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Swirled Peppermint Bark

swirled chocolate and white chocolate peppermint bark on red tray

Swirled peppermint bark is even easier to make than regular peppermint bark because you mix it all at one time! Use white chocolate chips, peppermint extract, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and crushed candy canes to create a beautiful no bake Christmas bark to include on your cookie platter! Easily double the recipe for a larger batch!

What is it about bark and toffee that is so addicting?

I’ll have a little piece here, and another there.. and before long I’ve eaten the whole pan. Ever found yourself in that situation?

swirled chocolate and white chocolate peppermint bark in red mug

I do have one tip for you about this bark. After you crush the candy canes, don’t leave them out in the open in a bowl where your cat could knock them all over the kitchen. It could become a sticky mess. Not that this ever happened to me 😜

swirled chocolate and white chocolate peppermint bark on black baking sheet

How to crush candy canes for peppermint bark

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 🤣

 

pieces of swirled chocolate and white chocolate peppermint bark on red tray

How to make peppermint bark in the microwave

Melting chocolate chips in the microwave is easy if you do it properly.

First, be sure to add a small amount of oil (either vegetable oil or coconut oil) to the chocolate chips before melting.

Second, microwave the chocolate on 50% power, checking and stirring the mixture after every minute. Be patient, melting chocolate takes a little time. But if you heat your chocolate too quickly, it will seize and it’s beyond repair.

You can also melt the chocolate and oil over low heat on the stove.

swirled chocolate and white chocolate peppermint bark on white background

How to break peppermint bark

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.

Is peppermint bark gluten free?

Yes! As along as you’re using gluten free chocolate chips – which 99% of brands are gluten free.

How to store peppermint bark

After breaking the bark into pieces, store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag on the counter for up to 2 weeks.

  • Does peppermint bark need to be refrigerated? No, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but you can refrigerate it if you prefer it cold! Store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 2 weeks.
swirled chocolate and white chocolate peppermint bark in red mug

Can peppermint bark be frozen?

Yes. Use aluminum foil to wrap the peppermint bark in small bundles. Then cover each bundle with plastic wrap and place inside a freezer ziplock bag. Peppermint bark will keep in the freezer for up to months. To thaw, place the entire bag or individual bundles in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, unwrap the bundles.

Tips for making peppermint bark with chocolate chips

  • 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.
  • Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Don’t have peppermint extract on hand? You can crush more candy canes and mix those in with the melted white chocolate instead.
swirled chocolate and white chocolate peppermint bark in red mug collage with text overlay

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For a step-by-step of how to make this swirled peppermint bark recipe, watch this short video:

Swirled Peppermint Bark

Swirled Peppermint Bark

Yield: 25+ pieces
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Swirled peppermint bark is even easier to make than regular peppermint bark because you mix it all at one time! Use white chocolate chips, peppermint extract, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and crushed candy canes to create a beautiful no bake Christmas bark to include on your cookie platter! Easily double the recipe for a larger batch!

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 & 1/2 cups white chocolate chips (or high quality white chocolate bar chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 5 peppermint candy canes, crushed

Instructions

  1. 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. 
  2. Cover a 10 x 15 inch baking sheet (or any size) with parchment paper or aluminum foil. 

Microwave melting instructions:

  1. Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power for 1 minute 30 seconds. Check the mixture and stir. Continue to microwave on 50% power at 1 minute intervals until it’s melted, be sure to stir frequently. 
  2. Place the white chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power for 1 minute 30 seconds. Check the mixture and stir. Continue to microwave on 50% power at 1 minute intervals until it’s melted, be sure to stir frequently. Once the white chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract. 

Stove top melting instructions:

  1. Combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips and oil in a pot over low heat on the stove. Occasionally stir with a spatula until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  2. In a separate pot, combine the white chocolate chips and oil over low heat on the stove. Occasionally stir with a spatula until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Once the white chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract. 

Making the bark:

  1. Add the melted chocolate to the lined baking sheet. You can put all of one chocolate on the pan first and swirl in the other one. Or you could put a mix of both chocolates on the pan and then go back and swirl in the rest. Swirl the chocolates using a butter knife or small metal spatula. Add the crushed candy canes pieces. 
  2. Refrigerate the bark for 45-60 minutes or until the chocolate no longer feels soft when you press your finger on it.
  3. Break the bark into smaller pieces with your hands or cut into pieces using a sharp knife. 
  4. Store in a container or plastic bag on the counter. 

Notes

How to store peppermint bark?

After breaking the bark into pieces, store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag on the counter for up to 2 weeks. 

Does peppermint bark need to be refrigerated?

No, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but you can refrigerate it if you prefer it cold! Store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 2 weeks. 

Can peppermint bark be frozen?

Yes. Use aluminum foil to wrap the peppermint bark in small bundles. Then cover each bundle with plastic wrap and place inside a freezer ziplock bag. Peppermint bark will keep in the freezer for up to  months. To thaw, place the entire bag or individual bundles in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, unwrap the bundles. 

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23 comments

  1. I mean come on…….. I can’t even stop starring at it! This is such a good photo!!! Tis the season for peppermint and you absolutely nailed this! I am all over making this and just indulging in it quickly after!

  2. Bark is soooo addicting! Im almost positive my husband and I could eat all of this in one day. I love all the swirls!

  3. This looks wonderful! I think this would be great for teachers gifts.

  4. This looks super tasty and I love your presentation!

  5. I love making bark for Christmas! Especially the peppermint kind! 

  6. Saltine toffee is my downfall- I can eat pans of that stuff! Love this bark, too :) This may be my next obsession!

  7. Peppermint bark is my favorite! I make a version from Shutterbean that has Rice Krispies (!!!!) in it, but this looks sooooo pretty and delicious!

  8. I love this bark – it is so festive! At that mug sweater (or cozy?) is so cute!

  9. These look so great and easy to make! I can’t wait to try it, peppermint bark is my favorite over the holidays!

  10. I LOVE peppermint bark, and this swirled one is just so pretty! :)

  11. I kind of chuckled over the part about the cat – something that my two cats might do!  This bark looks absolutely amazing – there’s nothing better than chocolate with peppermint.

    • I would go as far to say that chocolate and peppermint are better than chocolate and peanut butter!

  12. Choc and Peppermint ARE better than choc and peanut butter!  And I am cracking up over the mug with the little sweater. 

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