Tobins' Tastes: Homemade Peppermint Bark

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Homemade Peppermint Bark

My most recent batch!

A few years ago, my current roommate and I had a Christmas party. One of our parents' friends brought us a gift for hosting. It was the most delicious Peppermint Bark ever. I wanted to get some for my family for Christmas and when I priced it out at Williams & Sonoma (where it had been purchased), I was shocked to find that it cost close to $30 a box. I decided that I would find a way to make it for cheaper.

After lots of trial and error, I have finally found an easy and comparably inexpensive way to make this treat at home. I think that I even like it better than the one from the store and when all is said and done I make about three times the quantity in the box at Williams & Sonoma for less than $20. It makes a great dessert for a Christmas party and I package it up and give it as gifts to my co-workers and friends.

I personally have started using Ghirardelli chocolate bricks from Sam's because they taste amazing and melt really easily. They are 2.5 pounds each (one white and one regular chocolate) for around $7.50 each. You could use any kind of chocolate you have handy and I have even done it with chocolate chips before too. I then buy whole candy canes (I get Bob's from WalMart for .98 cents each) and crush them up myself.

Here is the step by step process.

Homemade Peppermint Bark
  • Equal parts white and milk (or semi-sweet) chocolate
  • Candy Canes
1. Rough chop your milk chocolate and put it in a microwave safe bowl.

2. Microwave it in 30 second intervals, stirring between each time until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

3. Pour and spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

4. Put in the fridge for 15 minutes or until hardened.

5. While the first layer is cooling, I chop my white chocolate and crush my candy canes

6. Once the first layer has set, melt the white chocolate and then pour and spread evenly right on top of the first layer.

7. Right after pouring the white chocolate, even sprinkle on crushed candy cane bits.

8. Put whole tray back in the fridge until completely hardened.

9. Once it is set, you can break it up in to bite size pieces.

I store it in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer. I love to find little packages at the dollar store to wrap it up for gifts. This year I found a great deal on DIY Martha Stewart packing at TJMaxx. I ended up getting a set of six of these cute bags for $2.



  1. What a great tutorial. I love Ghirardelli chocolate too. I will have to put this on my Christmas to-do list. Cheers.

  2. I've seen this bark on facebook and you make it look so easy - thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing I love peppermint bark I will have to give this a try.

  4. Oh this looks SO good. I love peppermint bark and have never made it, so I'd love to try. Stopped by from Create with Joy.

  5. Really cute and easy ! Great thing to make for Christmas!

  6. Love this so much, I have never made it before but gonna give it a try this year, thanks for posting

  7. I've made the peppermint but without the chocolate...gonna make some of it now that you've shown 'me the way'.....:))
    Over from Flour and I am linked to follow you. Come see me when you can.
    xo bj

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE peppermint bark! mmmmmmmm Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.


  9. This looks delicious Kaylee!!! YUM! Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That" Have a great week!

  10. Hey from tessacotton! Love your recipe! I've never made peppermint bark but now I am crazy tempted. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Christmas themed linky party!

  11. Yum!!! I love this stuff. I hope I have time to make it this year. I never have, but have always wanted to. Thanks for sharing your method of making it!

  12. Mmm...and pretty easy (at least you make it look easy!) Thanks for sharing it at our Sunday Show and Tell Linky Party!

  13. Delicious and so so beautiful!
    Never made bark, but this one sounds so good, I have to give it a try!

  14. Kaylee -


    Congrats - I could not resist featuring your delicious recipe this week at Inspire Me Monday at

    Create With Joy

  15. Mmmmmmmmmmmm! This looks and sounds so fantastic! Thanks for sharing it at Shine on Fridays!

  16. Love this idea!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi


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