Best Peppermint Bark: 4 You’ll Want to Find Under the Tree

The best peppermint bark is an absolutely essential holiday treat. It doesn’t really feel like the holidays until you’re in possession of a tin of chocolate covered in peppermint candy someone pulverized with a hammer. So, who makes the best peppermint bark? We found out.

Whether you like dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate, there’s a peppermint bark for pretty much every taste. But cocoa content aside, the thing that makes the various brands of peppermint bark differ from one another the most is thickness. Some peppermint bark is thin and delicate, some is so damn thick you’ll need to borrow that peppermint hammer to even get through (looking at you, Trader Joe’s). Here’s our ranking of the best peppermint bark, so you can have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny F*cking Kaye. Enjoy!

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Best of the Best

Williams Sonoma the Original Peppermint Bark

When it comes to thickness, this peppermint bark from Williams Sonoma is, to borrow a phrase, just right. It’s not too thick, but it’s not thin and snappy either (if that’s your preference, we have some other suggestions). The chocolate is dark but not so dark that it overpowers the creamy flavor of the white chocolate layer. And this peppermint bark has BIG chunks of peppermint candy on the top; the distribution is a little uneven—like, you’ll definitely get bites without peppermint candy—but the quality is so high overall that you won’t mind. This is a Christmas staple in Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling’s household and I can see why. It’s the best peppermint bark brand you can buy.

Credit: Liv Averett / Williams Sonoma

Rating:

10/10

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Best Thin

Kirkland Peppermint Bark

As promised, if you like your peppermint thin and delicate, Kirkland makes the best peppermint bark candy you can buy. Because the foundation layer is a bold, rich dark chocolate, the flavor of the white chocolate layer doesn’t make as much of an impression. But if you’re like my colleague, Jordan Myrick, who said, “I don’t care about that,” then you might just love it. This peppermint bark also has a lot of candy cane bits on top. They’re crunchy and well distributed. Shards, I’d call them. Writer Danny Palumbo joked that we should name this one “Best Sharp.” It’s dangerous (and dangerously good).

Credit: Liv Averett

Rating:

9/10

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Best Individually Wrapped

Ghirardelli Squares Peppermint Bark

I always buy an extra bag of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares so I can keep enjoying them when they disappear from shelves come January. These are just so melty, so snappy, and the white chocolate layer is full of little peppermint crystals that are extremely fun to eat. I also like to pretend that I won’t eat as many of these in one sitting because they’re individually wrapped and I can easily see the evidence of my gluttony. