White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a traditional Christmas dessert that’s made using 2 ingredients! Christmas Bark takes 10 minutes to prep and is one of our favorite no bake Christmas treats! 

For the holidays, we also love to make sticky paws candy and cut out sugar cookies

white chocolate peppermint bark in red christmas tin

Peppermint bark is a staple during the Holiday season! When we make cookie tins, we always include candy cane bark because it’s easy to make and it’s a traditional Christmas dessert!

Why we love this recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 24 oz vanilla almond bark 
  • one 10 oz package candy canes, equal to 20 candy canes
ingredients to make white peppermint bark on white platters
process shot of how to assemble peppermint bark

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 candy canes for 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!

white peppermint bark arranged on gray surface with candy canes

How long does peppermint bark take to set

At room temperature, the white chocolate 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 white 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 white bark stacked on a red christmas plate

How to freeze peppermint bark

Break the white chocolate peppermint 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.
white chocolate peppermint bark arranged in red christmas tin

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a traditional Christmas dessert that’s made using 2 ingredients! Christmas Bark takes 10 minutes to prep and is one of our favorite no bake Christmas treats! 
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 30
Author: Beth

Ingredients

  • 24 oz vanilla almond bark
  • 10 oz package candy canes equal to 20 candy canes

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. 
  • 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.
  • Save 1/3 cup of the crushed candy canes for garnishing the bark. Stir the rest of the candy canes into the melted chocolate. Pour the chocolate onto the lined baking sheet, spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 23g
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