Easy Peppermint Bark

Using only 5 ingredients, this Peppermint Bark is simple to prepare and perfect for giving away to friends and family as holiday gifts. It’s as easy as melting and spreading chocolate, but truly looks fancy. Top it with candy canes for that super festive look (and taste)!

Pieces of peppermint bark.Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe

This Peppermint Bark recipe is the most festive (and simple) holiday gift idea or addition to the dessert table.  It is not only delicious, but it looks stunning too. Making bark at home requires nothing more than melting and spreading chocolate, then topping it with the different flavor additions. This easy bark recipe is flavored with peppermint extract and topped it with crushed candy canes. You could spend a ton of money on store-bought or mail-ordered bark with unknown ingredients OR you can make your own at home in well under 20 minutes.

Peppermint Bark Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate
  • White Chocolate
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Candy Canes 
  • Flaky Sea Salt (optional)

Diy peppermint bark on a sheet trayTips for Working with Chocolate

  • Use a medium to good quality chocolate, especially if you are using chocolate chips. While we love that this is an affordable gift option, using low quality chocolate with a lot of additives, will negatively impact the final product. This is especially true if you are using chocolate chips, which are manufactured to hold their shape. Look for chocolate or chocolate chips with only a few ingredients for the best bark taste and texture. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive chocolate, but shoot for the mid range brands such as Ghiradelli, Trader Joe’s, 365 Brand, or Guittard, at a minimum. We also love Enjoy Life for dairy free chocolate. We also found a few brands of candy canes that didn’t use chemical food dyes including 365 Brand, Wholesome Organic and Yum Earth.
  • Make sure all utensils are clean and dry.Water and chocolate do not mix! Even a small addition of chocolate to water can make it break, which would mean gritty chocolate. Make sure your bowls and utensils are clean and dry.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler because it’s the most gentle way to melt it. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is an easy way to melt it, while making sure you don’t over cook the chocolate. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.

Homemade peppermint barkHow to Make Peppermint Bark

  1. First line a sheet pan with parchment paper so the bark comes off easily.
  2. Then, melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate (with added peppermint extract) separately. We prefer to use a double-boiler method, but you can use the microwave if you really want to, just make sure not to overheat the chocolate.
  3. Next pour out the dark chocolate and lightly spread to a rough 11″ x 16″ rectangle. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden. Next spread out the white chocolate on top of the dark chocolate.
  4. Then, add your crushed candy canes.  After you’ve topped it, let it sit at room temperature for a few hours or place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until bark hardens.

Break into pieces and either wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.

Storing Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark can be stored at room temperature, just so long as the room temperature isn’t above 70 degrees. If you need to store in the refrigerator make sure it is is in an air-tight container to avoid the chocolate pick up any smells or moisture.

A handful of peppermint bark

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Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe

Prep Time 00:15 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:25 Serves 8-12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line a 13"x 18" baking sheet (or similar size) with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt dark chocolate using a double-boiler method: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil with heatproof bowl over the top. Add the chocolate to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate until almost all of it has melted. Remove from heat, let sit a few minutes and then whisk it all together. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it's fully melted.
  3. Pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment lined baking sheet. Set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until set.
  4. Meanwhile, melt white chocolate and extract together. Once dark chocolate is chilled, pour the white chocolate on top and carefully spread it over.
  5. Sprinkle crushed candy canes and sea salt (if using) and let sit at room temperature for a few hours or place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until bark hardens.
  6. Break into pieces and wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.

Recipe Notes

  1. Bark will keep stored, at cool room temperature for about 2-3 weeks, depending on the ingredients added to the bark. A good rule of thumb to note is that if you add ingredients that keep well at room temperature for a while, the bark will keep well.
  2. This is roughly 8-12 servings but will make about 4 gift bags of bark, depending on how much you are placing in a package.
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Sea Salt Trail Mix Chocolate Bark

This sweet and salty holiday treat is simple to make, but looks so elegant. Make this Trail Mix Chocolate Bark in under 15 minutes with just a few simple ingredients to serve at a holiday party or to give away as a gift. It’s customizable and pretty darn delicious.

Trail Mix Chocolate Bark Recipe

If you are looking for the easiest holiday gift or dessert to serve, you’ve found it with this Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark! This chocolate bark is not only delicious, but it looks stunning and it is dead-simple to make. Making bark at home requires nothing more than melting and spreading chocolate, then topping it with the different flavor additions. For this Trail Mix Bark, we’ve topped it with nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut and sea salt. The added salt is not to be missed, it makes this bark sweet and savory and just plain addicting.

