Chocolate peppermint bark is an easy Christmas candy to make!

Use chocolate graham crackers, vanilla almond bark, and crushed candy canes to make this festive 10 minute holiday treat.

pieces of chocolate peppermint bark on a white plate

When we assemble cookie tins, we always include homemade peppermint bark because it’s easy to make and it’s a traditional Christmas treat that so many enjoy this time of year!

This holiday treat is made with chocolate graham crackers, vanilla almond bark, and crushed candy canes, that’s it, very simple ingredients!

Why You’ll Love It

  • It’s an easy recipe with 3 ingredients
  • No baking is required
  • Prepped in less than 10 minutes
  • Can easily be doubled for a larger batch

This Christmas treat is the perfect thing to add to cookie plates. If you’re looking for more edible holiday gifts, try Tiger Butter, Peanut Butter Balls, and Chocolate Fudge.

pieces of chocolate peppermint bark in christmas cookie tin

Ingredients

For the full recipe including instructions, see the recipe card below.

  • 1 box of chocolate graham crackers
  • 24 oz vanilla almond bark
  • 6 candy canes, crushed 

How to make chocolate peppermint bark

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill the pan with a single layer of chocolate graham crackers.
  2. Pour the melted white chocolate over the crackers, spread into an even layer. 
  3. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. 
  4. Allow the bark to set then break or cut into pieces. 

How to melt almond bark

For the most part, follow the directions on the package. I like to chop the almond bark into smaller pieces for quicker melting. Then place the chocolate in a microwave safe glass bowl and microwave for 3 minutes on 50% power, stirring and then continuing to microwave on 50% power until mostly melted. Stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula until fully melted.

How to crush candy canes

There are a few ways you can crush candy canes for peppermint bark.

If you want smaller pieces, that aren’t super crunchy, I would suggest using a blender or food processor.

If you’re okay with larger candy cane pieces, you can break them up by using my favorite method – the rolling pin or meat mallet!

Place the unwrapped candy canes into a ziplock bag, zip it closed, cover the bag with a towel (to help contain any flying pieces) and whack the candy canes with the rolling pin or mallet. Magic. And a great way to get some of that holiday stress out!

stack of chocolate peppermint bark

How long does peppermint bark take to set

At room temperature, the peppermint bark will take 2-3 hours to set. To speed up the process, you can put the bark in the fridge and it will set within an hour.

If you live in a cold climate, you can place the peppermint bark inside your garage if you’re running out of fridge space! 

You know you’re from the midwest when you use the garage as a second fridge during the winter. 

How to break peppermint bark

Once the peppermint bark is set and hard, you can break the bark into pieces with your hands or you can use a sharp knife to cut the bark into pieces.

pieces of chocolate peppermint bark on a white plate

Variations

Chocolate chips. Use white chocolate chips in place of the vanilla almond bark.

Peppermint oil. Up the peppermint flavor by adding a little peppermint extract to the melted chocolate. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon.

Sprinkles. Add holiday sprinkles to the bark.

Skip the candy canes. You can skip the candy canes and just use peppermint extract to bring in the mint flavor.

Tips for Success

Line the cookie sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper or wax paper.

Use a blender or the rolling pin method to crush the candy canes.

Sprinkle the top of the bark with additional candy cane pieces for a pretty presentation.

pieces of chocolate peppermint bark on a white plate

FAQS

How to store chocolate peppermint bark?

This easy peppermint bark recipe can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 weeks.

Can peppermint bark be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze peppermint bark for up to 3 months. Place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

More Christmas treats

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

5 from 3 ratings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 30
Chocolate peppermint bark is an easy Christmas candy to make! Use chocolate graham crackers, vanilla almond bark, and crushed candy canes to make this festive 10 minute holiday treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate graham crackers, 14.4 oz
  • 24 oz vanilla almond bark
  • 6 candy canes, crushed

Instructions
 

  • Crush the candy canes. 2 methods: blend in food processor or blender. Or place the unwrapped candy canes into a ziplock bag, zip it closed, cover the bag with the towel (to help contain any flying pieces) and whack the candy canes with the rolling pin. 
  • Cover a 10 x 15 inch baking sheet (or any size) with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Line the baking sheet with a single layer of chocolate graham crackers. I used 14 whole graham crackers and 6 quarter pieces to fill my pan.
  • Chop the almond bark into smaller pieces for quicker melting. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave for 3 minutes on 50% power, stirring and then continuing to microwave on 50% power until mostly melted. Stir the chocolate until fully melted.
  • Pour the chocolate over the graham crackers, spread into an even layer. If the graham crackers slide around while spreading the chocolate, gently push them back together. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.
  • Allow the bark to set. At room temperature, the bark will take 2-3 hours to set. To speed up the process, you can put the bark in the fridge and it will set within an hour. 
  • Once the bark is set and hard, you can break the bark into pieces with your hands or you can use a sharp knife to cut the bark into pieces.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 96mg, Potassium: 24mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg
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