Holiday Peppermint Bark
Great presentation, easy to do! Add it to your list of Holiday Gift Ideas.
Great presentation, easy to do! Add it to your list of Holiday Gift Ideas.
I love this recipe! I actually add a layer of dark chocolate on the bottom. This is my method...melt the semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels and spread it on the prepared baking sheet and pop it into the freezer. While that is freezing I then melt the white chocolate and the small candy pieces. I then spread it over the dark chocolate and put it back into the freezer. Break into pieces and store in container or serve.Read More
I find using a double-boiler easier, because it slowly melts and no chef should use a microwave, ever. You also won't burn it in the double-boiler. I crush up red/white candycanes because the colors make it really beautiful. Once the chocolate is melted, mix the two quickly and spread evenly onto a sheet, and throw it in the fridge!Read More
I love this recipe! I actually add a layer of dark chocolate on the bottom. This is my method...melt the semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels and spread it on the prepared baking sheet and pop it into the freezer. While that is freezing I then melt the white chocolate and the small candy pieces. I then spread it over the dark chocolate and put it back into the freezer. Break into pieces and store in container or serve.
On my first try the white morsels did not melt, but turned into hard clumps that had to be thrown away. I e-mailed Nestle for advice. I was told high wattage microwave should be set at only 50% and that 1-2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil added prior to melting will result in smoother, creamier melting. I added the oil and melted the chips in a double boiler for my second batch and it turned out great. Very smooth and easy to spread.
This is my son's favorite holiday treat! I use half a bag of white chocolate and half a bag of semi-sweet, melted them in separate bowls and first pour the white chocolate down, then the dark on top. Then just take knife and cross-cross through the mixture making it "marbled" to your liking (but not too much or it will look muddy). I find that easier than making the two layers. I also added some peppermint extract to the chocolate layer and it is FABULOUS!!
Tried it with both Nestle White Choc. morsels and white chocolate from the craft store--the Nestle morsels were a little less sweet and worked better in this recipe.
So easy to make & absolutely delicious! Everyone asked for the recipe. Instead of 24 peppermint candies, I used 6 red, white, and green striped candy canes. I found that crushing them very finely makes it taste more pepperminty; some recipes call for peppermint oil, but this doesn't need it. I did push bigger pieces into the top. You may want to make a double batch if taking to a party.
I added a layer of dark chocolate to the bottom. A great gift.
I attempted to make my second batch (1st was perfect) of Peppermint Bark and ran into the same trouble another person had with the white chocolate starting to crumble because I didn't remember to turn the heat lower while melting in a double boiler. This caused the chocolate to dry out faster. So rather then throw it away, I made snowballs and rolled them into the finer crushed peppermint. Then placed them in the freezer about 15 minutes. They were a hit and told to make them again. So don't throw away over heated chocolate. Make SNOWBALLS! TIP: You need to pour melted chocolate as soon as it creams and remove from heat!!! Don't keep it on the heat, as this causes the drying out effect.
I took mini candy canes and made hearts out of two of them. I made about a dozen hearts on wax paper on a cookie sheet, and then spooned the mixture inside the heart. Then I let it harden and I had peppermint bark hearts!
This is one of the quickest Christmas treats I've made! I made one batch with Eagle Brand Candy Coating and one batch with Toll House Vanilla Chips-- The Eagle Brand was the easiest to melt, and was like velvet to spread on a baking sheet. The toll-house morsels got really dry in the microwave melting process and was harder to work with. I added a tablespoon of peppermint extract, and I'm glad that I did. It tastes great! Personally, the Eagle Brand chocolate looks the prettiest, and tastes the best. I'm going to melt some milk chocolate chips and drizzled it over the bark-- This will make great Christmas gifts. By the way, my cuisinart worked great for breaking up the peppermint! Much faster-- I realized this after the plastic bag started to break up with my hammering. Why work so hard?
So easy and so tasty!
I added a semi-sweet chocolate layer too...my family loved this recipe!
Just made this and turned out wonderfully. I used white chocolate chips and added 2 tsp. peppermint oil as well as vegetable oil to keep the chocolate smooth. I crushed 12 candy canes and added to the top and then drizzled melted semi sweet chocolate chips over top. Looks and tastes great!!
I made this today, turned out really great. Easy to make. I agree, I should have used peppermint extract in the white chocolate, tho. Also, when layering with dark chocolate, don't cool the dark layer too much, the white won't stick to it. I learned that the hard way. That's why they call it 'practice'. Yummy!
