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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a sweet and refreshing holiday treat. This easy no-bake dessert recipe combines the rich creaminess of white chocolate with the cool and invigorating flavor of peppermint and adds a tangy twist of flavor with the addition of yogurt. This recipe uses yogurt as a base, so it’s a healthier recipe than those bark recipes made from pure chocolate, plus it has a creamier texture without sacrificing any of the flavor.
Christmas recipes are some of my favorite things to make at home, especially if the kids can help. If you’re making a dessert try, you can add Gourmet Chocolate Bark, Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, and these easy Santa Cookies made with a cake mix.
What is a ‘bark’ dessert?
Typically, ‘bark’ in culinary terms refers to a type of sweet dessert or treat made by spreading melted chocolate or candy coating on a flat surface and then adding toppings such as nuts, dried fruits, cookies, or candy. The toppings are gently pressed into the melted chocolate and left to harden. Once it solidifies, it’s broken into irregular pieces resembling tree bark. This type of dessert is often made during holidays like Christmas and is sometimes referred to as “chocolate bark.”
What You’ll Love About this Recipe
- Sweet and creamy: The combination of smooth white chocolate and vanilla-flavored yogurt creates a heavenly, creamy texture that melts in your mouth.
- Refreshing peppermint flavor: Crushed candy canes add a refreshing peppermint flavor, and it’s perfect for the holidays.
- Easy to make: This is such an easy, no-bake recipe. No complicated techniques or fancy equipment are required!
How to Serve Chocolate Bark
Can you really just set your white chocolate bark on a plate and serve it? Yes! You absolutely can! Chocolate bark is always a welcome sweet, and it can easily be served alone on a plate. However, you can also place it on a dessert tray along with other yummy treats.
White chocolate peppermint bark is delicious broken up into small pieces and served on chocolate or vanilla ice cream, or served on the side of a cup of hot cocoa. It also makes a pretty garnish for cakes and cupcakes.
- Vanilla-flavored yogurt – You can use Greek yogurt for a creamier texture or opt for dairy-free yogurt for a vegan version.
- White chocolate chips – If you prefer a different flavor, you can use milk or dark chocolate chips. For a vegan option, go for dairy-free white chocolate chips.
- Crushed candy canes – If candy canes aren’t available or you don’t feel like crushing them, try crushed peppermint candies. You can sometimes find these already crushed around the holidays in the baking aisle.
How to Make
STEP ONE: Prep the pan. Place parchment paper on a rimmed cookie sheet.
STEP TWO: Melt the chocolate. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly.
STEP THREE: Make the chocolate bark. Evenly spread a thick layer of vanilla yogurt onto the baking sheet. Place dollops of melted white chocolate on top of the yogurt. Use a knife to gently swirl the chocolate into the yogurt. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
STEP FOUR: Freeze. Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.
STEP FIVE: Serve. Break apart the bark with your hands and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Tips and Recipe Notes
- Be careful not to spread the yogurt and white chocolate beyond the edge of the parchment paper.
- When your white chocolate is almost melted fully, just stir for some extra time and the remaining chocolate chips should melt fully. This will help keep the mixture from scalding in the microwave.
- After you sprinkle the crushed candy on top of the wet chocolate, press down very lightly on the larger pieces to make sure they stick.
- When you peel the chocolate bark away from the parchment, take a quick look at your pieces to make sure none of the parchment was left behind!
- If you want an extra pepperminty flavor, feel free to add a few drops of peppermint extract to the yogurt mixture.
It only takes about 15 minutes to make chocolate bark, but it also needs 3-4 hours to harden.
Yes, feel free to experiment with different yogurt flavors to customize the taste of your bark.
Yes, homemade yogurt works just as well as store-bought for making this recipe.
Yes, a drop of food coloring can be added to the yogurt mixture to give your bark a fun, colorful look!
How to Store
Because this chocolate bark contains yogurt, it needs to stay refrigerated. I like to keep this bark in the freezer, but you can also keep it in the fridge. Just keep in mind that if it’s refrigerated, it will ‘melt’ a bit faster because of the yogurt.
If you keep this bark on a dessert tray, put it out just before serving, and don’t let it sit out for more than 2 hours.
In the fridge, this bark should stay fresh for 2-3 days. In the freezer, you can store it for about 2 months, but it will taste best if you eat it within 2 weeks.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Absolutely! Having some prepped desserts in the freezer around the holidays is always a good idea. You can prepare this white chocolate peppermint bark ahead of time and store it in the freezer until you’re ready to serve it. It’s a great time-saver for busy days.
Can chocolate bark be made gluten-free?
Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free since none of the main ingredients contain gluten. However, always double-check the labels on the chocolate chips and candy canes to make sure they’re gluten-free if you have dietary restrictions.
More Dessert Recipes
- Vegan Cookie Dough
- Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake Minis
- Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
- Instant Pot Blueberry Cake
- Christmas Oreos
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe
- 2 cups vanilla-flavored yogurt
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- crushed candy canes
- Prep the pan. Place parchment paper on a rimmed cookie sheet.
- Melt the chocolate. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly.
- Make the chocolate bark. Evenly spread a thick layer of vanilla yogurt onto the baking sheet. Place dollops of the melted white chocolate on top of the yogurt. Use a knife to gently swirl the chocolate into the yogurt. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
- Freeze. Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.
- Serve. Break apart the bark with your hands and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.