Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark

I’m getting ready to head to holiday festivities at my Dad’s place, complete with my super squeezable twin nephews (Gah!), but I wanted to share a simple treat that has been making life easy, festive, and tasty all week.

So, along with Minimalist Baker’s 5-Ingredient Peppermint Patties, I’ve been whipping up boatloads of this simple, gluten-free Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark. It’s all the best things about a treat in a bite—Salty, Sweet, Chocolate, Peppermint, Easy. Did I mention it’s easy?


I also love that it’s a great way to use up candy canes, snacks, and other treats that are laying around after all of the festivities. Most salty snacks go great with chocolate…

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark

I bet even potato chips would work. If you try that, I wanna know, so #yumuniverse it.

Ok, in very Crosby fashion*, we’re making our own rules tonight, so Tacos are on the menu. I’m going to make my Red Lentil Tacos (or maybe the Maitake Mushroom Tacos, hmmm) and some Chipotle Sauce. I hope you’ll try this simple bark… enjoy and happy holidays!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark
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An easy holiday treat that everyone loves—also great for using up leftover candy canes, pretzels, and chocolate bars from the holidays...
Recipe type: Dessert
Allergy Info: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Serves: 10+ servings
  • Three 3 oz. dark chocolate bars (look for gluten-free, vegan if you like)
  • 2–3 candy canes (or a small handful of starlight mints)
  • Pretzel sticks or twists (look for gluten-free, vegan if you like)
Let’s get started.
  1. Break apart chocolate into squares and place into a double boiler (or a saucepan with a sieve placed on top). Bring water in pot to a boil and stir chocolate as it melts.

  2. Break up candy canes in a food processor (or use the baggie and a hammer hack) until almost dusty and set aside.

  3. Line a cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper and pour melted chocolate onto the sheet...

    ... and spread into a ¼" layer.

  4. Press pretzels into the melted chocolate.

  5. And then sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

  6. Pop in the freezer or fridge to chill until firm, then cut or break apart and serve.

Feel free to layer all ingredients if you like, or make any design you see fit.

Store bark in an airtight, glass container in the fridge.


About that asterisk…

*One of our childhood traditions was watching the original Conan the Barbarian then having all out battles with the inside cardboard tubes from wrapping paper. Weirdos 😉

I want to hear from YU. Any wacky holiday traditions in your family? Tell us with a comment below.

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  1. Kayla

    Oh my this is the perfect holiday treat! Thank you so much for this recipe Heather! Hope you have wonderful holiday celebrations with your family! Merry Christmas Heather! -Kayla 🙂

  2. My family used to watch Conan the Barbarian, too! Such a funny movie! lol

    • I swear my Dad knows every word 😉 I love that your fam watched it, too!

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