Homemade Peppermint Bark

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Have you ever made homemade peppermint bark? It requires only 4 ingredients and takes less than an hour, start to finish! It’s super simple to make and is gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free, as well as sugar free friendly! You can get creative with the toppings and include things like chopped nuts, pretzels, or other candies if you like. If you’re looking for a super simple and tasty holiday treat to share with others, I highly recommend this peppermint bark!

How long does peppermint bark last?

Homemade peppermint bark will last for several weeks. You can store it in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge. If you store it in the fridge, I recommend letting it sit out for awhile before serving it (or else the chocolate gets a little bit hard!).

What ingredients do I need to make peppermint bark?

You’ll need just 4 simple ingredients to make peppermint bark. They are:

  • dark chocolate (I use dairy free)
  • white chocolate (I use dairy free)
  • peppermint extract
  • candy canes/peppermint candy
How do I make peppermint bark allergy friendly?

To ensure the peppermint bark is allergy friendly, I highly recommend using Enjoy Life dairy free white and dark chocolate. Their products are free from 14 common allergens, including gluten, dairy, nuts, and soy!

How do I make the peppermint bark sugar free?

If you want to make sugar free peppermint bark, you’ll want to use sugar free dark and white chocolate. Lily’s Sweets has delicious sugar free dark and white chocolate. You’ll also need to get sugar free candy canes or peppermint candy, which you can find online and in some stores!

peppermint bark straight on shot
Where can I find other dairy free chocolate?

Pascha offers delicious dairy free white and dark chocolate. Hu Kitchen offers dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips that are sweetened with dates (and really good). If you want to try Hu Kitchen chocolate chips, use my code bigleybasics for 15% off.

How do I melt the chocolate?

You can melt the dark and white chocolate in the microwave or using the double boiler method. If you melt the chocolate in the microwave, it will help to add a little bit of coconut oil (or vegan butter) to the chocolate chips to help it melt smoothly (about 1-3 tsp). This isn’t necessary, but it will help to thin the chocolate and allow it to melt more smoothly.

Love the chocolate peppermint combination?

Try some of my other delicious chocolate peppermint recipes below!

Ready to make homemade peppermint bark? The full recipe is below!

Homemade Peppermint Bark

Servings 25
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 12 oz dark chocolate
  • 12 oz white chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2-3 regular sized candy canes, crushed


  • Add the dark chocolate to a microwave safe glass bowl and heat until the chocolate is melted, stirring frequently so the chocolate doesn't burn. You can also melt the chocolate using the double boiler method. Once the dark chocolate is melted, stir in ½ tsp peppermint extract and mix well.
  • Next, line a small baking tray with parchment paper. Pour the melted dark chocolate onto the parchment paper and spread the chocolate out with a spatula to form a rectangular shape. You can make the dark chocolate layer as thin or as thick as you want.
  • Place the tray in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Once the dark chocolate has hardened, remove it from the fridge.
  • Melt the white chocolate using the same method as the dark chocolate. Once the white chocolate is melted, pour it over the hardened dark chocolate.
  • Carefully spread the white chocolate out with a spatula to cover the entire dark chocolate layer. Top the white chocolate immediately with crushed candy canes and place the tray back in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes to allow the white chocolate to harden.
  • Once the white chocolate has hardened, remove the peppermint bark from the fridge and break or slice it into pieces (you might need to let the peppermint bark sit out and soften for a little bit before breaking/slicing it).
  • Store the peppermint bark in a sealed container on the counter for 2 weeks or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.



If the chocolate isn’t melting well, add a little bit of coconut oil or vegan butter to it to help it melt more smoothly. I recommend adding between 1-3 tsp.
Course: Dessert
Diet: Sugar Free Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Keto Friendly, Refined Sugar Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Paleo
Keyword: Homemade Peppermint Bark, Peppermint Bark Recipe, Sugar Free Christmas Candy, Sugar Free Peppermint Bark, Vegan Peppermint Bark Recipe

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