Peppermint Bark

Snowflake Peppermint Bark Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Beyond Christmas trees and lights, what screams Christmas more than candy canes? They’re a seasonal treat that traditionally are very festive in their colors and flavor. Ah, peppermint … delicious! I won’t get into all of the new candy cane varieties out there. None top the traditional red and white peppermint variety – none!

So what’s better than candy canes? Desserts that call for crushed candy canes or splashes of peppermint flavoring. Oh my. There are so many possibilities; cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, fudge and drinks. I’ve even seen breakfast items like pancakes and waffles.

In my search for new holiday items to try and share, I came across peppermint bark. It’s definitely festive so I asked the Mr if he has had it and liked it – the answer was YES! So I added it to my to do list for the season. The recipes I came across were a mix of just white chocolate or layered, meaning a split of a brown (dark, milk, semi sweet etc) chocolate and white chocolate. Some called for added peppermint flavor and others not. The one thing that was the same throughout was sprinklings of crushed candy canes or peppermint candies.

Snowflake Peppermint Bark Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Beyond the flavor and layers I was wondering just how people were getting such clean lines for their bark. Typically bark is made in a large sheet pan and then broken once hardened. While I was on Wilton’s site one night I came across a neat little package that included everything to make peppermint bark. But their twist is to make it within cookie cutters, specifically snowflake cutters. I couldn’t bring myself to spend $10 on the package plus shipping, especially when I already had chocolate at home. I only had a few snowflake cutters and went on a search for more. My luck, I didn’t find what I wanted but what I did find turned out better. I found a multi snowflake silicone mold. It’s really  meant for cupcakes, bread, muffins… that kind of stuff but I figured it was worth a shot. For those in the select few states that have a Christmas Tree Shop, that’s were I found my silicone mold… in case you’re wanting to recreate this design. Each cavity has the same pretty snowflake shape and a neat little pattern on the bottom that leaves an impression in your chocolate (or any other item you would bake or make with this).

It’s not the typical way to make bark but I think it’s so pretty and even more festive. I love snowflakes… that is of course until we have 3 or 4 feet of snow outside but that’s a complaint for another day, hopefully much much later this season. So when it comes to bark, you can go the traditional pan route or you can use cookie cutters or silicone molds. Obviously individual pieces will take slightly more time than a full sheet, but isn’t the end design worth it?

Snowflake Peppermint Bark Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Snowflake Peppermint Bark Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:

  • 8oz brown chocolate (your favorite)
  • 8oz white chocolate
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract, divided
  • candy canes or peppermint candies, crushed

Directions:

If making one sheet of bark, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Smooth out any wrinkles. Prepare candy canes by unwrapping and tossing in a plastic bag. Smash with a meat tenderizer, rolling pin or other heavy object. Don't pulverize the candies but do make sure any huge chunks are broken down. Over a bowl, transfer contents of plastic bag to a mesh strainer. Gently tape and shake the strainer. The purpose of this is to remove any candy cane dust, only leaving the chunks to be used for the bark.

In a heat safe bowl, add brown chocolate and half of the vegetable oil. I used candy melts because it's what I had on hand. Melt chocolate at 50% power in 30 second intervals. Stir well after each heating. When fully melted, stir in half of the peppermint extract. Pour milk chocolate (or whichever variety you've chosen) onto prepared pan and spread out evenly. Alternately, divide equally among molds or cookie cutters. I used a small cookie scoop to divide among my snowflake cavities. Sprinkle with a small amount of candy cane pieces, preferably some of the smaller pieces. Transfer to the fridge for 30-60 minutes or until fully set and hardened.

Repeat melting process with white chocolate: white chocolate plus 1 tsp vegetable oil in a heat safe bowl. Heat at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stiring well each time. Add the remaining 1/4 tsp peppermint extract, stir well. Pour over brown chocolate, or divide equally among molds or shapes. Tap tray or mold to spread chocolate out. Sprinkle with remaining candy cane pieces. Transfer to the fridge for an additional 30-60 minutes or until fully hardened.

Break sheet bark with a heavy object or carefully remove chocolate from molds. If using silicone molds, they should easily pop out or peel away. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

*Recipe note: I halved this recipe to make 6 small snowflakes. Following the full recipe for 1 full sheet of bark or 12 regular sized shapes.

Recipe adapted from: allrecipes

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144 Responses to “Peppermint Bark”

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    amanda @ fake ginger — November 23, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Fun! I’ve never thought to use molds for bark! So cute!

