Christmas and the holidays are all about the candy cane. Candy canes come in all sizes, colors, and flavors, but the peppermint one will always be a classic. If your household is anything like mine, we buy so many candy canes around the holidays, but never end up finishing them! We started to look for alternate uses for candy canes and making the peppermint bark is one of everyone’s favorites. Not only is the recipe simple to make, it tastes and looks a lot fancier than it actually is.
- 2 cups of dark or milk chocolate chips
- 2 cups of white chocolate chips
- 7-8 candy canes
Remove the wrappers from the candy canes and place the candy canes in a large ziplock baggie. With a rolling pin or bottom of a pan, crush the candy cane into small pieces.
Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl (separate the different types of chocolates). In a cookie sheet or baking pan, pour in the melted chocolate and flatten with a spreading knife. While the chocolate is still melted, create patterns in the chocolate by swirling together the different types of chocolate with a toothpick or a fork. Sprinkle on the chunks of candy cane on top. Put the candy cane bark into the refrigerator until it hardens.
Break or cut into smaller pieces to serve.
You can always create different layers of colors with the chocolate. Just be sure to put it in the refrigerator to harden between layers. For additional minty-ness, try it with mint chocolate chips!
This recipe is one of the quickest and yummiest out there. Please share with us below what your family does with leftover candy canes!