Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe
Peppermint bark: I don’t think there’s anything else (except maybe hot chocolate) that screams “holiday season”! As soon as Thanksgiving is over, my taste buds switch from give-me-pumpkin-everything to must-have-peppermint-and-chocolate-now. If you’re one of those people who walks into Williams Sonoma multiple times to sample their peppermint white chocolate bark (no judgment here!), you’ll want to make this holiday peppermint bark recipe. And the best part? It’s made with real ingredients, not artificial flavorings–so you get all the wonderful flavor with no strange, potentially harmful chemicals.
This recipe for peppermint bark uses peppermint essential oil instead of peppermint extract for a boost of minty flavor and added health benefits. If you didn’t know, peppermint essential oil has been used aromatically, topically, and internally for thousands of years! This versatile oil has been known to reduce muscle aches, relieve the symptoms of colds (and other respiratory problems), soothe upset stomachs, and increase energy. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This means that making peppermint bark candy is healthy, right? 😉
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For a sweet, good-for-you treat, follow the holiday peppermint bark recipe below.
But if peppermint white chocolate bark isn’t your favorite, here are a few other “bark” recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth (and they’re all so easy to make!):
- 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
- ½-¾ cup peppermint (canes or discs)
- 2-4 drops peppermint essential oil
You will also need:
1. Place your peppermint in a small chopper and pulse until you have small pieces like this, set aside. Alternatively, you can place in a freezer bag and hit it with a rolling pin or hammer to break them up.
2. Spread a piece of wax paper out in your baking pan to cover the bottom and sides. It doesn’t need to be deep–you could even use a baking sheet with a lip if you like.
3. Place milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments. Give it a good stir between each cycle until it is smooth and completely melted.
4. Add 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil and stir it in well.
5. Spread melted chocolate into prepared pan to about ¼” or less thickness.
6. Pop the pan into the fridge for 10 minutes or until completely hardened.
7. Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave the same way you did the milk chocolate, stirring well each time.
8. Stir in an additional 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil.
9. Spread quickly over the top of the milk chocolate layer.
10.Sprinkle with crushed peppermint pieces.
11. Place in the fridge and allow to harden thoroughly. (I recommend at least 30 minutes.)
12. Remove from the fridge and break into smaller bite size pieces. I like to make some smaller and some larger so that everyone can choose the size they want (although most people go for the big pieces–go figure!).
Enjoy your peppermint bark! If your family and friends are anything like mine, this bark will go fast. You might even find yourself making this recipe for peppermint bark two, three, or even four times! But, hey, the holidays only come around once a year, so you might as well indulge a little 🙂
If you’re looking for other recipes to make for your family (or to take to your upcoming holiday party), make sure to check out my Christmas Recipes, Must-Try Food Recipes, and Decadent Desserts boards on Pinterest. Make any of the delicious foods on those boards and you’re sure to have everyone you know clamoring for the recipe!