Peppermint Mocha Bark

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.

a stack of peppermint mocha bark

peppermint mocha bark

This 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!

peppermint mocha bark cut into shards

the 4 ingredients you’ll need

  • dark chocolate ~ you can use dark or semi-sweet, 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.
  • 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.
ingredients for peppermint bark

peppermint bark is super simple to make

  1. melt your dark chocolate layer and stir in instant coffee or espresso powder
  2. spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet
  3. melt your white chocolate and stir in crushed peppermint
  4. spread over the dark chocolate.
  5. finish with more crushed peppermint
  6. wait for it to harden and then cut into shards
a slab of peppermint bark

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.
  • If you’d like to slice your bark into neater pieces, do it before the chocolate has completely hardened. Trim off the uneven ends, and use a large sharp knife.
mixing peppermint into white chocolate

peppermint bark faqs

How long will peppermint bark last?

It will last up to a month, either at cool room temperature, or in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze peppermint bark?

Yes, you can. Pop it in heavy duty freezer bags and push out any excess air before sealing.

Why do the layers of my peppermint bark separate?

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.

How strong is the coffee flavor in this bark?

As written, the coffee flavor is just a hint, so quite subtle.

Can I leave out the coffee?

Yes, just leave it out and you’ll have a classic peppermint bark.

a stack of peppermint mocha bark

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Peppermint Mocha Bark

Peppermint mocha bark takes its cue from my favorite holiday coffee ~ this easy chocolate candy makes the perfect gift for the people you love!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Calories 201kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • 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.
    dark chocolate chips in a bowl
  • When the chocolate is completely melted, stir in the coffee powder.
    dark chocolate melted in a bowl
  • Scrape out the chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out into roughly an 8×10 rectangle.
    spreading chocolate out on a baking sheet
  • 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.
    white confectionary in a bowl
  • Stir half of the crushed peppermint into the white chocolate.
    mixing peppermint into white chocolate
  • Pour over the dark chocolate layer.
    spreading white chocolate over dark
  • Spread out gently over the entire surface. If you like, you can take a chopstick or blunt knife and swirl the two layers together.
    making peppermint mocha bark
  • Sprinkle the rest of the peppermint over the top. Let harden completely before cutting into shards.
    peppermint moca bark cut into shards


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    December 24, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Sue do you chill the dark chocolate layer before adding white chocolate layer?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 24, 2021 at 5:30 am

      No, if you chill it the layers tend to separate later on. I just add the white layer while the dark chocolate is still soft.

  • Reply
    Barbara Barfoot
    December 2, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Sue, you might try the small starlight peppermints rather than candy canes for your crushed peppermint.
    They are not so airy and don’t get sticky. I just put them in a Ziplock bag and whack until they are the
    consistency I want, very small, but not powdery.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 2, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks so much Barbara, I’ll check them out.

  • Reply
    December 1, 2021 at 7:24 am

    What do you use for the crushed peppermint? Would Candy Canes work, or peppermint round candies that you buy in a bag? Approx how many did you use? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 1, 2021 at 10:12 am

      For this recipe I bought a bag of crushed peppermint, which you can usually find in the baking aisle. You can crush candy canes or peppermint candies if you like. I’m not sure exactly how many you’d need, but you can pretty much eyeball it. Maybe 2 candy canes or a handful of smaller candies.

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