Need a super easy, but oh-so impressive holiday recipe? I’ve got it for you right here!
This peppermint bark has become my go-to holiday treat. I’ve made at least one batch every year for the last eight years and each time, it’s gotten so many compliments and requests for me to pass on the recipe.
I fell in love with peppermint bark when I worked at Williams-Sonoma. They are famous for it and since I was totally broke when I worked there, my employee discount came in super handy when buying tin after tin. This was also the year I started dating Travis (aka my now chocolate-loving husband) who would always quietly sneak away to the kitchen at all hours of the day to grab a bite of the bark.
The following holiday season, I wasn’t working at Williams-Sonoma because I had landed my corporate marketing job and paying full price for a tin of peppermint bark didn’t fit into my budget, so I made my own. According to Travis, this is his favorite thing I make, so not only is this recipe super easy, but it also gets rave reviews from the chocolate man himself.
As you can tell from those little fingers that snuck in the picture above, I had a helper this year as I made my famous bark. Cecilia has a hand in most everything I make in the kitchen these days (you seriously can’t pry the girl away from cooking and baking), and this is a great recipe for some hands on fun for kids of all ages.
I was feeling lazy the day I made this bark, so I melted all of my chocolate in the microwave and she helped stir between each round of heating. She also lent a hand in unwrapping and breaking up the candy canes, swirling the chocolates together and topping the chocolate with the peppermint bits.
Now that I think about it, Cecilia pretty much made this bark on her own with a little help from me, instead of the other way around.
I’ve given this bark as gifts and taken it to parties, and, like I said before, people always ask for the recipe. This is one of those things that most people can’t believe how easy it is to make based on how it looks and tastes.
We have a tupperware container of this bark in the fridge right now and it’s going FAST.
In fact, hold on a sec while I take another bite of the piece I have sitting right next to me…
Super Easy Peppermint Bark
This easy recipe is sure to become a quick holiday favorite.
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- 8 ounces white chocolate chips
- 20 mini candy canes (1/2 cup crushed)
Prepare a lipped cookie sheet (one that fits into your fridge or freezer) with parchment paper.
Melt both chocolates separately in a double boiler (or you can also use the microwave by heating for 15 seconds at a time and stirring between each round until the chocolate is melted).
While the chocolate is melting, begin unwrapping and crushing the candy canes (I put the candy canes in a ziplock bag, wrap that in a paper towel then lightly pound them with a rolling pin).
Once the bittersweet chocolate is melted, pour it into a thin, even layer onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Pour the melted white chocolate on top and combine with a toothpick to make a lovely swirl pattern.
Add the crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate.
Place in the fridge or freezer until completely set – approximately two hours if you’re using the fridge.
Break the chocolate bark apart into whatever size piece you prefer.
Enjoy immediately or store in layers between sheets of parchment paper in an airtight container. This will keep in your fridge or freezer for up to two weeks.
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