Easy Peppermint Bark

3 Ingredient Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint Bark is the easiest candy to make. It only requires 3 ingredients and there are no candy thermometers involved. You don’t even have to turn on your stove if you melt the chocolate in the microwave.

How to make peppermint bark using only 3 ingredients

An Offset Spatula is useful for spreading the melted chocolate out, but it isn’t necessary.

How to crush candy canes without making a mess

Place candy canes in a plastic bag, seal it and then use a potato masher to crush the candy canes.

dark chocolate, white chocolate and candy canes are all that is required to make this easy Candy Cane Bark

Because the  semi-sweet chocolate will be frozen, the white chocolate will firm up faster. So spread it quickly. The melted white chocolate may also begin to melt the semisweet chocolate. Don’t worry if you notice a bit of dark chocolate mixing with the white chocolate – just keep going, don’t try to fix it! The broken candy cane pieces will hide any thin spots.

Easy Peppermint Bark
Recipe type: Homemade Candy
Serves: 2½ pounds
Peppermint Bark is easy to make. It only requires 3 ingredients and there are no candy thermometers involved.
  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 12 oz. white chocolate pieces
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes ( 6 -8 candy canes)
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt semisweet chocolate pieces in the microwave according to the directions on the package.
  3. Spread melted chocolate out on the parchment paper.
  4. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Crush candy canes while the semisweet chocolate is freezing.
  6. Melt white chocolate pieces in the microwave according to the directions on the package.
  7. Spread melted white chocolate out on top of the dark chocolate. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top of the white chocolate.
  8. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the bark from the freezer and break into pieces.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
This makes a little over 2½ pounds and could easily be divided between two gift tins.


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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. One word. FABULOUS!


  2. Thank you! This is my favorite Christmas candy, and I’ve never tried making it myself.

  3. I love peppermint bark! So much fun. :)

  4. Great idea! My sister does this for her employees at Christmas. She makes several kinds of candy, like this one, and packs them into tins.

  5. I love peppermint bark, it is a holiday treat that is so easy and delicious!

  6. Beautiful and perfect for christmas. I love peppermint and chocolate together. Again, yours looks so beautiful- sometimes mine turns out kinda ugly but it always taste good:)

  7. This looks like something I should take to a party we’re going to next Friday night!

    Thanks for the greeting on facebook…glad to spread the word to others that my candy thermometer and I don’t get along. ;)

  8. We LOVE all kinds of bark! This looks delicious!

    We’d love for you to come link it up to our 12 Days of Christmas Goodies! Today we are featuring…. BARK (and I think this is perfect)!


  9. I blame you for wasted time. I came into my office over an hour ago to take a re-look at the quantities so I could put together this recipe. I proceeded to do some church database work, and then – the ultimate time eater – Facebook. Walked back into the kitchen *without* the recipe, but noticed my chocolate and peppermint on the counter.

    Oh, yeah! THAT’s what I was going to do!

  10. Karen Anderson says:

    What can you do if the white bark is too thick. I melted it in a double boiler.

    • Add a little bit of shortening or coconut oil (~1 tablespoon) to thin it. If you don’t have shortening, add a milk product, just a little bit at a time until it reaches the desired consistancy. Do not add water, it causes it to thicken even more.


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