A lot simpler than I thought. This was my first time melting chocolate and I used a nonstick omlette pan over med-low heat and a rubber spatula. Very easy. I didn't have wax paper so I used a layer of saran wrap over a cookie sheet. Worked fine. A layer of plain semi-sweet chocolate on bottom, then the layer of white chocolate mixed with the candy cane dust, then pressed the larger pieces on top. After setting, the layers did come apart when you took a bite, so next time I'll use the pieces of candy as "rebar" between the layers and see if that helps.
I make this bark every Christmas; it is delicious! I also add a layer of dark chocolate to the bottom, but I add 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract to that layer. It tastes wonderful, and looks beautiful, just like the expensive stuff you find in magazines!
These were GREAT! So easy and they make a beautiful gift. I followed some of the others and used the chocolate on the bottom put it in the frig for about 5 min. then added the white chocolate on top. I also used almond bark (I just like the flavor and consistency better) added 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract to the melted white chocolate and ground up the candy canes into a fine sugar. They ended up with a beautiful shimmer like it had just snowed! One more thing... if you are having trouble with the chocolate and vanilla separating when you break it apart just let it warm up a few minutes and it will stay together fine.
Super Easy! I used mini candy canes and crushed them while the chocolate was melting.I used Ghiradelli white chocolate chips. I sifted the crushed candy as the recipe stated and the put the rest of the larger pieces on top. I will use this every year now!! You can not possibly mess this one up!!!
Great & easy recipe. My husband is not much of a peppermint/white chocolate lover but he really liked this. I would suggest crushing the peppermint first thing before melting any chocolate.
Extremely easy to make. I added red & green sugar & also little Christmas candy sprinkles to make it more festive. Looked great!
Great recipe, but I'm giving it 4 stars because for 5, you really need to add that layer of semisweet chocolate under the white chocolate. Here's a tip: Crush some of the bark after it's done and sprinkle it on top of a pan of brownies before baking. Makes the most delicious brownies!
I thought this recipe was super easy. I would suggest crushing the candy first, then melting the chocolate. My chocolate cooled by the time I had finished crushing. Also, if you want it to be more colorful, get those rainbow candy canes and crush those instead. I also melted some chocolate, spooned it into a decorating bag, and drissled the chocolate all over the top.
Delicious! I love peppermint bark so much, I was ready to buy it from William Sonoma, but the high price tag made me think again. I found this recipe and it is great. A few changes - a melt the chocolate over a double boiler (I just put my small pot inside my bigger one - nothing fancy). I melted chocolate first, spread the layer on parchment paper, then popped that in the freezer while I went on to the white. I melted the white *added one tsp of peppermint extract. Other than that, no changes. For as easy (and cheap) as this was to make, I've made it several times for neighbors as holiday gifts. It's so pretty when done! You must try!!!
This recipe is worth it! Better than the original one i tried (and paid megabucks for) at a famous coffee house chain. Instead of using the peppermint candies i used candy canes and instead of microwaving or double boiling the chocolate to melt it, i simply boiled a pot of water and added each bag of chips into its own ziploc baggie, when completely melted, i snipped off the corner and used it as a squeeze bag! Very easy clean up! The kids loved smashing the candy canes so it was a fun, easy, fast resulting dessert! Served mine with coffee after dinner. A hit!
VERY easy and VERY yummy! I added a few drops of green food coloring to give it a holiday twist. Just be sure to quickly spread it out onto wax paper - mine started to harden up pretty quickly.
Simple and delicious... only takes a few minutes, so it's great for a last minute addition to a cookie platter. Thanks! :)
This is an AMAZING recipe! So easy and delicious! Following another reviewer's advice, I melted 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate and spread that out first. Popped it in the freezer while melting the white chocolate and it turned out great. I made four batches in three days! Definetly add 1-2 tablespoons of veggie oil, makes the chocolate melt much smoother. And don't forget to put the candy cane DUST in the white chocolate!
Very yummy, but then I love white chocolate. This is very simple to make. Next time I don’t think I’d strain the tiny pieces of peppermint into the chocolate. That gave it sort of a grainy appearance. I used non-stick aluminum foil instead of waxed paper, which worked well.
Very good! giving it 4 stars because I have to agree with a lot of other people the layer of chocolate bark on the bottom adds a lot to it. My first batch I had troubles with the white bark not wanting to stick to the chocolate. The second time I made it I did not let the chocolate layer chill as long and it was still soft when I put the white bark ontop. That worked a lot better!
Simple, fast and delicious. I followed some of the other reviews and added a layer of semi-sweet chocolate and then put the white chocolate on top. It's been a hit this year with family and friends.
