If pumpkin spice is the official flavor of fall, then peppermint is the official flavor of winter. Nothing screams the holidays like candy canes, peppermint mochas, peppermint bark, and the delicious minty scented hand soaps!
Okay, maybe the last one is a bit of a stretch, but I am all about the peppermint flavors in December. My personal favorite has to be peppermint bark! I mean, mint and chocolate have always been a favorite of mine, from mint chocolate chip ice cream cones all the way to chocolate mint cookies!
Not only is this dessert incredibly festive, but it’s also super easy to make. At the bare minimum, you really only need three ingredients. White chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate (or dark chocolate, if you’re feeling bold), and candy canes! Easy-peezy!
If you want to really take these up a notch, I suggest adding a drop or two of peppermint extract to the white chocolate! If just adds a touch more peppermint flavor throughout that really rounds out the flavors some more. If you can’t find it, it can totally be made without it!
You can crush the candy canes in a food processor if you’re feeling fancy and don’t mind the extra dishes. Or you can just pop ’em in a plastic bag and crush them up with a rolling pin! Just be careful that the bag doesn’t pop!!
1 and 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1 and 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 candy canes, crushed
Sprinkle of flaky salt, optional
Begin by melting the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Be sure to stir every time so none of the chocolate burns. Once the chocolate is fully melted, pour the chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper. I use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate out to about the size of a piece of paper. Then place in the fridge to harden.
While the semi-sweet chocolate is hardening, begin to crush the candy canes. I like to place them in a plastic baggie and roll my rolling pin over them to get small little pieces. Then, melt the white chocolate, using the same method as the semi-sweet chocolate. Add in the peppermint extract and stir to combine. Gently pour the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate. Gently, take the offset spatula to push the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate. You want to work slightly quickly because you don’t want the white chocolate to warm up the bottom chocolate. That could cause the two chocolates to start spreading together instead of staying separate. Then sprinkle over the crushed candy cane and a few pinches of flaky salt. Gently press the candy cane into the white chocolate to make sure it sticks, then place it in the fridge.
When all the chocolate has hardened, you can begin to crack the bark into pieces. I find it easier to flip the bark over so the candy cane side is down and then crack the bottom. The candy cane pieces make it difficult to crack easily, so it works better to use the other side!
Ta-da! An easy, minty dessert that will have you coming back for piece after piece!
I absolutely love peppermint bark! It is one of my favorite desserts that I look forward to every holiday season. I love the mixture of both chocolate with the minty snap of the candy canes. This dessert really feels like the holidays in one delicious piece of chocolate!