peppermint reindeer bark {super easy recipe}

Chocolate bark is fun to make, plus it’s kind of a no-brainer: just melt some chocolate, spread it out, and top with anything that sounds yummy. The kids and I decided to make peppermint reindeer bark for Christmas, and it turned out pretty adorable. I’ll show you how easy it is to make in a quick video as well as share one of my favorite secrets for making sure your chocolate candies turn out perfect without resorting to adding shortening or using fake chocolate.

This is so cute! Chocolate peppermint reindeer bark is a fun Christmas treat that's super easy to make. My kids would love it!

Chocolate can be a little finicky to work with. That’s because once you melt chocolate, it loses it’s temper. That’s right, it gets angry. I would too if someone was trying to melt me. No, seriously, though, “tempered” chocolate is good because it: sets up quickly and doesn’t melt when you touch it, stays shiny and doesn’t get gray streaks, and has a good “snap” when you break off a piece. If you melt chocolate to make chocolate bark and don’t re-temper it, you’ll end up with a finished product that still tastes great, but is a little bendy, a little too easy to melt with your fingers, and possibly spotty or streaky. And we don’t want that.

This is so cute! Chocolate peppermint reindeer bark is a fun Christmas treat that's super easy to make. My kids would love it!

Now, the “real” way to temper chocolate involves heating it to a specific temperature, then letting it cool to another temperature, then “seeding” it with already tempered chocolate…and ya, I’m not nearly patient enough to do that. Don’t worry, there’s a “quick and dirty” method that works really well. If you want to melt an entire bag of milk chocolate chips (which is what you need for today’s recipe), set aside about 2 tablespoons of the chocolate chips. Pour all the rest of the chips into a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds. Then stir. Repeat one or two more times until the chips are completely melted. Then toss the 2 tablespoons of chips you kept out back in, and keep stirring until those chips are melted as well. Viola: tempered chocolate that won’t streak as it sets up and won’t melt on your fingertips when you eat it.

In addition to 1 bag of melted milk chocolate chips, you’ll need candy eyes, red m&ms, mini pretzel twists and 1 candy cane to make the peppermint reindeer bark. Crush the candy cane and cut up the pretzels to make antlers. (NOTE: Breaking the pretzels doesn’t really work – you need to cut them. I found the best way to do it is put a pretzel down on a cutting board, line up a knife on top of it, and kinda smack the back of the knife with your hand to get it to cut right through. You’ll end up destroying some pretzels, but hey, the kids will have fun doing it. And they might find out that it’s really easy to get them to break perfectly if you do it with your teeth, like mine did. Of course, then you probably better not give it away 🙂

This is so cute! Chocolate peppermint reindeer bark is a fun Christmas treat that's super easy to make. My kids would love it!

And watch this quick video to see how to put it all together:

Easy as can be, right? When it’s all done, just line a cute Christmas tin or box with wax paper and tuck the bark inside for a pretty DIY Christmas gift, or keep it on the counter for a fun holiday treat.

This is so cute! Chocolate peppermint reindeer bark is a fun Christmas treat that's super easy to make. My kids would love it!


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    kathy says

    Cutest thing ever, I’m going to make some. I loved the video as well, did you score the chocolate before breaking?

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    diane clifford says

    You are brilliant. These are adorable! But better, your advice on several points is world class. Many thanks.

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    Venetia Jones says

    I love these…… here’s an idea, however, for even quicker and cheaper Peppermint Reindeer…… instead of spending time making the ‘bark’, use After Eight Mint Chocolate or similar (lots of the ‘Pound’ shops do their version around this time). Have been looking at stocking fillers for the chaps in my life and think I’m going to make some of these (or my version) and pop them into a jam jar with a ‘festive’ bow on top…. (use a round Christmas gift tag or some Christmas wrapping paper to cover the lid). Thank you SO much for jilting my unusually sluggish Festive spirit in to drive! xxx Happy Christmas! x

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    Love love love this idea!! Using same concept on homemade almond toffee. Used nestle white chocolate chips for eyes turned upside down than a dab of black tubed cake gel for eyes. Will also be decorating my famous fudge this way this year.

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    Connie says

    Just made two batches and it was easy and fast. Purchased candy eyes in the baking section of my local grocery. Scored the chocolate & broke into pieces. Fun project.

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    Debbie Lalonde says

    Hi, do you think this would work with any kind of chips, ? I only have a cup of milk and 2/3 bag of semi sweet chips, My sister likes dark chocolate so may try them with that too…

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    Christine says

    Thank you for the instruction on tempering chocolate. The crucial info is perfectly clear, I appreciate your style!


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