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Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a gourmet food that always impresses your family and guests. Learn how to make Chocolate Bark at home using this 4 ingredients-10 minutes easy recipe! Fancy food made easy !!

Peppermint Chocolate is a must have dessert of holiday season. Enjoy the decedent chocolate treat for festive snacking and midnight sweet cravings, serve it in holiday parties or use it for holiday gifts for your loved ones!!

And you know what – chocolate bark is as versatile a dessert as you can make. Use any or all of your favorite toppings over melted chocolate. This no bake dessert is super simple , super affordable and super addictive!!

This is going to be one show stopping dessert at your Christmas after dinner. Plus, it is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free.

This holiday bark is full of sweet flavors and textures – a perfect confection. Snowfall of peppermint candies over melted smooth chocolate ! It truly is a dreamy decadent old world classic !

RECIPE INSPIRATION :

Several years ago, I picked a beautiful box of Peppermint Chocolate Bark at Williams Sonoma store. It was so good and yummy that we finished it off within days.

I am always look out to make affordable food and homemade gifts. So decided to make chocolate bark at home. And soon realized that it was super easy to do. I am sure you will use this fail-proof recipe often , just like I do !

BEST HOMEMADE HOLIDAY GIFT:

Wrap this Peppermint Chocolate Bark in beautiful paper bags for homemade gift! We also love making Chocolate Dipped Pretzels for Homemade Holiday Gifting. And even though it is not a cookie, it ALWAYS a big hit at cookie exchange parties.

Impress your friends and family with this beautiful gourmet gift. No one will believe you made it at home .. it looks and tastes AMAZING!

CHOCOLATE BARK TOPPING VARIATIONS

For holidays, Peppermint is the popular and favorite topping. You can use candy cane or peppermint candy.

However, you can use variety of other toppings to decorate the chocolate bark.

I love to create seasonal chocolate barks to celebrate year round. Some rose petals and pistachio garnished bark for Valentine Day, pumpkin seeds and candies for fall / Autumn and cranberries and pecans for Thanksgiving.

CHOCOLATE BARK TOPPING IDEAS

  • Holiday or seasonal Sprinkles
  • Marshmallows
  • Different nuts especially pistachio,  pecans or hazelnuts
  • Rose petals
  • Dried fruit : dried raspberries,  strawberries,  cranberries or blueberries
  • M&M candies
  • Sea salt crystals

HOW TO MAKE LAYERED CHOCOLATE BARK

Chocolate peppermint bark is typically made with white chocolate.  You can use dark chocolate, semi sweet or white milk chocolate as well.

It also is easy to do a layered chocolate bark. Simply layer white and dark chocolate over each other. It looks prettier that way. I am showing white, dark and two layer bark in the picture.

DIFFERENT WAYS TO MELT CHOCOLATE:

  1. In the microwave
  2. In the double boiler
  3. Using electric pressure cooker like Instant Pot

Double Broiler Method

This is the traditional method of melting chocolate. Bring one inch of water to a simmer in a small pot. Set the heatproof bowl over the mouth of the pot. Add chocolate in the bowl. Stir chocolate as it softens. When you have just a few small un-melted chunks, remove bowl from heat and stir to melt the rest of the chocolate.  Use immediately.

Microwave Method to Melt Chocolate :

Put the chocolate chunks in microwave safe bowl. Put the bowl in microwave.  Using 30 second intervals,  heat the chocolate.  After every 30 seconds , take the bowl out and stir the chocolate well. You need about 2-3 minutes to get well melted chocolate.  Melted chocolate can burn easily so keep an eye out.

How to Melt Chocolate in Instant Pot

Add 2 cups of water in the inner pot of Instant Pot. Place a trivet in the main insert.  Place a bowl on top of the trivet. Add chocolate chunks to the bowl.

Turn ON Instant Pot on SAUTE mode (more). Once the water starts to boil, cancel SAUTE and press keep warm. Whisk until all the chocolate has melted, it will take around 4-5 minutes.

WHAT IS BEST MELTING CHOCOLATE?

