Wednesday, December 18, 2013


I love Peppermint Bark, and I wish it were available all year, but you can always make your own. So today, I'm posting three recipes for Peppermint Bark plus a round-up of some of my favorite Peppermint Barks that you can purchase. Let me know your favorites. Do you prefer white, dark, or milk chocolate?

Peppermint Bark is easy to make and great to give. As always, use the very best chocolate, and in the case of this first recipe, be sure and use 'real' white chocolate and not the 'phony' stuff.

1. White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

1 pound white chocolate
candy canes, crushed to make 1/2 cup

Heat white chocolate in double boiler over low heat until melted.
Add crushed candy cane to white chocolate. Make sure white chocolate stays warm.
Pour mixture onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet, spreading very thinly with spatula.
Place cookie sheet in freezer until  mixture has hardened.
Take out of freezer and crack bark into small pieces.
Remove from wax paper and store at room temperature.

2. Microwave White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

1 lb. white chocolate
1/2 cup crushed candy canes

Place chocolate in microwave-safe dish. Microwave on 50% power, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and of creamy consistency.
Stir in crushed candy canes.
Spread on cookie sheet and place in the freezer until set (about 20 minutes).
Break into pieces.

3. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

12 ounces high quality dark chocolate
1/2 cup crushed candy canes
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract

Melt chocolate in top of double boiler (or saucepan on top of saucepan of simmering water).
Remove from heat, add peppermint extract and stir.
Pour melted chocolate onto cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread out with spatula or wooden spoon.
Sprinkle peppermint candy chunks on chocolate and gently press in with hands.
Put in freezer until hardened (5 minutes).
Break into pieces. Store in fridge in an airtight container.

The recipes above are super easy.  Nevertheless, you might just want to buy some Chocolate Peppermint Bark to give as gifts. Here are a few of my favorites!

Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark is made with custom-blended Guittard premium chocolate and natural oil of peppermint. There's a layer of semisweet chocolate, and a layer of white chocolate. The Bark is finished with handmade peppermint candy bits. What I love about this is the great reusable red tin with barking Dalmatians.

Trader Joe's makes an excellent Peppermint Bark. Their candy is chunky and all natural. High quality ingredients and great packaging, and less expensive than Williams Sonoma.

Dove has Peppermint Bark Promises. The candy comes in a bag easily available at your local drugstore or Target store. Each piece is individually wrapped in a holiday foil wrapper with fun holiday tips on the wrappers from Martha Stewart. This is a variation on Peppermint Bark. There's a chocolate base with white chocolate top with bits of red and white peppermint candies mixed in the white chocolate. This is also available in traditional Bark.

Ghirardelli Chocolate has Limited Edition Ghirardelli Holiday Squares. I love these Peppermint Bark Squares and have a few stashed in my desk this time of year. Basically a milk chocolate base covered with minty white chocolate filled with crunchies. I'm not convinced the crunchies are pieces of candy cane, but they add great texture to this candy treat.

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has a fabulous Peppermint Crunch Bark. Thanks to Bobbi Mumm in Canada for sharing her favorite a few years ago. This one is high on my list! If you have a nut allergy, you'll want to check out the rest of their chocolate line, too! Fab!!!

What's your favorite?

1 comment:

Mae Travels said...

That all sounds delicious. I have already eaten several boxes or bags of candy or cookies studded with candy cane bits -- I don't limit myself to peppermint bark. Possibilities: Pepperidge Farm Milanos, TJ's Jo-Jos, and several others. I'll look for the Dove variety. Ghiardelli was really good.