This worked out very well. I made white chocolate with wintergreen pieces, and semisweet chocolate with peppermint pieces. The semisweet is softer at the end product; it's just more fragile, but not terribly so. It'll still hold up for giving away in tins. I used the double boiler and a tbsp of corn oil for melting mine. I spread it out on wax paper because I don't relish the idea of peeling candy off a cookie sheet. Also, if you put it on wax paper, you can break it up without touching it (a plus for me since I don't want to give gifts with my fingerprints all over them!) A note to anyone who tries semisweet chocolate; you'll need lots more candy for flavoring than you need with the white chocolate, or else your mint will be drowned out. I used 10 candy canes; I'll use 20 next time.
I wasn't paying close attention and made this the first time with vanilla chips I thought it was very yucky, deffinetly get the high quality white chocolate to make this.
Here and I thought I had dreamed this up all by myself! I always make peanut bark with peanuts and milk chocolate morsels so when I got a bag of the white morsels at the little store where I work, I thought, "Peppermint would go good with this!" So I bought some soft peppermint sticks and crushed them up and added them to the nuke-melted white morsels, stirred them a bit and turned it out onto a big piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, spread it thin and put into the fridge for a little while and broke it up into managable pieces. Fam and co-workers loved it over Christmas!
Delicious and addictive! I couldn't find the mint candies so I used 6 regular sized candy canes to one bag of white chocolate chips. So yummy!
This tastes great and doesn't take long to make (a huge plus if you're making multiple desserts). It's a festive addition to any holiday plate.
I made a TON of this this Christmas. First, I used both white and milk chocolate almond bark. I pulverized the heck out of the starlight mints, no big chunks. And i also added some peppermint flavoring. It makes the chocolate peppermint bark taste WONDERFUL! I also had some fun "marbling" the two together for a pretty effect. Everyone loved it!!!
This is a great holiday treat its very sweet and delicious. I made it as a little holiday gift and put it in a bag and tied it with a pretty ribbon and with a card
SO EASY, so inexpensive compared to commercial brands. I followed the most helpful review and added the darker chocolate underneath.....YUM.
Easy to make, makes a great gift.
My 6 yr. old daughter and I just made this today and it is great. I did both milk chocolate and white chocolate (both were chips). I added peppermint extract to both chocolates. My daughter had fun breaking the candy canes with her hammer. We will do this again next year.
I followed the suggestion to make a chocolate layer below the white layer and stirred in 1/4 tsp of pure mint extract to each layer. Also, the suggestion to melt chocolate in a double boiler made for easier spreading. White chocolate has a different consistency so adding 1-2 tbs of oil really helped.
This recipe is a good starting point. I made the following modifications and it came out INCREDIBLE! -First melt one package of semi-sweet chocolate chips over a double boiler. -Stir 10 candy canes crushed in a food processor in (avoids the white chocolate turning pink) -Chill in fridge 10-15 min. -Melt one package of white chocolate chips over double boiler -Stir in 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract. -Pour over chilled bark -Press in candy cane chunks from 2 candy canes. -Chill an hour before cutting
This is so good. Also, I made this with my granddaughter, who has a rather short attention span, but it was fast enough and easy enough for her to enjoy helping. I also added some peppermint extract to the chocolate and added white chocolate chips with the candy canes to make it double layered. I would suggest making the layers very thin, it is easier to break. Very pretty. I will make this again!
For those of you who like peppermint bark but don't like the very hard candy, try using Candy Cane Hershey kisses in place of the peppermint candies. They are also white chocolate so they won't ruin the flavor and they are VERY pepperminty!
Fabulous. Sooo tasty and soooo easy. Thumbs up. I made this twice -- once exactly as written and once with an added dash of peppermint extract. It was great both ways but next time I make it I'll add that dash of peppermint again. I like the added hint of mint a bit better.
Sure, using actual almond bark instead of the white chocolate morsels is more sophisticated and "professional", but this way sure is easy and makes you look like the Christmas candy hero. I saved myself some grief and used candy canes, they were pretty easy to crush (using a rubber mallet).
I usually use 2-3 bags of white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes so I can make more at one time. Everyone always loves this.
I wanted a dark chocolate layer on the bottom, so I melted milk chocolate chips and spread them in the pan first, then put it in the freezer for about 15 min before adding the white chocolate layer. The layers stayed together perfectly and the final bark got rave reviews! If I had known it was so easy to make such yummy peppermint bark I would have been adding it to my holiday baking tradition years ago!
Made these today! Very simple I added 1 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract as I made a bunch. I used candy canes instead. Keeper!
This dessert AMAZED my family. I loved this recipe, and it was so easy!
Melted milk choclate with peppermint mixed in, then sprinkled mint, then drizzle with white chocolate.
