Three Layer Holiday Peppermint Bark

adapted from Bon Appetit December 1998


16 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped (make sure it has “cocoa butter” in the ingredients!)
30 hard peppermint candies, crushed
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, (at least 60%), finely chopped
6 T. heavy cream
¾ t. peppermint extract


1. Line a 9×13 baking pan or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.

2. In a double-boiler, or heatproof bowl set on top of a bowl of simmering water, add the white chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Remove chocolate from the heat.

3. Pour 2/3 of the chocolate onto the aluminum foil and spread the chocolate to cover the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle this chocolate with ½ of the crushed candies. Place pan in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan combine bittersweet chocolate, cream and peppermint extract. Warm, stirring frequently, until chocolate and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool until it is room temperature.

5. Remove baking sheet from the fridge and spread the dark chocolate on top of the white chocolate and candies. Return pan to fridge and chill again for 25 minutes.

6. Finally, remove baking pan from fridge and reheat white chocolate. Spread on top of dark chocolate layer and sprinkle with remaining candy. Return to fridge and allow to chill for 30 minutes.

7. Once bark is completely chilled break into pieces as large or small as desire.

Storage/Packing Notes: It is really best to store this in a cool, dry place. I always wrap it in parchment paper before putting it in a gift tin. Also, don’t store it with other foods or they will absorb the peppermint flavor!

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This one of the best, and easiest, edible gifts to give. If you want to make this two-layer, simply omit step three.

Naptime Stopwatch

As you can see, making this takes about 45 minutes, because of the chilling involved, but a lot of that time is free time when you can do other things.

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Everyone I have ever given this to raves about it. In fact, some years I give the recipe along with the gift!

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