Peppermint Bark

Homemade Peppermint Bark is festive for the holidays, and this recipe’s snow-white color is especially pretty. We make this easy peppermint bark recipe every single year!

Peppermint Bark broken into pieces

My friend Jennifer gifted me this homemade Peppermint Bark many years ago. She had packaged the pieces in a small clear bag and tied it up loosely with a royal blue satin ribbon. It was such a beautiful present to receive. I tucked it away gently in my purse. I was anticipating eating it later that day, on our drive back to South Dakota for Christmas break.

But…I didn’t end up actually enjoying as many of those beautiful candy cane flecked bites as I had hoped. Confined in a car for almost four hours, with three other sugar-sniffing bodies, I ended up sharing much of Jennifer’s gift.

If my oldest daughter hadn’t already consciously decided she liked peppermint, this confection single handedly placed this flavor at the top of her list. We now make this easy-to-make treat every single Christmas season!

unbroken Peppermint Bark in a pan

How to make peppermint bark

Jennifer’s peppermint bark recipe is not only delicious, but it’s also extra pretty. She uses bright white candy melts instead of the more typical cream-colored candy. I love this pure, snowy white color so much more!

Peppermint bark is so very easy to make. I use the double-boiler method to gently melt the candy melts, and then add peppermint flavor to the melts. You can also use a microwave for melting, but I caution to go very slowly with the melting, so the candies don’t scorch.

Peppermint Bark

It’s easy to find a volunteer in our house to pound some candy canes into little bits. When the kitchen mallet comes out, everyone wants the opportunity to pound and let out some aggression! (If you don’t have a mallet, a rolling pin or another hard object will do.)

Once the candy canes are broken up, I reserve a handful, and then fold the rest into the melted white candy melts. And then I spread the mixture into an even layer.

The final touch is to sprinkle the reserved candy cane bits over the top, for an extra pretty showing of that peppermint candy.

pieces of Peppermint Bark

I like to set the pan in the refrigerator or freezer for awhile to chill the peppermint bark completely. Then I break the pan-sized piece of candy into individual-sized pieces.

This is always my favorite part, snapping that big slab into smaller portions. It’s kinda like making my own edible jigsaw puzzle!

Peppermint Bark pieces

This peppermint bark candy is perfectly pepperminty, and absolutely stunning in its pure white coloring that’s studded with flecks of red. It’s always a beautiful addition to our Christmas treats platters each and every year. And I do mean EVERY year. Our daughters wouldn’t have it any other way!

This sweet treat is great for gifting. Some other food gifting ideas I have for you would be:

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a pile of Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

Yield: 60 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes



  1. Line an 11″ x 17″ rimmed pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt the candy melts in a double boiler, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring fairly constantly until chocolate has melted. This can also be done carefully in the microwave. Just be extra careful to not let the candy melts scorch.
  3. Place candy canes in a heavy duty sealed bag and use a rolling pin or mallet to crush into 1/4″ pieces.
  4. Remove candy melts from heat and stir in crushed candy canes and peppermint extract. Pour onto prepared pan. Spread evenly, and then refrigerate until firm, 25 to 30 minutes. 
  5. Break into pieces. This freezes extremely well.


From the recipe box of my friend Jennifer, adapted slightly from Martha Stewart.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87

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a pile of Peppermint Bark
Peppermint Bark with red ribbon on top

This post was previously published in 2010. Some of the photographs and some of the text were updated in 2018.

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