Minty Oreos, marshmallows, and M&Ms embedded in peppermint-speckled white chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate! Don’t forget the sprinkles!
If the fact that Christmas is only SIX (flippin’) DAYS away has you stressed out of your mind with everything you still need to get done, then I’ve got the perfect treat to solve ALLLLLLL of your problems.
Behold, the Loaded Peppermint Bark.
Now you might be asking how in the world this bark could solve any of your problems. I mean, it can’t possibly drive out to the insane zoo of a mall to buy all of those last-minute gifts for you. Nor can it plan, cook, and prepare a glorious feast for the 30 to 40 dysfunctional family members that will be inhabiting your pristinely-decorated home.
Wellllll….just hear me out.
If you need an extra treat to serve your guests, this Loaded Peppermint Bark is insanely easy to make. I pinky promise!!! No baking! No cooking! It literally takes minutes to prepare, and it can also be made way ahead of time.
I should also mention that this bark only requires six ingredients.
Six! Count em’!
Most of which are items that I’m sure you already have in your pantry. The only ingredient you might not have on hand is the peppermint/candy cane white chocolate. Out of convenience, I ended up using what I already had which was a mix of two different kinds–Wilton’s candy cane candy melts (found at Michaels) and Hershey’s candy cane white chocolate bars (found at Target). You can use one or the other. If you can’t find either in your area, just add some crushed candy canes to some melted white chocolate. There really is no science to making chocolate bark, so don’t stress about using the exact ingredients that I used. The last thing we want to do is add more stress boogers to your plate. Gross…
Speaking of stress, here’s an interesting little tidbit. It has been scientifically proven that the scent of peppermint has the power to reduce stress and boost your energy while also making you feel happier and more invigorated. Now guys, if that isn’t a good enough reason to make this chocolate bark, I don’t know what is.
Here’s another idea! If you’re a little short (or forgetful) on holiday gifts, this bark makes an excellent gift. I mean, who doesn’t love white chocolate, peppermint, Oreos, marshmallows, M&Ms, and sprinkles?? Trust me, I’m sure your friends would appreciate it way more than a re-gifted candle, or that natural-organic-gluten-free-pesticide-free bath soap you “never” used.
This stuff is so addictive, I wanted to call it “Christmas Crack”, but I think Santa’s elves claimed that title for the pixy sticks they snort to get them through toy-making season.
As a little Christmas gift from me to all of you wonderful readers, here’s my very first recipe video to show you just how easy and STRESS-FREE this Loaded Peppermint Bark is to make! Enjoy!
Happy Holidays, y’all!!!
Loaded Peppermint Bark
1 (15.25 oz) package mint Oreos, divided
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup mini Christmas M&Ms, divided
24 ounces peppermint white chocolate*
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
Line a baking sheet with wax paper; set aside.
Coarsely chop or break the Oreos into pieces. Scatter all of the marshmallows, most of the broken Oreos, and half of the M&Ms evenly over the lined baking sheet.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat the peppermint white chocolate in the microwave for one minute. Remove, stir, then reheat in 30 second intervals until chocolate can be stirred smooth.
Pour melted white chocolate evenly over the dry ingredients on the baking sheet. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate over every piece, trying your best to make sure that everything adheres to the chocolate.
Immediately top with the remaining broken Oreos and M&Ms.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave until smooth. Drizzle chocolate evenly over the bark, then top with the sprinkles. Chill bark in the refrigerator until chocolate sets before breaking into pieces and serving.
*I used a combination of Hershey’s Candy Cane white chocolate bars and Wilton’s Candy Cane candy melts.
*Bark will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the fridge for 1 month, or in the freezer for 6 months.