Homemade Peppermint Bark

This homemade Peppermint Bark recipe crafts creamy chocolate layers studded with crunchy candy cane shards, creating a festive treat that's bursting with holiday cheer.

December 26, 2023
Peppermint BarkPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 150 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 160 mins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In separate heat-safe bowls, melt the white and semisweet chocolate with the vegetable oil, using the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each until smooth.
  2. Pour the melted white chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading it into a thin, even layer. Sprinkle half of the crushed candy canes over the white chocolate, gently pressing them in.
  3. Refrigerate the baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until the white chocolate is set.
  4. Pour the melted semisweet chocolate over the now-hardened white chocolate layer, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy canes on top and gently press them in.
  5. Refrigerate the bark for at least 2 hours, or until completely set. Break into pieces and savor the symphony of flavors!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Peppermint Bark
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12 g15.4%
Protein 2 g4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Tips

  • For a smoother white chocolate layer, temper the chocolate before using. You can find plenty of tutorials online on how to do this easily.
  • Add a festive touch by drizzling melted chocolate over the finished bark in contrasting colors. A drizzle of milk chocolate over the dark chocolate layer, or vice versa, adds a pop of visual interest and a subtle flavor variation.
  • Get creative with your toppings! Try chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or even a sprinkle of sea salt for a delightful flavor twist. Just make sure the toppings are small enough to fit comfortably in each bite.
  • Store the bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It makes a fantastic homemade gift, but be warned – it's so good, you might not want to share!
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This holiday season, your kitchen becomes the epicenter of candy cane magic. Ditch the store-bought bark and unleash your inner chocolatier with this easy-peasy recipe for homemade peppermint bark. It's a symphony of textures and flavors, where smooth chocolate embraces the festive crunch of candy canes, creating blissful bites that melt on your tongue and leave you dreaming of snow-covered rooftops and sugarplum fairies.

Whip up a batch in minutes and witness the magic melt away - one blissful bite at a time. So, gather your loved ones, preheat your oven, and get ready to craft a holiday classic that's sure to become a cherished tradition.

Origin of Peppermint Bark

This delectable homemade peppermint bark isn't just about deliciousness; it's a journey through chocolate history. While we may associate candy canes with the holidays, their peppermint-infused magic has been captivating taste buds for centuries. In medieval England, candy canes were often flavored with spices like anise and clove, while 19th-century America saw peppermint take center stage, eventually evolving into the iconic striped treats we know today.

Ghirardelli, a San Francisco chocolate giant, played a pivotal role in popularizing peppermint bark. Their rich, creamy chocolate squares studded with crunchy peppermints became a holiday tradition, their name synonymous with wintery bliss. And for those seeking a boozy twist, RumChata peppermint bark offers a delightful kick. The creamy liqueur infuses the chocolate with a touch of rum and cinnamon, transforming each bite into a festive celebration.

But don't underestimate the power of homemade magic! This recipe empowers you to craft your own signature peppermint bark masterpiece, surpassing the limitations of store-bought versions. You get to choose the quality of your chocolate, play with textures and toppings, and personalize it with a sprinkle of your own creativity. So, ditch the commercial aisles and embrace the joy of DIY. This homemade peppermint bark isn't just a treat; it's a testament to the timeless combination of chocolate and peppermint, a symphony of flavors that never fails to ignite holiday cheer. So, gather your loved ones, crank up the carols, and let the candy cane dreams take flight. With this recipe as your guide, you'll be crafting memories that will linger long after the last snowflake melts.

Peppermint Bark Variations:

Peppermint bark is the quintessential holiday treat! Its delightful dance of creamy chocolate and crunchy peppermint is a festive must-have. But who says you can't break free from the classic and explore a universe of delicious variations? Buckle up, because we're taking your peppermint bark game to the next level!

Chocolate Twists:

Dark and Stormy: Swap the semisweet chocolate for dark chocolate, or try a mix of both for a deeper, more complex flavor profile.

Salted Caramel Dreams: Drizzle melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt and a drizzle of caramel sauce. The salty-sweet combo is an explosion of taste.

Peanut Butter Paradise: Swirl melted peanut butter into the white chocolate before pouring it onto the baking sheet. This peanut butter bark will have you singing jingle bells in no time.

Festive Flourish:

Candy Cane Chaos: Crush peppermint candies in various sizes and colors, creating a confetti of festive crunch on your bark.

Berry Bliss: Scatter dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries over the white chocolate layer for a burst of tartness and a touch of vitamin C.