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — November 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Those look SO pretty! I love the idea of doing them in the molds! And I never even thought to do a split. It looks so pretty with both the brown and white together. I already had my Christmas cookie box ideas set, but I think I might be adding 1 more to the mix now.

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    tj — November 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Those are beautiful! :)

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    Ashley — November 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Wow, that looks absolutely fantastic! I love Peppermint bark

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    Good Karma Mama — November 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I love the idea of the snowflake shapes. I make pmt bark every year, but never thought to do it in molds.
    Awesome..

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    bunkycooks — November 25, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I adore these! What a perfect treat for the holidays. Peppermint Bark is so good. :)

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    DIane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} — November 27, 2010 at 2:30 am

    so pretty!

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    Simca — November 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I found a silicon snowflake mold here: http://www.meijer.com/s/wilton-6-cavity-mini-silicone-mold-snowflakes/_/R-142369?cmpid=prodads

    (I haven’t purchased it to try the recipe yet, though.)

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      Rachel — November 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks for the link! I bet craft stores and even Target or Walmart might have them as well – at least something similar anyway :)

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    Stacie — November 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Great idea! So cure! And, you can use the peppemint dust as a festive dimming sugar for holiday drinks. :)

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      Rachel — November 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      Good idea!

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    Julia — November 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    SOOOO cute!!!!! I totally need that mold to make these!

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    naomi — November 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Holy cuteness, Rachel. I freaking love this! What a great idea. They would make for some fab gifts!

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    Mei Teng — November 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Lovely peppermint bark. Makes a nice Christmas gift.

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    Dana Zia — November 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Very nice! Loved the ideas of the molds. Wonderful pictures. (Don’t you love it when they turn out so beautiful?) Have a great holidays.

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    foodwanderings — November 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Rachel, I think I mentioned on twitter & FB how much I love these. You are very talented my friend!! Shulie

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    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons — November 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    fan-freaking-tastic idea to use festive molds for the bark!!!! i cant wait to hunt down some good ones to use =)

    xoXOxo

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    Gali — December 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Lovely! The idea of using moulds is sure awesome.

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    Barbara Bakes — December 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    What a fabulous idea. It’s so festive and pretty.

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    Quyen - Kitchen Runway — December 5, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Your snowflake peppermint bark turned out so cute!!

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    stefanie — December 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    What did you mean by: ” Pour milk onto prepared pan and spread out evenly. Alternately, divide equally among molds or cookie cutters.” Did you mean milk chocolate? I didn’t see milk in the recipes.

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      Rachel — December 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      Yes, milk chocolate. Sorry for the confusion. I’ve updated the post.

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    Lora — December 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Wow. Super creative. Love this idea! Your peppermint bark came out gorgeous.

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    Cheryl Arkison — December 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Love the idea of using the molds. I make this every year too, but that is a great twist.

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    ButterYum — December 21, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Fabulous!!! I linked over from Once Upon a Plate. Excellent idea – can’t wait to give these a try!

    :)
    ButterYum

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    Summer — December 21, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I loveee using silicone molds for candy too and u have done so very beautifully!
    Love the name of ur blog as well as ur lovely goodies , nicee blog!
    Happy baking and happy hols!

    And would be so grateful if u could help me with the source of the silicone pan , i checked on amazon and didn find this one with pretty detailing!!
    Thannxx a ton!

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      Rachel — December 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      The store where I picked up my mold was Christmas Tree Shop – it’s primarily located in the northeast. Even the last time I went there, these particular molds were no longer available. This late in the season it might be hard to find a mold but you could certainly give your local craft store a try as well as Target and Walmart. Wilton carries a silicone snowflake mold but is no longer available online directly through them. Good luck!

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    Karen — October 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I just love this idea and I want to try them too! I did find the snowflake molds. How many molds would you use for one batch? I’m thinking of ither buying a set of 2 or 4. Thanks you soooo much!

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      Rachel — October 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      I believe the recipe I have listed is what was used for the 6 snowflakes shown. I wish I could remember for sure, but it’s been quite a while. It never hurts to have more molds though, especially if they’re cheap enough! :)

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    Antonietta — October 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

    So cute, can’t wait to try them.

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    jeanne — November 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Quick question about the chocolate. Did you use almond bark (chocolate and white) or can I just use chocolate chips?

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      Rachel — November 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

      I used candy melts (milk or dark chocolate and vanilla/white chocolate) from the craft store. They’ll give you better results than chocolate chips since the candy melts are meant for melting and using in molds etc.

