasure to find such a tasty,easy candy! I used peppermint flavored white chocolate and added a little extra peppermint oil. The candy is beautiful and tastes wonderful. Thanks Paula, another hit in my kitchen!
    This is a Awesome. Love it and so easy to make. Gave some to a friend and she loved it to. She wanted the recipe. Thanks Paula.
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