Trail mix chocolate bark.How to Make Trail Mix Chocolate Bark

  1. First line a sheet pan with parchment paper so the bark comes off easily.
  2. Then, melt the chocolate. We prefer to use a double-boiler method, but you can use the microwave if you really want to, just make sure not to overheat the chocolate.
  3. Next pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment paper. Make it as thick or as thin as you want it. We preferred to spread it to a rough 11″ x 16″ rectangle.
  4. Then, add your desired toppings. Go ahead and choose what you either have on hand or what flavor combination you like. For a festive look we made ours with red cranberries, green pistachios and white coconut. After you’ve topped it, let it sit at room temperature for a few hours or place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until bark hardens.
  5. Break into pieces and either wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.

Topping Options

Given that this is a trail mix bark, we topped it with all our favorite trail mix ingredients, including nuts, dried fruit and coconut. Here are some options that will work well for this bark:

  • Dried Blueberries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Cherries
  • Raisins (Golden or Thompson)
  • Dried Pineapple
  • Almonds (Whole or Sliced)
  • Pistachios
  • Peanuts
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Granola Clusters
  • Pepitas 
  • Sunflower Seeds

Tips for Working with Chocolate

  • Use a medium to good quality chocolate, especially if you are using chocolate chips. While we love that this is an affordable gift option, using low quality chocolate with a lot of additives to it will shine through negatively in the final product. This is especially true if you are using chocolate chips, which are manufactured with added ingredients to hold their shape. Look for chocolate or chocolate chips with only a few ingredients for the best bark. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive chocolate, but shoot for the mid range brands such as Ghiradelli, Trader Joe’s, 365 Brand, or Guittard, at a minimum. We also love Enjoy Life for dairy-free chocolate.
  • Make sure all utensils are clean and dry. Water and chocolate do not mix! Even a small addition of chocolate to water can make it break, which would mean gritty chocolate. Make sure your bowls and utensils are clean and dry.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler because it’s the most gentle way to melt it. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.

Chocolate bark with coconut and nutsStoring Chocolate Bark

Bark can be stored at room temperature, just so long as the room temperature isn’t above 70 degrees. If you need to store in the refrigerator make sure it is is in an air-tight container to avoid the chocolate pick up any smells or moisture.

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Sea-Salt Trail Mix Bark
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Enjoy Life's Chocolate Chips
  2. 1/3 cup dried cranberries/golden raisins
  3. 1/3 cup raw almonds
  4. 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt, more as desired
Instructions
  1. Heat chocolate using a double broiler method (Bring one inch of water to a simmer in a small pot. Set the heatproof bowl over the mouth of the pot (water should not touch the bottom of the bowl). Stir chocolate as it softens. When you have just a few small unmelted chunks, remove bowl from heat and stir to melt the rest)
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment paper
  4. If using a cooking cutter, lightly grease and pour chocolate to desired thickness (1/4 inch or so)
  5. Add toppings and place in fridge until bark hardens
  6. Break into pieces or leave in your cookie cutter
  7. Wrap in cellophane with a bow for the perfect holiday gift!
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Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

December and the holidays make me happy. I love the festive decor, I love the spirit people are in, and I love to give. Truthfully I do. One thing I know for sure is that homemade gifts are always extra appreciated, and especially when it’s food (duh). Think about it: a gift of something special that you spent time making because you knew the recipient would love it. What is better than that?

Throughout the year I gift Nutella Jars, Granola (grandma), Apple Butter, Pancake Mix (mom), and so on. Everybody always goes nuts! The one thing that was missing all this time? Personalized labels.

I’m excited that this week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express I can bring you FREE printable labels that you can use on all of your edible gift giving this holiday season!
Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

Fill in your name, write in the ounces and there you have it! The perfect customizable gift.
Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

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Labels: I use these!

A variety of mason jars or jars in general: I like these or these for smaller items, and varieties like these for larger ones.

RECIPES: 

Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark

Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

Homemade Nutella

Jam

Gluten-Free Granola

Pancake Mix: 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup tapioca, 1 tsp baking powder, dash sea salt (the label has what they need)!

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What edible gifts will you be making this year?