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    Marelis — November 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Love love love this idea! I just purchased a mold on the cheap on ebay. I make peppermint bark every year, but this is cuter and more festive. Can’t wait to make them for friends/family. I’m sure it’ll be a hit! Thanks for sharing.

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    Paula {JustABiteDesserts.com} — November 17, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Hi, I know it’s been a while since you posted this, but I just came across your site recently. I’m curious why you have an addition of oil in your recipe? Most candy barks don’t call for this. Also, did you coat the molds before pouring in the chocolate to prevent sticking? Thanks for any tips!

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      Rachel — November 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      The majority of recipes I’ve come across call for oil in the recipe. The oil is used in place of tempering chocolate, so you still get the same shine and crispness to the chocolate. You do need to store it in the fridge however. If using silicone molds then no spraying should be necessary.

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    Jen — November 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

    My mother and I made these last night and they turned out so well. Thank you for sharing the idea and the tutorial. I cannot wait to make them as gifts for Christmas. They look so fancy.

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      Rachel — November 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      I’m so glad to hear you liked them! Thanks for coming back to let me know :)

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    Liz — November 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Amazing idea!!! I’ll be on the lookout for these silicone molds so I can make these beauties. Thanks for the inspiration~

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    Angela — November 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Great idea! Where did you get the mold?

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      Rachel — November 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I found the mold at a store called The Christmas Tree Shop. It’s primarily in the northeast. I’ve seen similar molds on ebay and amazon as well.

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    Joan — November 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    What a great idea to make the bark in and it is so pretty!

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    Karen @ Trilogy Edibles — November 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    OMG that is awesome! never would have thought of putting in silicon mold but now i do!

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    Michele @ Intrigue Design Studio — November 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I found the same mold on clearance a few years ago and got it “just in case” – at Target I think. I’ve tried a few different things in it but when I saw your images floating around I knew this is what it would be perfect for. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    christina @ ovenadventures — December 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    These are beautiful. I am totally going to try this technique out.

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    kelly — December 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Those look SO yummy! I definitely want to make some now!

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    Stephanie — December 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Do you happen to remember the brand of the mold you used? I am in love with the detailing on the milk side! I have heart molds from Ikea, but I’d like to save those for v-day…

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      Rachel — December 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

      It’s from a local/regional store called The Christmas Tree Shop. They only carried that mold last year unfortunately but I have seen the same and similar on eBay recently.

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    Amanda — December 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Found this recipe via Pinterest and made it today – awesome! For those of you who are Canadian and looking for the mold, you can find it at Bulk Barn. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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      Rachel — December 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks for the tip on where some may be able to find the mold! So glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by to let me know :)

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    Lauren M — December 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I’m making these tonight for an office party. I got my molds at Target (in the dollar section).

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      Rachel — December 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Fantastic!! :) I checked mine but only trees and gingerbread men here. Good to know they’re out there though.

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    Laura — December 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Wanted to make these as gifts… How far in advance can I make them until they go stale?

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      Rachel — December 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

      I’d say no more than a week to be safe but a few days before would be even better.

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    Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} — December 10, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Not only is it peppermint bark, but it is snowflake-shaped. PERFECT holiday treat!

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    Toni — December 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I found the molds at our Christmas Tree Shop last month (Nov 2011), and am excited to try this recipe! They look so festive!

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    Julie — December 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    This is super cute!

    I came across the post when I was looking for inspiration on what to do with my snowflake molds. Perfection!

    They turned out really well.

    I linked to you on my blog. Hope you don’t mind. I wanted to give credit where credit is due =)

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      Rachel — December 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it and that it turned out for you. Thanks for stopping by as well as linking back in your post :)

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    Dana — December 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Fantastic!! Used sucker molds from JoAnn Fabric store, minus the sticks. Worked perfectly :) Several people thought they were store bought! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us less than creative people!!

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    Andie — December 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Peppermint extract in melted white chocolate? I should have know a disaster was ahead, watery substances ruin white chocolate. We had an instant grainy, thick mess. Wish I could have my $10 dollars back for ingredients. Bah, humbug!

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      Rachel — December 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      I’m sorry you had issues with the recipe. I’ve made this numerous times without issue, as have plenty others. I think you may find that a good portion of recipes for peppermint bark call for adding peppermint flavoring to the chocolate.

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    Courtney — December 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I made this today and it was super easy. A nice treat for the neighbors and my kids’ teachers.

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      Rachel — December 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Yay! Glad it worked out for you. If you have a picture of them feel free to share it on my Facebook page and I’ll add it to the ‘my recipes your kitchen’ album. :)

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