We have made peppermint bark every year for as long as my kids can remember. Except the last few years, once we went paleo as a family. We didn’t love how pricey or the flavor of the GF/DF recipes we found.
But THESE – 4 ingredients, 15 minutes prep, no baking. Such an easy, simple, delicious holiday dessert! It also is a great one that doesn’t taste GF/DF and can easily be shared or taken to a party. I use the GF/DF Great Value brand chocolate and white chocolate chips for these, as they are very affordable ($3.68 per 10oz bag in my NorCal Walmart) and taste great.
This holiday classic needs to make an appearance in your holiday season!
4-Ingredient Peppermint Bark
- 10 ounces dairy-free semi sweet chocolate
- 10 ounces dairy-free white chocolate
- 2 teaspoons peppermint extract, divided
- 3 regular sized candy canes, crushed
In a small saucepan, melt the semi-sweet chocolate on low heat until melted and smooth. Be sure to stir constantly and watch closely to not burn! This should only take 3-4 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.
Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper. Pour in the melted semi-sweet chocolate and spread evenly. Put in the freezer and freeze for 15 minutes or until solid.
While semi-sweet chocolate layer is freezing, melt the white chocolate the same way you did the semi-sweet on a stove, stirring constantly and melting until smooth. Stir in the other teaspoon peppermint extract.
With a food processor or kitchen mallet, smash the candy canes into small pieces. We like still some larger chunks, so don't go too crazy here.
Remove semi-sweet chocolate layer from the freezer. Spread the melted white chocolate layer on top, smoothing until even and flat. Sprinkle the candy cane pieces into the melted white chocolate. Freeze for another 15 minutes.
Once solid, remove from freezer and break into pieces. Store in a sealed reusable bag or container on the counter for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Notes: You can also make this in a 9x9 pan if you prefer your bark thicker, we just found that to be a bit thick to bite through. Again, I use one bag each of the GF/DF Great Value semi-sweet and white chocolate chips from Walmart for this recipe, as it's the least expensive, but Nestle and some other brands also have options.
Want to level up your peppermint bark? Sprinkle not only with crushed candy canes but also crushed GF/DF Oreos (we use Glutino brand from Walmart) before freezing the white chocolate layer. I used about 1/3 cup and kept some of the chunks larger. Be sure to press the oreos down into the white chocolate layer to help them freeze into it. I also drizzled the top of this loaded bark with more chocolate, to help everything stick on. My boys loved it!