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DIY Peppermint Bark That Doesn’t Cost $30 a Tin

But it still tastes like it does.

Published Dec. 2, 2022.

The holiday season is upon us, and with it come criminally overpriced holiday sweets and treats—from salted caramels and assorted chocolates to truffles and pecan turtles. 

But nothing compares to the way fancy food shops treat the treat at the top of the holiday candy food chain: peppermint bark. 

The minty, chocolaty favorite can cost upward of $30 (!). 

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10 ingredients. 45 minutes. Quick, easy, and fresh weeknight recipes.

We’re here to tell you that you only need to spend a few bucks to enjoy (or gift) the season’s most delicious treat—and it’ll taste even better and fresher than the store’s version. Just make ATK Kids’ Peppermint Bark recipe from My First Cookbook.

All you’ll need for our recipe is semisweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and peppermint candies or candy canes. And if you’re making it with little ones, they’ll have a blast melting and layering chocolate and creating that satisfying signature swirl that usually costs an arm and a leg.


My First Cookbook

Fun recipes to cook together . . . with as much mixing, rolling, scrunching, and squishing as possible!

But the kid fun doesn’t end there. They’ll get to use a rolling pin to smash those peppermint candies to teeny bits. (Unless you have a little pent-up holiday stress, in which case we recommend doing that step yourself.)

This peppermint bark is great for nibbling on at home, but it also makes for a sweet edible gift. Sure, it doesn’t come in a fancy-schmancy tin, but it can be easily wrapped up in cellophane. Or, let kids decorate their own container for a fully kid-made present they’ll be proud to give to friends and family this holiday season. (Just remind bark recipients that it’ll keep in the fridge for up to three days—if it lasts that long.)

Peppermint Bark

Pretty peppermint bark makes a sweet, swirly treat—and a tasty gift.
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