Sweet Holidays



I had never made peppermint bark before, but found it to be simple and the kids had great fun smashing candy canes. When I went to the store yesterday, I discovered that the white chocolate bark had some questionable ingredients, so I headed to Whole Foods and bought white and milk chocolate chips, which I think worked out really well. Here’s the recipe for one cookie sheet of peppermint bark. This made enough to send to four teachers and both of our neighbors.

I am including a downloadable page of labels so you can have instant gifts! Click on the image below and print the sheet of labels on card stock or sticker paper.


Peppermint Bark Recipe

  • 24 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 24 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 20 candy canes
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the milk chocolate chips onto the pan and spread them around. Bake for a couple of minutes until they look a bit melted. Then take the pan from the oven and spread the chocolate around with a spatula. Put the pan in the refrigerator to cool and harden for about 30 minutes.
  3. Next open the candy canes, place them on a cookie sheet under a clean dishtowel and crush them with a hammer (this part is fun for kids). Sort the larger candy cane pieces from the candy cane dust.
  4. Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler (I used a smaller pan in a bigger pan), stirring constantly. Add the peppermint extract and stir in the candy cane dust which will color your chocolate a light shade of pink. Let it cool a bit, then pour it over the top of your milk chocolate layer.
  5. Sprinkle with candy cane pieces and press them down gently so that they stick.
  6. Refrigerate for several hours, shake off the excess candy pieces, then break the bark into chunks. Best kept refrigerated.

33 Replies to “Sweet Holidays”

  1. Thanks for this. My small person and her Daddy are going to have a go at this to put in everyone’s stockings (all 9 of them!) for Christmas day 🙂

  2. The recipe AND the labels…I love it when you do most of the work for me! Thanks for the great recipe. Now I know what to do with all those broken Christmas parade candy canes we got last weekend!

  3. Thanks for sharing, can you tell where you got the box? I’ve been looking all over trying to find a plain box that I can decorate!

  4. i got my williams-sonoma catalog the other day and peppermint bark was their cover recipe. only the catalog didn’t have the recipe. w-s simply sells their own for an outrageous price. i thought i better try to find a recipe elsewhere because it looked so good. now i don’t have to. you’re awesome!

  5. i can’t wait to make these for teacher gifts, but just wondering, do you mean 20 regular size candy canes, or 20 minis?
    also, have you tried it with dark chocolate? i’m going to try a batch!

  6. MMMmmm, I bought my ingredients today. I usually don’t waste time with “white” chocolate, but I had this peppermint bark last year, and it was so good. I’m glad you put up the recipe. i bought Giradelli (sp?) white chocolate chips hoping that they really are rich and creamy.

  7. Hi1 I have found you via oneprettything, and I just think this sounds so good and easy, I am getting the ingredients this weekend when I go grocery shopping. I have included a link to this on a post on my blog of interesting things I’ve seen this week. Thanks so much for posting this!

  8. I made something similar, but I layered it in some little Christmas tree shaped silicone ice molds from the Dollar Tree (an idea I spotted on another blog). So yummy and so cute!

  9. We totally copied your idea and made some of this for my daughter’s preschool teacher. Thank you so much for the idea and the label…it turned out to be a very sweet gift, indeed!

  10. How long would you say the bark would last for? For Christmas gifts this year, what would the earliest date I could make them be?

  11. I love this great idea to melt the chocolate layer in the oven! I made some peppermint bark recently but used the double boiler to melt the milk chocolate layer too. Your way would definitely save me some time… thanks for the tip!

  12. I love this! I featured it today on my blog Today’s Top 20! I’d love if you could stop by! While your there please click on my water widget on the top right. For each click p&g will donate 1 day’s worth of clean water! 🙂 Thanks!


  13. I must have done something wrong because when I tried breaking the slab apart the white chocolate separated from the dark chocolate. Not sure if it’s the type of chocolate I used (semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate) or the fact that I melted the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Now trying to figure out what to do with it as I don’t feel like it would make good gifts and don’t want to throw it away (or eat it myself). 🙁

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