You can use several different types of chocolates to make the bark. Use best quality chocolate for decadent and rich taste.

You can use melting chips, plain chocolate bars as well as baking chocolate chips used for baking. You can also use candy melts but they taste too sugary and not as rich as real chocolate.

WHY ADD COCONUT OIL IN MELTING CHOCOLATE

Adding a little bit of coconut oil helps chocolate chips melt smoothly. It also helps in evenly spreading the chocolate.  You also get a nice shiny glaze on top once the chocolate firms.

PRO TIPS

Use the BEST quality chocolate
Don’t crush peppermint candy to hard. You want bits and pieces and not fine powder.
Keep things ready before you melt chocolate since you have it spread it very quickly.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chocolate Chunks : Use your favorite – white chocolate, dark chocolate, semi sweet . You can use chocolate chips or bars .
  • Peppermint Candies : You can use candy cane or peppermint candies. I like Sterlight Mint variety.
  • Coconut Oil : Helps to easily melt chocolate and get nice shiny glaze on top.
  • Peppermint Extract : If you like intense peppermint flavor, add couple drops . You can skip it if it’s not easily available.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a cookie sheet with a parchment paper.
  2. Add the peppermint into a Ziploc bag. Using a small hammer or rolling pin, crush the mints to a course texture.
  3. Melt the chocolate using your preferred method. Stir in peppermint extract in the melted chocolate.
  4. Pour this melted chocolate mixture onto a parchment paper, and spread it in an even layer using a spatula. ( do it quickly)
  5. Sprinkle the crushed mints evenly onto the top of the layered melted chocolate, using a spatula, gently press down the mints so that it sticks to the chocolate.
  6. Set the baking sheet aside for an hour or until chocolate has completely set.
  7. Lift the set chocolate bark from the parchment paper. Break the chocolate bark into pieces as desired. You can break it randomly or into patterns.
  8. Store it in an air-tight container refrigerated.

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An assortment of dark, white and layered chocolate bark along with Christmas decorations.

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Yield: 10-12 big pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Need a fancy looking homemade gift this Holiday Season? This 4 ingredients Chocolate Peppermint Bark can be made in just 10 minutes. This delicious chocolate recipe is everyone's favorite.

Instructions

Line a cookie sheet with a parchment paper.

Add the peppermint candy into a Ziploc bag. Using a small hammer or rolling pin, crush the mints to a course texture. ( do NOT make fine powder)

Pour chocolate chunks in the glass bowl. Add the coconut oil on chocolate chunks. Melt the chocolate using your preferred method. ( 3 easy methods are listed below in notes) Stir in peppermint extract in the melted chocolate.

Pour this melted chocolate mixture onto a parchment paper, and spread it in an even layer using a spatula. ( do it quickly)

Sprinkle the crushed mints evenly onto the top of the layered melted chocolate, using a spatula, gently press down the mints so that it sticks to the chocolate.

Set the baking sheet aside for an hour or until chocolate has completely set.

Lift the set chocolate bark from the parchment paper. Break the chocolate bark into pieces as desired. You can break it randomly or into patterns.

Store it in an air-tight container refrigerated.

Notes

Double Broiler Method to melt Chcolate

This is the traditional method of melting chocolate. Bring one inch of water to a simmer in a small pot. Set the heatproof bowl over the mouth of the pot. Add chocolate in 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 of the chocolate.  Use immediately.

Microwave Method to Melt Chocolate :

Put the chocolate chunks in microwave safe bowl. Put the bowl in microwave.  Using 30 second intervals,  heat the chocolate.  After every 30 seconds , take the bowl out and stir the chocolate well. You need about 2-3 minutes to get well melted chocolate.  Melted chocolate can burn easily so keep an eye out.

How to Melt Chocolate in Instant Pot

Add 2 cups of water in the inner pot of Instant Pot. Place a trivet in the main insert.  Place a bowl on top of the trivet. Add chocolate chunks to the bowl.

Turn ON Instant Pot on SAUTE mode (more). Once the water starts to boil, cancel SAUTE and press keep warm. Whisk until all the chocolate has melted, it will take around 4-5 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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