DIY Peppermint Bark Recipe: Quick & Frugal Gift Idea!

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It’s that time of year again! The kids and I make this every year, it’s hit among our friends and family.  They seem to be in awe over the flavor every year they think we spent hours over the stove creating this delicious treat.  The truth is it takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and with around $5 out of pocket you can have gifts for at least 5 people!

Ingredients and tools…

  1. (2) 10 oz packages of White Chocolate Chips
  2. 1 Package of  Candy Canes (18 canes) = 1 Cup Crushed
  3. Wax Paper
  4. Double Boiler (or a make shift one explained below…)
  5. Cookie Sheet

First things first, enlist your kids if you have any to unwrap the candy canes for you.  Then place them in a ziploc freezer bag (durable sealed bag) and pound away until the candy canes are crushed (not the little kids).  Some powder is fine, but you want some small chunks left too.  This year is my first year owning a food processor, so it was quite the treat to be able to use that instead of pounding.  It took just a few seconds and the candy canes were perfectly crushed.

Now if you do not have a double boiler (is that a normal kitchen tool?) you can place a glass or metal bowl over a pot of bowling water.  You’ll want to add a butter knife or something similar just under the bowl so the steam can escape.  That’s it !

Pour the 2 packages (10 oz each) of white chocolate chips into the bowl and begin stirring.  Don’t let it sit or the chocolate chips could burn.  As soon as it’s all melted, remove it from on top of the pan.  Add 1 cup of crushed candy canes and stir well.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and place the contents of your bowl into a ball on top.  Place another piece of wax paper over the top and roll it out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4 thick.  Leave the wax paper in place and stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes or the freezer for 10.

After the candy has hardended, remove it and begin the breaking it into pieces as you would peanut brittle.  That’s it, you’re done!  We plan to dip some of ours into another bath 1/2 way of dark chocolate.  Double the tasty treat!   This recipe almost fully lined one of my oversized 14″ x 18″ cookie sheets.


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  1. Rebecca Pope via Facebook says:

    Great recipe! We will be making this!

  2. I just found a few mason jars too, they look SO cute stacked up inside.

  3. Love this gift! I’ve been making and delivering this for several years now and everyone loves getting it! We do a dark choc/peppermint bark. A head’s up, if you buy the Almond Bark (I find it at Walmart) white chocolate, you can microwave it and skip the double-boiling. I also add 1 tsp of peppermint extract for extra umph. Who doesn’t love a little holiday bark???

  4. VIckie Jones says:

    We put crushed oreo’s into ours, makes it even better

  5. Rebecca Pope via Facebook says:

    Oh that would be SO cute with some red and white ribbon tied around the top with a Christmas tag!

  6. Bonnie Bennett Burns via Facebook says:

    I love making peppermint bark at christmas! I make it with one bag of semi sweet chocolate chips, melted, spread over a baking sheet and allowed to cool, then top with one bag of white chocolate, then top with crushed candy canes. just another variation… but i like your idea of mixing the candy canes in the melted chocalate before spreading and i might do that next time i make it. :)

  7. Add some peppermint extract it makes it even better. I have done this for years

  8. Sindy Anderson says:

    You can also take some semi-sweet chocolate and drizzle it over the white chocolate and then take a toothpick and swirl the dark chocolate in. It gives it a marbled effect. Very pretty.

  9. Nina Dyba via Facebook says:

    Made it for the first time this weekend with our annual cookies for the neighbors…it was yummy and fun to make!

  10. Kellie Crispin Frost via Facebook says:

    We’ve made this every year! Love it! We also make ‘white trash’ chex,peanuts, cheerios, pretzel sticks, and m n ms…mixed with white chocolate…so good!!

  11. I want to make this for the neighbors and I definitely don’t have a double boiler so thanks for providing an alternative!

  12. Another alternative to the double broiler is to put the bag of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for one minute, stir, and microwave for 30 second intervals -stirring in between – until smooth. We always leave some peppermint chunks and sprinkle them on the top after mixing some into the white chocolate. Mmmmmm.

  13. Kacie Marquez via Facebook says:

    I can’t wait to make this.

  14. Kacie, it really is super easy, delicious, and fun to make!

  15. Eve Gallegos via Facebook says:

    Made some tonight- delicious! (and easy)

  16. Thanks for the recipe we are going to try and make this tonight it looks really good.

  17. Brianne Grant via Facebook says:

    I made it! Delicious! Have you had any success with regular chocolate? I tried milk chocolate chips for a 2nd batch, and it didn’t get completely hard…..

  18. Nikki Sortland via Facebook says:

    you might try the semi-sweet chips? or the chocolate bark blocks are made to do things like this better

  19. Made some this morning….. So easy! Thanks so much. I will definitely be making these for gifts next year along with some of the variations posted here. I love it!

  20. Laura Gordon says:

    We break up pretzels and ad them to it! Yummy!

  21. This recipe was a complete success with my fam/friends…they LOVED it…thanks Julia!

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