Vegan peppermint bark is a super quick and easy holiday dessert recipe! A layer of rich dark chocolate is flavored with peppermint extract, then topped with white chocolate and crushed candy canes. It’s made with only 4 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes. This simple holiday bark is no-bake, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. It’s perfect for Christmas, cookie boxes, and gifting!

a pile of chocolate vegan peppermint bark with candy canes

‘Tis the season for all things peppermint chocolate! I can’t get enough of this flavor combination during the holidays. Something about a rich chocolate and minty-sweet peppermint pairing makes my tastebuds sing. It’s a quintessential Christmas duo, if you ask me.

You may have already tried my Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Truffles, but I’ve never shared a chocolate bark with this duo before. Thankfully, that all changes today! This Vegan Peppermint Bark is truly one of the quickest and easiest holiday desserts. I know you will adore it.

Made with only 4 ingredients, this holiday bark starts with a thick layer of dark chocolate, creamy white chocolate, and crushed candy canes on top. It’s flavored with an essence of peppermint extract and textured with sticky candy cane pieces. From start to finish, you just need 15 minutes to make it.

I must warn you – this stuff is dangerously addictive. Therefore, I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe. Otherwise, you’ll likely remake it a few times anyway. It makes a perfect addition to holiday cookie boxes or for gifting to family, friends, coworkers, and teachers!

PS: If you love homemade chocolate bark, you’ll also want to try my Cookies and Cream Bark and Rocky Road Chocolate Bark.

This chocolate peppermint bark is:

  • Vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free
  • Rich, creamy, sweet, and minty
  • Made with only 4 ingredients
  • A quick and easy no-bake dessert
  • Topped with sticky-sweet crushed candy canes
  • A delicious holiday bark recipe for Christmas!
pieces of vegan peppermint bark with candy canes on white parchment paper

What is peppermint bark made of?

  • Dark chocolate chips: Use your favorite brand of dark chocolate chips. If you are vegan, make sure they are dairy-free. I love the Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips. Alternatively, if you enjoy milk chocolate more, you can use that instead.
  • White chocolate chips: Again, use your favorite vegan white chocolate chips. I really enjoy the King David White Chocolate Chips. White chocolate can be finicky when melted. Make sure you don’t add any oil or water to it, as that will cause it to seize.
  • Peppermint extract: Be sure to use pure peppermint extract, not peppermint oil or peppermint flavoring. It is very strong, so only use 1/2 tsp maximum. If you aren’t a huge fan of mint chocolate, feel free to omit it completely.
  • Candy canes: Unwrap and crush candy canes yourself, or buy pre-crushed ones. If you can’t find them, peppermint candy works well too.
bowls of ingredients for vegan peppermint bark

How to make vegan peppermint bark

For the full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

First, line a 9×9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some of the paper hanging over the edges.

Next, in a microwave-safe bowl, add dark chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted through. Stir in the peppermint extract.

melted vegan dark chocolate in a square baking dish
Pour melted dark chocolate into the baking dish. Spread across the base of the dish. Chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to set.
melted vegan white chocolate in a square baking dish
In another bowl, add white chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Pour white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer and spread.
melted vegan white chocolate in a square baking dish with crushed candy canes on top
Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Place back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
a pile of vegan peppermint bark with candy canes
Remove bark from the refrigerator. Using clean hands or a knife, break into pieces. Enjoy!

Other ways to decorate holiday chocolate bark

Not a huge fan of peppermint? No worries! Feel free to customize this Christmas bark to your own preferences. One option is to remove the peppermint extract from the dark chocolate layer. This will make the bark sweeter and less minty.

Additionally, you can use other toppings instead of candy canes. Try it with one of the ideas below.

  • Crushed Oreo cookies
  • Holiday sprinkles
  • Crushed gingerbread cookies
  • Holiday M&Ms
  • Dried cranberries
  • Roasted almonds
  • Candied pecans
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Salted pistachios
  • Freeze-dried berries
a stack of chocolate vegan peppermint bark with candy canes

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Which candy canes are vegan?

Most candy canes are naturally vegan, so it should be pretty easy to find them at any grocery store. However, for a bit of a healthier option, I recommend using YumEarth Organic Candy Canes.

What is the best vegan white chocolate?

I enjoy using King David White Chocolate Chips. Other great options include Pascha Organic Vegan White Chocolate Chips, Dee Best Vegan White Flavored Chips, or Lieber’s Real White Chocolate Chips.

Is peppermint extract the same as peppermint oil?

No, they are two different things. Peppermint extract is a mixture of peppermint oil and alcohol. It is commonly used in food applications, such as desserts and baked goods. On the contrary, peppermint oil is a pure essential oil made from peppermint leaves. It is used for aromatherapy and topical purposes, such as aches and pain.

Is peppermint flavor the same as extract?

No. Peppermint flavor is typically artificial and contains another oil (like sunflower oil). It is sweeter and far less potent than peppermint extract.

How to store chocolate peppermint bark

Store peppermint bark inside a sealed container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 1 week. If you would like to save it longterm, freeze and enjoy within 3 months.

a stack of chocolate vegan peppermint bark with candy canes

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a pile of chocolate vegan peppermint bark with candy canes

Vegan Peppermint Bark

  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan peppermint bark recipe is a quick and easy holiday dessert! Rich dark chocolate is flavored with peppermint extract, then topped with creamy white chocolate and crushed candy canes. It’s no-bake, dairy-free, gluten-free, and made with 4 ingredients. Enjoy this holiday bark for Christmas, cookie boxes, gifting, and more!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Line a 9×9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some of the paper hanging over the edges.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add dark chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted through. Stir in the peppermint extract.
  3. Pour melted dark chocolate into the baking dish. Spread across the base of the dish. Chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to set.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the white chocolate is melted through.
  5. Pour white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer. Quickly spread to evenly coat the dark chocolate. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Place back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.
  6. Remove bark from the refrigerator. Using clean hands or a knife, break into pieces. Enjoy!

Notes

  • How to store: Store peppermint bark inside a sealed container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 1 week. If you would like to save it longterm, freeze and enjoy within 3 months.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 225
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g

Keywords: vegan peppermint bark, vegan candy cane bark, vegan holiday bark

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