Great Recipe. This is the second year I have made it and given as Christmas gifts. I use a food processor to make quick work of crushing the candies.
So yummy and so easy! I also added a bottom layer of semi-sweet chocolate, it really amped up the presentation. The peppermint 'dust' that ends up flavoring the white chocolate is just perfect.
very good. Made twice this Christmas and forgot the waxed paper yesterday. Now I need to melt it again, it would not let go from my cookie sheet and when it did it is shaving pieces.
Very simple and good. I would recommend making sure your chucks of peppermint that you put on top are not too big or they could become difficult to eat.
Pretty good but was better when we added peppermint extract to the white chocolate.
Very good...did it like other reviewers had suggested and put chocolate on the bottom. A+
Wonderful and easy. My batch made just before New Year's was economical because I used 1/2 price candy canes. This one is going to be added to my yearly holiday favorites.
Used my food processor to chop up candy canes (pulse). My only complaint is that I wish I would have made them a little thicker. I tried to spread the entire batter out over the baking sheet.
This recipe was really good. I was so excited because I am a classic burn the white-chocolate in the microwave woman. So, I used a double boiler. I simply put a metal bowl on top of a pot of water and turned on the stove. I used half white chocolate chips and half dove white chocolate bars because that's what I had on hand. Dove is really good chocolate (for what I can get, I live in Asia) and next time I think I'll use all dove. I also had about 2 tablespoons of crisco, but it melted so well that next time I will use less. I used 5 candy canes (2 for the top and the other 3 mixed in) because I didn't have the normal peppermints and used a 9 x 13 pan (the recipe didn't specify). I'll definitely use this again.
I Love this recipe. I make it every year for Christmas. This year I purchase a package of white candy quick. Followed the package instructions on melting in the tray. I finely crushed 40 mini candy canes leaving a few little chunks mixed in the tray and poured out on wax paper. Super simple... Super Tasty
Came out great! I also added a layer of dark chocolate to the bottom. I melted the dark chocolate, let it cool in the fridge, then put the white chocolate mixed with the candies on top. Yum! Easy and delicious!
i made this yesterday to include in christmas treat baskets that i am giving as gifts. i followed the recipe exactly and thought the peppermint flavor was too strong, so in the second batch i cut the peppermint amount in half. this made if perfect to my taste!
I made this recipe multiple times last year with both white chocolate morsels and almond bark and both tasted good. I also added 1 T of oil to make it creamy and 1/2 tsp of mint extract for extra flavor.
Flavors are really good for anyone with a sweet tooth. I break the pieces very small and use this for an ice cream topping around the holidays. I have not had much luck adding a layer of chocolate. Every time I try, the two layers, white and chocolate, separate when I break the slab apart.
yummy, pretty, and easy to make! a great gift/snack food.
This is so good! I also added the layer of milk chocolate under the white chocolate. It's easy too. I know what I'll be bringing to Holiday parties this year!
This was pretty good. A great holiday treat!
Easy and good. I use half white chocolate (must use GOOD baking quality white--not standard grocery-store morsels) and half chocolate chips, then top with crushed candy canes. Friends love this stuff.
I made this with my 6 year old daughter. It was so much fun that I think we have started a new family tradition!
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Holiday Peppermint Bark Haiku: "Easy gift to give. (If you don't eat it all first.) Tasty, and festive!" Not much else to say about this super-easy recipe, other than it tastes wonderful, requires minimal effort, and is fun to wrap up and hand out as quick gifts to teachers, co-workers, neighbors etc ... I made this bark, along w/ chocolate/cranberry/walnut, and dark chocolate/pistachio/sea salt barks to dole out this season, and everybody so far seems to approve!
The first time I made it it worked perfectly and then my kids and husband ate it all before Christmas, so I made some more, but when I went to break it up all the normal chocolate separated from the white chocolate and it didn't look great. I didn't know what happened, so I was nervous to make it again because I didn't know how to keep it from happening again.
Great! My mom used to make these every year at Christmas. Great recipe!
Followed it to the "T". I used 2 packages (24 oz.) and used 12 candy canes and 12 peppermints. Added 2 tsp. of canola oil to only make the chocolate more smoother. This bark literally was devoured within 10 minutes. So easy to make and very delicious. If you used the candy canes, it takes forever to unwrap them.
I find using a double-boiler easier, because it slowly melts and no chef should use a microwave, ever. You also won't burn it in the double-boiler. I crush up red/white candycanes because the colors make it really beautiful. Once the chocolate is melted, mix the two quickly and spread evenly onto a sheet, and throw it in the fridge!
