Double Layer Peppermint Bark

We’ve had a heck of a weekend! Both of our kids came down with some sort of respiratory illness (sneezing, coughing, fever), and my new computer crashed! Boooooooo…..

I hate computers with a passion. I don’t understand them, and feel so incompetent when it comes to repairing any glitches. I’m sitting at my husband’s laptop right now, and this thing is as sloooooooooooow as molasses.I feel like I did back in the days of dial-up. Not good.

I definitely deserved today’s post after all the mayhem!

Delicious, creamy, and refreshing peppermint bark! My absolute favorite holiday treat, with candy canes coming in a close second.

Those inventive kids over at Williams-Sonoma inspired this post….I just love this stuff!!


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4 T. cocoa butter

4 T. cocoa powder

pinch salt

2 t. honey or maple syrup

1/2 t. vanilla extract

1/2 t. mint extract

Melt the cocoa butter over low heat. Add the honey and stir to dissolve. Add the rest and whisk until everything is combined. Place wax paper in a small baking dish. Pour the chocolate layer in, and place it in the fridge to harden.


2 T. cocoa butter

3 T. coconut butter

pinch salt

2 t. honey or maple syrup

1/2 t. vanilla extract

1/2 t. mint extract

1 candy cane, crushed (preferably organic, minus corn syrup)

Melt the cocoa and coconut butters together over low heat. Stir in the honey until combined. Add the remaining and mix. Allow the mix to cool, and pour it over the hardened dark chocolate layer. Tilt the dish to evenly distribute this layer. Top with the crushed candy cane (I just put mine in a Ziploc bag and mashed it with the bottom of a glass).

Set the dish back into the freezer to harden. It will look similar to this…

…break it apart with your hands or a knife and enjoy a delicious, low sugar treat!

You could substitute coconut oil for the cocoa butter, but it won’t be nearly as good! The cocoa butter adds a chocolaty flavor, and it won’t melt it room temperature like chocolate made from coconut oil.

A good homemade chocolate recipe has always eluded me, but I’m now a firm believer that cocoa butter is the secret! I also love being able to control the amount of sugar. :-)

Have you ever made your own chocolate?

What is your favorite holiday treat?

Shared with: Make Your Own Monday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, 12 Days of Christmas Goodies, Allergy Free Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Gluten-Free Friday, The Pennywise Platter, Keep It Real Thursday, Natural Living Monday


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Comments: 29

  1. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm Reply

    This looks delicious! I love white chocolate.
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    • Lauren December 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Matt! :-)

  2. Kylie @ immaeatthat December 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply

    I’ve been looking for a dairy free peppermint bark recipe! Looks so good:) Thanks:)

    • Lauren December 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Kylie! Your blog name makes me laugh… :-)

  3. Lou (@fridgescrapings) December 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Cocoa butter is the BEST – so delicious. It’s definitely the key to amazing home made chocolate. Plus it’s a fabulous skin moisturiser (I make my deoderant from it too!)
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    • Lauren December 5, 2012 at 9:47 am Reply

      I am LOVING it as well! It’s the new coconut oil…hehe…

  4. Natalie @ freshlifefindings December 5, 2012 at 11:54 am Reply

    I love love peppermint bark! And I’ve never made a healthy version, I usually just stay away from it but now you’ve got me wanting to make some! Now to find cocoa butter :) Ps you should sell your baked goods, id buy :)
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    • Lauren December 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm Reply

      Haha, thanks girl!! You can find it on Amazon for pretty cheap (it’s no more expensive than coconut oil). It is definitely worth it! :-)

  5. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures December 9, 2012 at 10:04 am Reply

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)
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  6. Katie @Mexican Wildflower December 13, 2012 at 9:19 am Reply

    This looks amazing! I’m sharing it on my facebook page this morning. I was thinking just last week that I needed to make something similar to this. :) Thanks for sharing with Natural Living Monday. I hope you will join us again next week!
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    • Lauren December 13, 2012 at 9:21 am Reply

      Thank you Katie! I definitely will! :-)

  7. Devin @ Nom Yum & Free December 14, 2012 at 11:15 am Reply

    I love peppermint bark – recently made one with little more than a microwave.

    Your allergy friendly double-layer peppermint bark looks delicious!! And the white chocolate layer looks easier than I would have thought. Where do you buy your food grade cocoa butter? I would love to try your recipe.

    I just pinned this on my Allergy Friendly Christmas pintrest board!!
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    • Lauren December 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm Reply

      Thank you Devin! I buy my cocoa butter from a local health food store, but I’ve bought it online from iHerb as well. I’m not too particular about getting it raw (which is super pricey) so I just buy the regular cheap stuff. Thanks for the pin and the visit! :-)

  8. Mary December 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Hi! Im making this for Christmas and am wondering what to sub for coconut butter… Coconut oil, regular butter? Thanks for your help! It looks delicious!

    • Lauren December 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm Reply

      I believe regular butter would be your best option, although I haven’t tried it. Let me know how it works out if you do try it! :-)

  9. Stephanie Wilson December 19, 2012 at 11:40 am Reply

    I know I already commented on this one when you first posted it, but I just looked it up today because my husband is going to make it for me for Christmas!! Cannot wait to try it out!! Thanks again! :)
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    • Lauren December 19, 2012 at 11:47 am Reply

      Hahaha….WHAT?! Your husband cooks?!! Lucky girl…. :-) Let me know what you guys think!

  10. Karen December 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness! I made this peppermint bark last night, (I even made my own coconut butter!) and today I am trying to keep myself from eating the whole pan! It is delicious and I am a true William Sonoma peppermint bark addict! Seriously this recipe is much better! I even did the organic candy canes and they are the perfect topping! Thank you so much for inventing this wonderful recipe! <3 your blog too!
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    • Lauren December 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm Reply

      Oh, thank you so much Karen! You just made my day! :-)

  11. Nancy Olson January 4, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply

    Wow! I just love how it looks. I bet this is so delicious!

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • Lauren January 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm Reply

      Thank you Nancy! It really is scrumptious…I need to make it again! :-)

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  13. Marissa Seath November 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm Reply

    This looks amazing and its so easy to make. I’m dairy and gluten intolerant so finding this little gem has made my day. This is the perfect introduction to paleo eating for my family and friends. I cant wait to taste it once its sets from the fridge. Thanks

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  15. Kathy James December 6, 2013 at 11:19 am Reply

    This looks AWESOME! My 9 yr. old granddaughter found out last year, she’s allergic to Milk, Eggs, Wheat & Pork (of all things!) Anyway, I’ve been going nuts trying to find different candy/desert recipes so she can have “equal-opportunity-FUN” @ holidays, birthdays, parties, etc…. just like her friends have! Her Momma is working full-time & going back to school, & they live with me, so… I’m the designated “Head Cook!” This whole experience has really taught me about so many “different” ingredients, we usually don’t think of incorporating! We truly have to just “make lemonade” when “Life hands you Lemons!” Thanks sooooooooooo much for sharing with those of us who are “Culinarily Challenged!” (is that a word?) LOL ;-)

    • Lauren December 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Kathy! I hope you find some recipes here that she enjoys! :-)

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