Why this recipe works
I love easy desserts for Christmas that don’t require a lot of ingredients. This Christmas tree white chocolate peppermint bark is perfect!
It takes classic white chocolate peppermint bark to a new level with an adorable Christmas tree design made with pretzel sticks, green candy melts and festive Christmas sprinkles.
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- Candy melts – I used white candy melts for the base of the chocolate bark and green candy melts for the Christmas trees. I love to use candy melts for recipes like this because they are made for melting! It’s so easy to do.
- Candy canes – You can place the candy canes in a small bag and use a rolling pin to smash them up into small pieces.
- Pretzel sticks – Pretzels are the base of our Christmas tree trunk. You can use gluten-free pretzels (like I did) if you are on a gluten-free diet or have celiac disease.
- Star sprinkles – You can find star sprinkles online or at your local craft store for the top of the tree.
- Rainbow sprinkles – Nonpareil rainbow sprinkles make colorful ornaments on our Christmas trees. You can find these at any local grocery store.
- Peppermint extract – You can’t have white chocolate peppermint bark without the peppermint extract! Candy melts are super easy to flavor with extracts, which is another reason I love to use them for chocolate bark. I prefer peppermint extract over a mint extract, which has a slightly different flavor.
Candy melts are not the same thing as chocolate. Candy melts don’t actually contain any cocoa butter! Instead they use palm kernel oil and other vegetable oils, which help them melt really smoothly and eliminate the need for tempering. They are great for using in chocolate bark recipes and as a candy coating.
This Christmas tree white chocolate peppermint bark is so easy to make with just a few simple steps and ingredients. The steps below with matching photos are meant to help you see the recipe at various stages so that you can make these chocolate covered pretzels perfectly every time.
For the ingredient list with measurements, full instructions, printable recipe and additional notes, please scroll down to the recipe card.
Peppermint white chocolate bark will last at room temperature for about 5 days and in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Yes, you can use white chocolate chips if you’d like in this recipe. I would recommend microwaving the white chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening to help the white chocolate melt smoothly. Microwave at 50% for 90 seconds and then stir. If the white chocolate still is not melted, microwave for another 30 seconds. Add the peppermint extract after melting so that the white chocolate does not seize.
Yes, it can. Use gluten-free pretzels for the base of the Christmas trees. Also be sure to double check that your candy melts are gluten-free, as some are produced on the same lines as gluten.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days or in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
Christmas Tree White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- 11 oz white candy melts
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 oz green candy melts
- 8 pretzel sticks
- 1/2 tablespoon rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
- 8 star sprinkles
- 1 tbsp crushed candy canes
- Place the white candy melts and peppermint extract in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave in 30 second increments, just until the chocolate is almost melted. Stir to combine.
- Place the green candy melts in a separate bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, until melted. Stir. Place the green candy melts in a piping bag or ziploc bag with the tip cut off.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Pour the white chocolate out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread with a spatula until it’s a rectangle that is 1/4-inch thick.
- Place the pretzel sticks all over the white chocolate, with spaces in between.
- Use the green candy melts to pipe trees over each of the pretzels, leaving a little trunk at the bottom of each.
- Sprinkle the trees with the rainbow nonpareil sprinkles. Top each tree with a star sprinkle.
- Sprinkle the white chocolate areas with the crushed candy canes.
- Let the chocolate bark harden at room temperature for a few hours. You can also place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to harden for about 30 minutes if you prefer.
- Slice or break into pieces before serving.
- Depending on your microwave, the candy melts should take just about 60-75 seconds to melt completely. Be sure to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each, so that the candy melts do not start burning on the bottom of the bowl. Stirring will also help it melt more quickly and evenly.