Peppermint mocha bark takes its cue from my standing order at Starbucks this month. It’s such an easy candy that makes everybody happy during the holidays, and is the perfect gift for the people you love.
Peppermint mocha bark is a classic peppermint bark with a background hint of coffee ~ it’s different, and delicious. The peppermint isn’t overwhelming, because I don’t add any mint flavoring to the chocolate. Since peppermint extract can be quite strong, I leave it out and let the crushed candy give the bark a gentler, less sharp flavor. It’s perfect!
what’s in this post
4 ingredients for peppermint mocha bark
- dark chocolate
- you can also use semi-sweet or milk chocolate, either in bar form, or chips.
- white chocolate
- use actual white chocolate in bar form, or use easy-melt white confectionary wafers or almond bark. White chocolate is pricer, and a little more finicky to melt, but will give you great flavor. The confectionary is an inexpensive user friendly option.
- powdered espresso or instant coffee
- Note: you want a fine powder here, not actual coffee grounds. I used Starbucks Via instant coffee.
- crushed peppermint
- you can buy this already crushed, or crush your own candy canes. Note: I prefer to use the ready-crushed candy because it does not get sticky, which can be a problem when you crush your own peppermint candy. My current go to is Andes Peppermint Crunch Chips.
peppermint bark is super simple to make
- Melt your dark chocolate layer and stir in instant coffee or espresso powder
- Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet
- Melt your white chocolate and stir in crushed peppermint
- Spread over the dark chocolate.
- Finish with more crushed peppermint
- Wait for it to harden and then cut into shards
pro tips for making peppermint bark
- I like to spread my chocolate layers quite thin because it makes the bark easier to eat. If the chocolate is too thick it will be unpleasantly hard to bite into once it hardens.
- If you’d like to slice your peppermint mocha bark into neater pieces, do it before the chocolate has completely hardened. Trim off the uneven ends, and use a large sharp knife.
peppermint bark faqs
It will last up to a month, either at cool room temperature, or in the refrigerator.
Yes, you can. Pop it in heavy duty freezer bags and push out any excess air before sealing.
The layers of chocolate can separate if you let the bottom layer completely set up before adding the top layer. To prevent this, add your white layer while the bottom layer is not completely set and still tacky. This helps the two layers bond together.
As written, the coffee flavor is just a hint, so quite subtle.
Yes, just leave it out and you’ll have a classic peppermint bark.
more pepper-minty treats!
- Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
- Peppermint Bark Pretzels
- Peppermint Melting Moments
- Mint Chocolate Pudding Pots
- Mint Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake
- Easy No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints
- Sweet Moroccan Mint Tea (Hot or Iced)
Peppermint Mocha Bark
- 10 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, either bar chocolate cut in pieces for easier melting, or chips
- 1 tsp espresso powder or instant coffee powder
- 10 ounces white chocolate, either bar chocolate, or white almond bark, cut in pieces for easier melting Note: I don't recommend white chocolate chips as they do not melt easily.
- 4 Tbsp crushed peppermint, amount is approximate, Buy Andes Crushed Peppermint here.
- Put the dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on full power for 60 seconds. Let the bowl sit for a minute, then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, let sit for a minute, and stir again. Let the heat of the bowl help melt the final bits of chocolate, while you stir.
- When the chocolate is completely melted, stir in the coffee powder.
- Scrape out the chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out into roughly an 8×10 rectangle.
- Melt the white chocolate as above. Note: if you are using actual white chocolate, the best method for melting will be gently in a double boiler. White confectionary or bark can be melted in the microwave.
- Stir half of the crushed peppermint into the white chocolate.
- Pour over the dark chocolate layer.
- Spread out gently over the entire surface. If you like, you can take a chopstick or blunt knife and swirl the two layers together.
- Sprinkle the rest of the peppermint over the top. Let harden completely before cutting into shards.