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This Peppermint Bark recipe is so easy to make at home! Layered peppermint bark has milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate between layers of white chocolate and peppermint pieces. Skip buying this candy and learn how to make peppermint bark yourself!

layered chocolate bark with crushed peppermint on top

Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe

I love peppermint bark almost too much – it’s such a delicious holiday treat. Some of my clients used to gift it to me and I would struggle not to eat the entire tin! I cannot get enough of the combination of dark and white chocolate and peppermint flavor. Did you know it’s super easy to make at home – and it tastes better?

Sometimes the store bought bark can taste fake – the chocolate has a waxy coating and isn’t that great. That’s why making my easy peppermint bark recipe is what you should be doing – it takes no more than 10 minutes to make it – and you can have it all year long!

Close up photo showing peppermint bark ingredients

Ingredients for Peppermint Bark

  • White almond bark – Use Almond Bark brand, Candiquik or Ghirardelli Melting Candy (Ghrirardelli is my favorite of the three).
  • Chocolate almond bark – Same as the above – use semi-sweet or dark chocolate.
  • Oil- You can use vegetable or coconut oil.
  • Crushed candy canes- You can also use crushed candy cane pieces you get in a bag. 

How to make homemade peppermint bark

  1. I used an 8×8-inch baking dish but you can also use a baking sheet or cookie sheet covered with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. You can check the package directions for melting instructions or place 6 oz of white almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until the bark is completely melted. 
  3. Stir 1 tsp of oil and ⅓ of crushed peppermint candies into the melted white almond bark. Pour into the prepared baking dish and shake gently to even it out. Place the dish in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until the bark is firm. 
  4. When ready, melt chocolate bark in the same way in a heatproof bowl. When it’s completely melted, stir in 1 tsp of oil. 
  5. Pour the dark chocolate layer over the white chocolate layer. Place in the freezer again until the chocolate is firm.
  6. Repeat one more white layer in the same way including the oil and ⅓ of crushed candy canes.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy canes on the top layer and place in the freezer again until the top layer is firm. 
  8. Remove the bark from the dish and break it into the smaller pieces (the fun part!). Store in an airtight container for up to one week. 
layered chocolate bark with crushed peppermint on top

Peppermint Bark Recipe Tips

  • If you are having trouble breaking up your peppermint bark, break into a few larger pieces that will fit in Ziploc bags. Then use a wooden spoon or a rolling pin to gently smash the peppermint bark until you see fit. 
  • Using an offset spatula helps spread the candy evenly.
  • It’s very important to line your pan with foil, wax paper, or parchment paper.
  • If you want, add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to one of the chocolate layers.
  • I would not substitute white chocolate chips in this recipe (or semi-sweet either). The cocoa butter in chocolate chips hasn’t been tempered in the same way as the candy melts; the bark will melt faster in your hands.


How long is peppermint bark good for?

Peppermint bark will last up to a week if it’s stored properly in an airtight container. 

How do you get peppermint bark to stick together?

Peppermint bark will naturally stick together as long as you let the layers properly harden and set before you pour on the next layer.

Does homemade peppermint bark need to be refrigerated?

Nope! This peppermint bark recipe does does need to be refrigerated, just be sure to store it in an air-tight container. 

layered chocolate bark with crushed peppermint on top

Peppermint Bark Recipe

5 from 4 votes
This classic peppermint bark is like a trip down memory lane every time I take a bite! I associate so many wonderful memories of holidays past with this treat. Give it a try, and I bet it will become a tradition to make it at your house every year, too!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 12 oz white almond bark
  • 6 oz chocolate almond bark
  • 3 tsp vegetable or coconut oil
  • 5 candy canes crushed
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  • Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by lining it with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  • Place 6 oz of white almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30- second intervals until it is completely melted. (See package directions also for melting instructions.)
  • Stir in 1 tsp of oil and 1/3 of crushed candy canes.
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Shake gently to even it out.
  • Place dish in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until bark is firm.
  • When ready, melt chocolate bark in the same way. When melted, stir in 1 tsp oil.
  • Pour chocolate bark over white layer. Place in freezer again until chocolate is firm.
  • Repeat another white layer including coconut oil and 1/3 of the crushed candy canes.
  • Sprinkle remaining candy canes on top of white bark.
  • Place dish in freezer again until top layer is firm.
  • Remove bark from dish and break into smaller pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Recipe Notes

I usually use almond bark for this recipe, but you can also use Candiquik or melting candy like the kind Ghiradelli makes. Depending on what you use, the melting instructions may vary, so be sure to read the package’s instructions so it’s melted correctly.
Don’t melt everything first, and then try to build the layers. It’s best to do one layer at a time and not move on to the next layer until the previous one is set.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Fabulous recipe! I made it and gave to my neighbors for Xmas. They loved it ! All your recipes are tried and true and they come out perfect every time! You are my go to for recipes !!