Nutty Delights: Chopped almonds, pistachios, or even pecans add a delightful crunch and richness to your bark. Just make sure they're roughly the same size as the crushed candy canes for even bites.

Beyond the Basics:

Boozy Bark: Infuse your white chocolate with a splash of peppermint schnapps, rumchata, or even Bailey's for a grown-up treat. Just remember, responsible enjoyment is key!

Go Tropical: Swap the peppermint for crushed Andes mints, or sprinkle dried mango and coconut flakes over the white chocolate for a taste of sunshine in the snow.

Spice it Up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili flakes to the dark chocolate layer for a fiery kick that will wake up your taste buds.

And remember, the possibilities are endless! Experiment with different toppings, play with flavors, and let your creativity flow. After all, homemade peppermint bark is all about celebrating the season and sharing sweet moments with loved ones. So, grab your apron, channel your inner Willy Wonka, and unleash a symphony of candy cane dreams in your kitchen!

How Do You Keep Peppermint Bark From Separating?

Keeping the layers of your peppermint bark happily bonded can be tricky, but fear not, intrepid chocolatier! Here are some tips to ensure your festive masterpiece stays beautifully united:

1. Temperature Matters:

  • Don't Overheat: Chocolate is a diva, and overheating throws it into a tantrum, making it seize and lose its ability to stick. Melt your chocolate slowly and gently, using the microwave in 30-second bursts and stirring in between until smooth.
  • Temper Your White Chocolate (Optional): For extra smoothness and resistance to separation, consider tempering your white chocolate. It involves a precise heating and cooling process, but it's not as scary as it sounds! Plenty of tutorials online can guide you through the process.

2. Layering Like a Pro:

  • Chill Between Layers: Don't rush the process! After pouring the first chocolate layer, let it cool and set slightly in the refrigerator before adding the next one. This gives the previous layer a chance to firm up and provide a better foundation for the next.
  • Don't Overwork the Chocolate: Resist the urge to spread the chocolate too thin or constantly stir it after pouring. Overworking can incorporate air bubbles, which can weaken the chocolate's structure and lead to separation.

3. Ingredient Power:

  • Quality Counts: Choose good-quality chocolate with a high cocoa butter content (at least 30-35% for dark chocolate and 20-25% for white chocolate). Higher cocoa butter content promotes better setting and helps the layers bond.
  • The Power of Oil: Adding a tiny bit of vegetable oil (about 1/2 teaspoon per 8 ounces of chocolate) can improve fluidity and help prevent seizing, reducing the risk of separation.

4. Beyond the Basics:

  • Line Your Baking Sheet: Use parchment paper for easy removal and to prevent the first layer from sticking.
  • Store Smartly: Keep your finished bark in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Avoid storing it near strong-smelling foods as it can absorb odors.

With these tips and a little bit of chocolatey love, you can create peppermint bark that's not only delectable but also stands the test of time (and temperature!). Remember, practice makes perfect, so grab some chocolate, experiment, and don't be afraid to get creative! Happy bark-making!

What To Serve with Peppermint Bark?

Peppermint Bark is a delightful treat on its own, but you can enhance its enjoyment by pairing it with various complementary items.

Here are sour delicious recipes that you can serve with Peppermint Bark:

How To Store Peppermint Bark?

Room temperature: Keep your bark in an airtight container at room temperature (around 60-70°F) for up to 2 weeks. It's best to place it in a cool, dark spot away from direct sunlight or heat sources.

Fridge it for longer: Extend the shelf life to 4 weeks by storing your bark in the refrigerator. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container to prevent it from absorbing other flavors in the fridge.

Layer it up: If you've made a large batch, layer the pieces of bark with sheets of parchment paper between them to prevent sticking.

Freezing

  • Flash freeze first: To avoid cracks and preserve texture, flash freeze the bark on a baking sheet for 2-3 hours. Once hard, transfer the pieces to an airtight freezer bag or container.
  • Frozen dreams for up to 3 months: Properly stored, your frozen bark will stay happily crunchy and delicious for up to 3 months. Just thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before indulging.

Bonus Storage Tips:

  • Label your frozen bark with the date for easy tracking.
  • Thawed bark is best enjoyed at room temperature for optimal texture and flavor.
  • Don't re-freeze thawed bark – it can affect the texture and quality.

So, there you have it! With these handy storage and freezing tips, your peppermint bark magic can last through the entire holiday season (and maybe even a bit beyond). Now go forth, indulge responsibly, and create memories that will melt your heart like a bite of perfectly crafted peppermint bark!

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