Peppermint Candy Bark

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Oh my, it’s week 8 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, and I’m starting to get a little nervous. Not about the cookie and sweets-baking, though. That’s fun and actually stress relieving. It’s the fact that Christmas is just around the corner that’s freaking. me. out.

The idea that another year has come and almost gone makes me a little sad.  So many “firsts” from the Doodlebug–and right now we’re in the “I can do it MYSELF!” stage.  Which is great and wonderful and awesome, but I also wonder how much longer I’ll be “needed” around this joint.  Sooner or later, I’m going to be thrown over for the neighborhood kids and I’ll end up being nothing more than a laundry service and a chef.  So I’m holding on with both hands and smothering him with kissies for as long as he’ll allow it.

But this year, we’re also in the magical stage.  The stage where I can say “Santa is watching” and tantrums immediately come to a halt.  The stage where we mention Christmas Eve and he explains how children MUST be asleep in order for Santa to make a trip down the chimney.  The stage where he still believes in the merriment and wonder of the holiday season.  And I do, too, because I can live it through him.

Totally awesome.

So I’m really enjoying the baking and cooking and generally going nuts with my holiday preparation.  Even if you don’t have kids, now is the time to start doing some early preparation for the season–get some of those goodies made and stick them in your freezer to have at the ready for your holiday parties or hostess gifts.

Peppermint Bark Collage

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Recipe type: dessert
  • 2 cups Rice Krispy cereal
  • 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 16 ounces white chocolate
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • crushed peppermints
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt your bittersweet chocolate. Stir in your cereal, then spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Next, melt your white chocolate. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour over chocolate-covered cereal.
  3. Top with crushed peppermints.
  4. Cut and enjoy!

If you missed them, check out my previous weeks’ goodies!

{Week 6} Mint Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache
{Week 5} Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

And while you’re at it, check out all of the other wonderful yummies from this week’s participants.  You’re sure to find at least one thing to make for your holiday parties!


  1. sue

    that looks so good, I really should try making bark one of these days. And the kids that still believe in Santa really are great, so easy to distract.

  2. Shirley

    This looks fabulous! And easy enough that even I can do that! What kind of peppermints did you use? They look sooooo red and soooo green.

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      I used a peppermint candy mix I found at my local cake supply store. I thought they gave the bark a little extra color-burst, rather than using the standard red and white candies.

  3. kita

    Its going to be a big year for peppermint (at least in my house!). Im loving all the peppermint recipes up already!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      I really loved the addition of the cereal in these for a little extra crunch. Also, I’m thinking cereal = breakfast?!?!? 🙂

  4. Amilia @justeverydayme

    This looks great! I’ve never made bark before but I want to this year for my Christmas baking!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      I love holiday bark! It’s quick and easy, and always a hit at the holiday parties (or just when sneaking it for yourself, like I do!).

  5. Tracy

    They look so festive and delicious! 🙂

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Delicious! I love peppermint bark, and I love how you used rice krispies in it. And I know what you mean, my little one will be 7 in a few months…I can’t believe another year has gone by!

  7. Laurie

    That looks so festive!

  8. Mom

    I can’t wait to try this. It looks fabulous!!!!!

  9. Trisha

    These look so amazingly festive!

  10. Tracy

    I love the look of these, so pretty!!

  11. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Sounds like such a fun age. They really do grow up too fast. The bark is a perfect addition to Christmas cookies.

  12. LeAnn

    I was surprised to find that these were made with Rice Krispies. My daughter, who is gluten free, is coming home for Christmas from college and I know she would love these! Thanks for sharing them. Fun!

  13. Eleanor@Eatinglikeahorse

    Bless your son; it’s so lovely to have a child who’s at the right age to get excited about Christmas! My nephew’ six and it’s great having him around and buying for him 🙂
    These look great; I love the idea of adding the cereal for a bit of crunch.



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