This White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is so easy to make it’s barely a recipe. It’s a MUST for Christmas!

This White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is so easy to make it's barely a recipe. It's a MUST for Christmas!I have a confession: I haven’t bought one Christmas gift yet. I didn’t even realise that was a thing until I saw everyone on Facebook etc talking about how they have finished their Christmas shopping…what??

How is it even December 14th? How does that mean that next week is Christmas?!
Anyway, to distract myself further from this, I spent the weekend eating this white chocolate peppermint bark  and I just HAVE to share the recipe with you. It’s so easy it’s hard to call it a recipe – no baking, only the microwave for heat and all the ingredients are basically already made (chocolate chips galore!). P.S. I’ve shared 4 new chocolate bark recipes that I adore, including an updated version of this bark.

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White chocolate peppermint bark isn’t a new Christmas treat and I’ve kept the recipe pretty traditional. What I love about this recipe is that you can customise it to your liking but I generally feel that as long as you keep the amount of white chocolate to semi-sweet chocolate ratio the same, whether it’s 1 cup each or you double your batch for example, you’re in good hands. This White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is so easy to make it's barely a recipe. It's a MUST for Christmas!You can add as  much or as little peppermint extract as you desire (I’m a peppermint extract kind of gal) and any little additives you want – cranberries; pomegranates…the options are endless. I kept mine addition free because I love how the peppermint extract flavour shines through and even added more peppermint extract to the semi-sweet chocolate than I did to the white chocolate.
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Here’s a bit of baker geek time info: the reason I added coconut oil. Being a baker for four years and owning a baking business and making MANY many chocolate covered strawberries has taught me that white chocolate not only seizes up very easily after being melted in a microwave but that it can rarely be saved when it reaches that point. Adding coconut oil and using high quality baking chocolate helps to eliminate this problem as the coconut oil helps to break down the coconut and acts as a thinner (in a more delicious way). So that I’m not completely boring here, that means more yummy chocolate and less problems. Woohoo! I would only recommend using the coconut oil if your chocolate has seized up, or just isn’t melting properly.
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All the logistics aside, this is the crazy easy to make. It literally takes ten minutes to make total and the rest of the time is just fridge time. Then to serve you just have to break it up with your hands. On top of this being so easy to make, it is incredibly delicious. I have definitely eaten half my weight (only a slight exaggeration) in peppermint bark this holiday alone and trust me, I’ll be making plenty more. It’s a perfect last minute treat for the holidays and I can’t stress more how much you need to make this. And don’t even begin to count how many pieces you’ll be chowing down on – chalk it up to your abundance of Christmas spirit.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Preparation 10 min

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 8 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 candy canes (crushed)

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish or a small cookie sheet with parchment paper, pressing to ensure it is smooth.
  2. In a bowl, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips for a minute. Remove and stir together with a spoon. The chips should melt after a few stirs but if not, microwave in 15 second increments until melted.
  3. Pour into the bottom of the baking dish and spread to cover. Place in your fridge for 5-7 minutes to set temporarily. You don't want to set longer than this else the layers of chocolate may separate once hardened completely.
  4. Melt the white chocolate for 1 minute in the microwave. Remove and stir vigorously - the white chocolate should be melted and creamy. If not, microwave for another 15 seconds then stir again. White chocolate can seize up very easily so work carefully with it. Stir in the peppermint extract. Allow to cool for 1 minute.
  5. Move the slightly hardened chocolate from fridge, then pour over the solidified chocolate in the baking dish/cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Place in the fridge until set, about 30 minutes. Break apart into pieces when you're ready to serve it.
  7. Store in the fridge in an airtight tupperware container.

