Friday, December 9, 2011

Peppermint Bark

I made peppermint bark for the first time yesterday at around 11:30pm.  It was incredibly easy to do, and since it's one of my favorite candies, I'm pretty glad to have made it on my own.  I used Paula Deen's recipe and followed it pretty closely, except that I also sprinkled a little bit of the mints on the top for a festive look.  If I ever get more time, I might try Orangette's recipe, but for now, this one works just perfectly.  If you're looking for a quick make for your cookie exchange, secret Santa, or holiday party, I'd definitely recommend this.

Peppermint Bark
  • Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
  • 2 pounds white chocolate
  • Peppermint flavorings, optional
Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane chunks with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired.) Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)


  1. Oh...this is definitely a favorite at Three Stories!! Thanks for linking the recipe...I usually leave something in the teachers' lounge for the holidays and I think this will do the trick!!

  2. ooh Yum!

    Also, I appreciate that you told us that you made this at nearly midnight. I like knowing when something is easy enough that I can do it late at night when I'm cranky and tired without a meltdown.

  3. @Maggie - If I was in the teachers' lounge, I would definitely appreciate it!

    @PinchOfThis - Yes, this was definitely melt-down free, something I can really appreciate on the night before a ton of schoolwork is due and so are treats for work!