Chocolate Peppermint Bark is made with deep rich chocolate that has hints of a minty flavor and little bits of peppermint candy cane. So easy to make.
Chocolate Peppermint Bark is made with deep rich chocolate that has hints of a minty flavor along with little bits of peppermint candy cane. To top that off it is extremely easy to make.
Candy Canes only come out at Christmas. They come in a multitude of colors and flavors but the traditional red and white peppermint candy cane is dear (and delicious) to all of us.
Not only on the Christmas tree or as a candy but in our special treats too.
A close second is a green and white spearmint but the taste that ties it all together is mint. Wouldn't the green and white theme go great too? And, lastly, what goes best with mint? Chocolate!
We all want to have lots of treats over the holidays and it is a tradition to have many of them homemade. They should taste delicious but why not make them easy too.
Health Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate is rich in flavanols which helps blood flow. That's always good for the brain.
Chocolate has loads of polyphenols which keeps the lousy LDL down and in turn helps healthy HDL stay up.
Chocolates powerful antioxidants can continue to protect your body from oxygen free radicals that cause you to age.
A glass of red wine and chocolate reduces inflammation.
Even chocolate has protein.
As always, use moderation. About 1 tablespoon will do you.
What Are Some Chocolate Bark Options?
The list seems endless and any chocolate bark recipe is super easy!
Chocolate bark with cranberries and pistachios would be very festive.
White chocolate only with sprinkles would be pretty.
Colorful sprinkles and chopped peanuts would be a perfect combo with chocolate.
Dried cherries and chopped cashews sound perfect.
Chocolate with pretzels and vegan m&m's type candy would give the sweet and salty option.
It would also make a nice present. After they have cooled just pack in a cellophane bag and tie with a beautiful ribbon. Nice gift for the party giver too.
This is a treat that is not only a special indulgence but it is pretty too. You can place it in a bowl for your guests to pick at all day long.
Well, the chocolate bark probably won't last that long so maybe they should be put out after lunch. Just imagine a pretty bowl filled with this lovely bark alongside smaller bowls of assorted nuts and cookies.
What a perfect treat table.
I'm glad that chocolate bark has become popular throughout the year but Christmas has candy canes and that makes me very happy.
Helpful Tools to make Chocolate Peppermint Bark
You need to spread out the bark before you break it and these stainless steel baking sheets are perfect.
Double boilers make melting chocolate easy. I've had this exact one for years!
You don't need too many tools to get this bark recipe done!
Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- 16 ounces solid chocolate of your choice. Some people love deep dark high percent chocolate but I have found that the typical semi-sweet chocolate is liked by all ages.
- 12 ounces crushed Candy Canes - reserve ¼ cup for sprinkling on the top *See note below for preparation
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- That is it - just three ingredients that give a lot of pleasure.
- Melt the chocolate in your Double Boiler.
- Make sure you do not get one drop of water in the chocolate or it may seize up.
- * Candy Cane prep - Since you can pulverize the candy cane into powder real quick - do this by hand not in the food processor. The way I learned to do this is to put the candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer (lightly) all over to get small chunks. You will still get some really tiny pieces but that is fine.
- Stir in 1 cup of crushed candy canes.
- Stir in the peppermint (or mint) extract.
- Turn out onto a large baking sheet.
- Spread it as evenly as you can all over the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle the remaining ¼ crushed candy canes all over the top.
- Put in the refrigerator for about 1 hour so that it can harden.
- Take it out of the refrigerator and break into pieces.
Store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator. If your house is cool enough during the winter you don't need to keep it in the fridge.