I made this with some changes. I used Giardelli semi-sweet chocolate morsels as the first layer then white chocolate as the second layer and mixed in Andes peppermint crunch baking chips. Then sprinkled more andes baking chips on the top instead of candy canes. Very good! I have been keeping them in the fridge in a sealed container. My family and friends love them.
Big hit at the office - easy to make.
I think this is missing something without the chocolate layer on the bottom, so I started with that. I had a hard time getting my white chocolate to stick to the chocolate layer, though. Still very tasty, but not the presentation I had hoped for.
Pretty and simple to make. Used white bark and small candy canes mashed with a meat tenderizer. Also added some peppermint oil for added flavor. Drizzed with some melted chocolate. Nice to give as a gift. I have also dipped pretzel rods in the melted white bark, then sprinkled broken peppermints on top and drizzle with the dark chocolate.
It is really easy to make, and looks quite beautiful, but I think it could use a little more peppermint flavor. Maybe because I used candy canes?
Have made this for church and library fund raising bake sales for a couple of years. Always sells well. This year I used Chocolate Peppermint candy canes, turned out festive looking and delicious.
If you use the microwave to melt the chocolate, keep a close eye on it! It is done when some of the pieces still hold their shape but are nonetheless gooey, so don't over-nuke them! Stir it frequently to check on it. (If you find it drying out, try adding butter to smooth it out!) I usually use candy canes, which I put in the food processor on pulse. This easily creats some of that fine dust that others say to reserve for the top for a nice sheen. The best candy to use for this, though, are the semi-soft sort of peppermint sticks, but just put them in a plastic bag and beat them with a rolling pin, as they are a little trickier to work with, but they melt in your mouth! After you let the mixture cool, slam the bark on the counter, and use a real sharp knife to drive the tip into bigger pieces in order to further break them up. This tip is really useful if you make big batches like I do that can result in rather thick pieces. The original recipe here is pretty basic, so you can jazz it up however you like. I give this recipe four stars because it did not mention any peppermint oil, which adds a lovely extra hint of flavor to it that is simply a must, in my opinion.
I've been making this for years now, and it HAS to be he easiest thing I make at Christmas. My husbands demands it now ;) Sometimes I'll melt milk chocolate chips first and let them set up and then the white chocolate over that.
I ABSOLUTLY LOVE PEPPERMINT BARK!...I RAN ACROSS THIS RECIPE, I TRIED IT AND IT WAS A SUCCESS...DE-LISH! THANKS FOR SHARING!
Simple, easy, tasty, and looks as though it is difficult to make. Great for entertaining. I would partition or at least indent the chocolate before it cools, because if not, it tends to break unevenly & is difficult to make presentable and uniform.
Fantastic recipe. It was so easy and turns out great everytime. I usually do a white chocolate batch and a dark chocolate batch.
great recipe. I chopped candy canes in my food processor. Did the layer of dark chocolate let that set up then added the white chocolate + 1tsp mint extract, peppermint pieces & then swirled slightly with a butter knive.
Very easy to make and sinfully delicious!
This turned out very nicely, but I added some peppermint extract to boost the flavor. Kids loved it. I tried to make this with a layer of dark chocolate on the bottom, but the layers kept splitting apart (same problem others have had). I think next time I'll use soft peppermint candy just to make the process a little easier.
Wow! This was so simple and fun to make. I gave this as Christmas gifts.
Very good. But I put in peppermint extract like previous reviews stated, and I don't think I should have done that. It gave it too strong of a peppermint taste and made the bark smell too much like alcohol. Next time, I'm just using chocolate and candy.
I did as many other reviewers suggested and used a layer of semi-sweet chocolate underneath the white chocolate. I also added a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the white chocolate. This was hugely popular with my husband and friends. I don't know how it is since I don't like mint, but they all raved about it.
I made this with the intention to give as Xmas gifts, but the bark was so yummy the first batch went into our tummies..second batch was bagged up and happily went into other people's tummies with compliments and recipe exchanges all around..I make these a few times a year and my daughter loves when I use the pink and blue (kid flavored) ones also-yum!
I did as some other suggested and added a dark chocolate layer. At the store I found dark chocolate and mint chips in the same bag and used those. Amazing!
Makes a great gift for teachers!
I made this for the first time tonight and it was incredibly easy and turned out very tasty. I followed the recipe with no modifications. After reading over some of the other reviews, I may try adding some peppermint extract to the white chocolate next time, and I'll probably crush the candy a bit more, as mine has lots of larger pieces. I may even try the semi-sweet chocolate layer that others have recommended. However, I am very satisfied with how my first batch turned out, and I love how easy the preparation was. I'm sure it'll be a bit hit at my work holiday party this week!