Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Peppermint Bark

Around this time of year, I inevitably become addicted to peppermint bark. I've never actually had the candy at my house, but instead I go to my friend's house to eat all of hers. However this year, I felt it was only right to try and make my own. And it was well worth the minimal effort. 

Chocolate chips are fairly easy to melt
White chocolate is harder to melt, it burns more easily. 
Spread the chocolate on the cookie pan, and then spread the white chocolate over it to create layers. 
Gorgeous sparkling candy cane crumbles. 
Part of the charm of peppermint bark is the hand-broken pieces. 

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 
12 ounces white chocolate chips 
8 peppermint candy canes 

1.Unwrap the candy canes and place them in a food processor. Pulse on/off several times for 5-10 seconds each, until the canes have been crushed into small pieces. Alternately, place the candy canes in a large Ziploc bag and seal tightly. Use a rolling pin to roll/smash the candy canes until they are the size you desire.
2. Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with smooth aluminum foil.
3. Melt or temper the dark chocolate. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared cookie sheet and use an offset spatula or knife to spread it to an even thickness, a little more than 1/8" thick. The chocolate does not have to reach all sides of the sheet, as it will be broken up later anyhow. Place the tray in the ref

4. While the dark chocolate hardens, melt or temper the white chocolate. Stir in most of the candy cane bits, reserving about a quarter of the mixture to put on top.rigerator to firm up while you prepare the white chocolate.

5. Remove the tray from the refrigerator and spread the white chocolate in an even layer over the dark chocolate.

6. While the white chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces over the entire surface evenly. Press down very slightly to ensure they stick. Place the tray back in the refrigerator to firm up for 30 minutes.

7.Once the peppermint bark bark is completely set, break into small, uneven pieces by hand.

Recipe adapted from here.


  1. I bought crushed peppermint candy from the King Arthur Flour company catalog, and it has lasted me all through the holidays to decorate cupcakes for orders. I'm going to use what I have left for this recipe. Thanks!

  2. Wow! This looks amazing! I'm here from your mom's site. Your pictures are beautiful and the food looks delectable!