Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a traditional Christmas dessert that’s made using 3 ingredients! Christmas Bark takes 10 minutes to prep and is one of our favorite no bake Christmas treats to include in cookie tins! 

For the holidays, we also love to make peppermint oreo balls and tiger butter

Peppermint bark is a staple during the Christmas season! When we assemble cookie tins, we always include bark because it’s easy to make!

Why we love this recipe

  • 3 ingredients
  • no baking
  • prepped in less than 10 minutes
  • can easily be doubled for a larger batch

Ingredients

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

How to assemble chocolate peppermint bark

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill pan with single layer of chocolate graham crackers.
  2. Pour the melted 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. I 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.

How to crush candy canes

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

  • If you want smaller pieces, that aren’t super crunchy, I would suggest using a blender.
  • If you’re okay with larger candy cane pieces, you can break them up by using my favorite method – the rolling pin!

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. Magic. And a great way to get some of that holiday stress out!

How long does peppermint bark take 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. If you live in a cold climate, you can place the 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 bark is set and hard, you can break the copycat ghirardelli peppermint bark into pieces with your hands or you can use a sharp knife to cut the bark into pieces.

How to freeze bark

Break the bark into pieces before putting in the freezer. Divide the bark into 4 piles and wrap each pile tightly in plastic wrap. Then cover in aluminum foil and place inside a freezer bag. 

To thaw, place the entire bag or individual bundles in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, unwrap the bundles.

Tips

  • Line the baking sheet with either a silicone baking mat, parchment paper or wax paper. 
  • Use a blender or the rolling pin method to crush the candy canes. 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.
  • Store chocolate peppermint bark in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 30
Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a traditional Christmas dessert that’s made using 3 ingredients! Christmas Bark takes 10 minutes to prep and is one of our favorite no bake Christmas treats to include in cookie tins! 

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.
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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