Swirled Peppermint Bark

Swirled Peppermint Bark

I’m in the land of the stomach virus. Again.

If you read my blog with any regularity, you know that my children are constantly infecting me with diseases. I can’t seem to make them stop. And while I’ve grown reconciled to the common cold, I wish that stomach viruses could stop being the number one thing my kids transmit on a regular basis.

Who wants to spend two to three days in bed, hating food and moaning? I love food. And right now, it’s hard to write about it because I am once again diseased.

Swirled Peppermint Bark

The good news is, I tried this bark before the sickness hit. And as someone who isn’t too fond of anything with mint, I still ate a few pieces because it was just that good.

Swirled Peppermint Bark

Making swirled bark is easy and more importantly, super pretty. To make this, I melted chocolate chips and those Hershey candy cane kisses in separate bowls. I layered the two and gently swirled with a knife. I didn’t want to over-swirl.

Swirled Peppermint Bark

What resulted was this really pretty bark. It looks kind of like cherry, or berry, but it’s mint! And it’s perfect for those holiday gift bags or tins.

Swirled Peppermint Bark

To be super honest, I can’t write much more about food right now. Too painful, folks. I’m going to curl up in bed now and groan with my Netflix streaming. But for those of you who don’t have yucky infections, this bark is the perfect holiday treat!


Swirled Peppermint Bark


12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag candy cane-flavored Hershey's Kisses


  1. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Fill one microwave-safe bowl with the chocolate chips and the other with the candy cane Kisses.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Spread the melted chocolate evenly onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Microwave the candy cane Kisses for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir until smooth, but don't overdo it. Your goal is to still have some color variation in the candy cane layer.
  5. Pour the melted Kisses carefully over the melted chocolate. Spread it out evenly, but gently. Lightly swirl a knife through the layers to create a swirl, but again, don't overdo it.
  6. Refrigerate the bark for 30 minutes. When it's firm, either break into pieces with your hands or cut into diamonds or rectangles. Store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I hope you feel better, Mir! It’s no fun being sick, especially around the holidays. This bark looks delicious! I’m such a huge fan of anything with peppermint, so this is right up my alley. And I love how easy this is to make, too! I would definitely be snackin’ on this all day!
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    1. Mir

      I wish I could send it over, Gayle, because I am eating nothing right now! Oh well. It’s part of being a mom, I guess.

  2. Annie @ ciaochowbambina

    Oh my.. no fun! Well, hopefully it’s good consolation that you’ll have this delicious bark waiting for you when you’re better! Looks great! Feel better, Mir!!
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    1. Mir

      That’s true, Annie! Someday, I will want bark again. I’m hoping it’s soon!

  3. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    I am so sorry that you aren’t feeling good MIr!! The stomach flu is no fun. Last year on my birthday I and my two sons were sick with the stomach flu all night. ( One of the misfortunes of having my birthday in the dead of January!!) This peppermint bark looks amazing. And so simple. It’s perfect!! Get better soon!! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      What a terrible birthday, Renee! I hope you made up your birthday when you were all better. I like how we’re both on that peppermint wavelength today!

  4. Chichi

    Hope you feel better soon Mir.

    This peppermint bark though looks amazing. Could do with a bite or two
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Chichi! I wish I could share it with you, since I clearly can’t eat it right now!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    That’s my worst nightmare. I actually have fears about it hitting our house because I have too much work to do!! Ugh. This bark? OMG!!
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    1. Mir

      I know, right? Who can bake with a stomach virus? Occupational hazard, I guess, Dorothy!

  6. Manali @ CookWithManali

    The bark looks great Mir and so easy to make! 🙂 I hope you feel better soon…no fun being sick around the Holidays!
    Manali @ CookWithManali recently posted…Peanut Butter Coconut Bread with Peppermint Glaze & (A Giveaway!)My Profile

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! Easy recipes are my favorites!

  7. Danielle

    Hope you feel better, Mir! I take airborne if I ever start to feel a little off or have sick family members/co workers. I swear it helps so much! I love the swirl of this peppermint bark too, so pretty!
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    1. Mir

      I have tried that, Danielle! I think I must be immune. The only thing that works for me is sleep and tea. Need more of that. Thanks!

  8. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Ugh, stomach bugs are the worst. Hope you feel better soon! This bark looks amazing, I love the peppermint and chocolate combo. So good!
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    1. Mir

      They are the worst, except maybe straight up flu. Oh well. Thanks, Stacey!

  9. Mary Frances

    Oh stomach bug, you are as ugly as this is pretty and as nasty as this is sweet. This is my kind of recovery treat! Although lets be honest nothing sounds get when you’re sick. Get better soon! And binge on Netflix for me! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      You are hilarious, Mary Frances! And you bet I will. Netflix bingeing is the life I would love to have every day if I could!

  10. Mira

    I hope you feel better soon Mir! Stomach bugs are not fun…
    I love the look of swirled chocolate bark! And this one looks amazing (maybe because of the pink?)! So easy to make in no time!
    Mira recently posted…Coconut Pecan BaklavaMy Profile

    1. Mir

      I think pink makes everything better, Mira! Thanks. I’m getting there, slowly…

  11. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    SO pretty! these look like Marbles 😉 the swirl is so perfect I love this!
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    1. Mir

      Ooh, marbles. Happy memories, Michele!

  12. Baking Tuts

    They look scrumptious!

    1. Mir

      Thanks so much!

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