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Easy Peppermint Bark

A simple recipe to make your own Peppermint Bark candy at home!
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas candy, peppermint
Prep Time 15 minutes
Setting Time 3 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 25 pieces
Calories 90kcal
Author Sam Merritt

Ingredients

  • 8 oz quality dark chocolate bars*, chopped into small pieces (226g)
  • 8 oz quality white chocolate bars,* chopped into small pieces (226g)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening like Crisco
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract not “mint” extract
  • 1/3 cup crushed candy cane pieces divided (76g)

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8" baking pan with wax paper. Set aside.
  • Place chopped dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir very well. Return to microwave and heat for 15-second intervals (stirring well between each) until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Spread melted dark chocolate evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Set aside (do not refrigerate) and prepare your white chocolate layer.
  • Place your chopped white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and heat for 15-second intervals (stirring well between each) until white chocolate is completely melted.
  • Once white chocolate is melted, place teaspoon of shortening in a small microwave-safe dish and heat until melted (this will only take several seconds). Add peppermint extract and stir well.
  • Add peppermint/shortening mixture to white chocolate and stir well. Add 1/4 cup of crushed candy canes to the white chocolate and gently fold in until evenly distributed.
  • Spread white chocolate evenly (and gently, in case chocolate has not completely set) over dark chocolate layer.
  • Immediately sprinkle white chocolate layer with remaining candy cane pieces.
  • Allow peppermint bark to harden completely at room temperature before cutting/breaking into pieces and enjoying. This will take several hours at room temperature. I do not recommend refrigerating.

Notes

I recommend using quality chocolate bars, and my personal preference is Ghirardelli. For this recipe I used two of their 4-oz white chocolate bars and two of their 4-oz 60% dark chocolate bars. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 90kcal