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Recipe Notes

TIPS:
If you're having any difficult with melting the chocolate, use a little bit (about ¼ teaspoon) of coconut oil. Coconut oil is used to help the chocolate melt (a very useful tip from my days of the baking business!) Use it sparingly as a lot can make the chocolate very very runny. Even if the chocolate doesn't seem to be melted at first, give it a few seconds and a few stirs.
You don't have to use the entire ½ teaspoon peppermint. I thought the extra peppermint contrasted very well to the chocolate and complemented it. You can use any amount you want since the peppermint candy canes on top will give it a great peppermint flavour.
The bark must be stored in the fridge.


This White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is so easy to make it’s barely a recipe. It’s a MUST for Christmas!

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28 comments

  1. White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is my FAV Christmas treat!! For some reason I haven’t made it in awhile, and this is kicking me into gear! Pinned!

  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE how easy, yet how pretty and classic this bark looks! I’m all about my chocolate these days and these sweet treats are definitely calling out to me!

  3. Erin Indahl-Fink says:

    This bark looks amazing Jessica! Would be perfect for any holiday cookie or candy tray!

  4. This bark looks gorgeous, Jessica! Peppermint bark is my absolute favorite. I could munch on this snack all day long! Yum!

  5. I am loving all the peppermint recipes around at the moment. It’s one of my favourite flavours.

  6. Perfect thing for all the upcoming parties! I love peppermint bark!

  7. Cailee says:

    GIRL!! This looks amazing!! I LOVE peppermint bark! …especially this time of year!! …and don’t feel bad that you haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet, I’m sure all your friends and family would gladly accept some homemade peppermint bark for a Christmas present!! I Know I would!!

  8. It’s barely a recipe, but that’s why I LOVES it!!

  9. Thank you for this easy, festive recipe Jessica! We all need some easy recipes about now with the holidays quickly approaching! These would make lovely gifts! So you haven’t bought a Christmas gift yet? I’ve yet to put a tree up! (hehe)… I’m not even sure if that will happen, although the garland and wreath are hung. I’m happy I’ve done that! Ha!

  10. There is nothing like Christmas bark around this time of year and bark doesn’t get any easier than this!

  11. Joanne says:

    I have been a total gift delinquent also! Maybe I’ll just make everyone bark for Christmas and call it a day. If I can refrain from eating it all myself!

  12. No worries girlfriend. I have only bought like one gift. I am terribly behind but I am in love with this bark. I just adore bark so much!

  13. Peppermint barks are so addictive! I made a batch yesterday too 🙂 These look awesome Jessica!

  14. Monica says:

    One bite of peppermint bark and I get right into the Christmas spirit! Love how you made your own because it’s so expensive to buy! Great tips!

  15. Ashley says:

    I haven’t made bark in almost two years I think! Which is so ridiculously silly on my part! I need to kick it in gear this season!

  16. Tammy says:

    I feel like I got a great head start this year. I had the tree up and the decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. That has never happened before. But now we’re like a week away from Christmas and I’m in full panic mode. Where did this month go??! :O

    I read in your lastest post though you’re pretty much caught up. That’s awesome. I’m still freaking out! Haha.

    I have never made peppermint bark before though every year I say I will. But each year December seems to goes by faster and I have not made this bark yet. Well, maybe since I’m short on time for shopping, I’ll bake my Christmas gifts this year.

    xo,
    Tammy

    ps
    my last comment published under my mom’s tap account 🙂

  17. sonaly says:

    looking nice

  18. Heather says:

    Hi Jessica,
    I’ve been making similar peppermint bark for years, except with 3 layers (mint, white, and dark chocolate). I am now vegan, and am looking for white chocolate that’s vegan. Have you been able to find any? Or does it exist? Thanks so much!

  19. Aimee says:

    Hi there…I have a question on the bark. I’ve made it before and been frustrated when I put the white chocolate on top, then try to spread and it melts the dark chocolate underneath. Is there a good way to do this without spreading with a spatula and messing up the two chocolates? Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Aimee,

      Semi-freezing the bottom layer as per the instructions should help stopping the bottom layer from melting. Hope this helps and Happy New Year!

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