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Peppermint Bark Recipe

Maria is a master gardener and master of public health. She & her husband, known online as The Gardener & The Cook, live in coastal Alabama.

Our homemade peppermint bark

Our homemade peppermint bark

Bo and I love our peppermint bark, and always make sure to have some at our house every year throughout the holidays. Years ago, we bought it either at Williams-Sonoma, or the bags of little squares by Ghirardelli at the grocery store — and both brands are delicious. Then one year, on the night before Christmas Eve, we had run out of the supply we bought, and we decided to try making our own. It was easy and fun — so much so, we never bought it again. We now make enough to share it with friends and relatives.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz / 340 gm) bag dark chocolate chips
  • 1 (12 oz / 340 gm) bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 (9 oz / 255 gm) bag crushed peppermint

Instructions

  1. Line a cookie sheet or jellyroll pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Pour the melted dark chocolate onto the parchment paper.
  4. Chill until the chocolate is firm, but not hard.
  5. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler.
  6. Pour the melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate. Spread it quickly, as it will soften the dark chocolate layer underneath.
  7. While the white chocolate is still soft, sprinkle the crushed peppermint over it, and press it in a bit.
  8. Chill until hardened.
  9. After it has hardened, break into small pieces.

Some Tips for You

  • How to spread the chocolate: I use an extra-wide cookie spatula to spread the chocolate until it is a thin, smooth layer. Don’t expect it to reach a completely even thickness.
  • Don’t let the dark chocolate chill too long: Be sure to take the dark chocolate out of the fridge a few minutes before the white chocolate is completely melted. We learned the hard way that, if the dark chocolate is too cold, it causes the white chocolate to begin cooling immediately. Then it cannot be spread smoothly or completely. That resulted in a chocolate mess — lesson learned.
  • Where to find crushed peppermint: Initially, we bought a large peppermint stick. It was about 12 inches long, and ½ inch in diameter. While the dark chocolate chilled, we put the large peppermint stick into a zip-close bag, and crushed it with the flat side of a meat cleaver. That is a good way to take out any frustrations you may have, and it's kind of fun. We can't find those large peppermint sticks anymore, but a couple of years ago, we found this little reusable jar of crushed peppermint. Using it saved us time for crushing, then cleaning the mess of those little pieces of peppermint that, somehow, go everywhere.
  • When to add the crushed peppermint: While the white chocolate is still warm and soft, begin sprinkling crushed peppermint over the white chocolate, and patting it in place so it won't fall off when the chocolate has hardened.
These cute little jars of crushed peppermint were available for a few years, then they were gone, too.

These cute little jars of crushed peppermint were available for a few years, then they were gone, too.

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For the 2021 holiday season, the jars were smaller and not cute — just ordinary jars with a screw on lid. They also cost more. So we found a different source of peppermint: the package contains more peppermint, and cost less than the little jars. The only downside is that it’s a single-use plastic bag that could not be re-closed.

So, what did we do? We had saved one of those cute little jars, so we poured the extra peppermint into it for next time.

These bags of crushed peppermint hold more than the jars did. They cost less, too.

These bags of crushed peppermint hold more than the jars did. They cost less, too.

Another Idea for Next Year

Yep! By the time we had finished making this candy last year, we had already thought of another change we want to make next time we make this recipe. Bo suggested stirring the crushed peppermint into the melted white chocolate, and spreading both over the dark chocolate at once.

The reason? If the tiny pieces of peppermint are embedded in the top layer of chocolate, they shouldn’t break loose, and fall off when you take a bite.

Sounds like a great idea to me. Maybe we won't wait a year to try it….

The finished product, ready to be broken into small pieces and enjoyed.

The finished product, ready to be broken into small pieces and enjoyed.

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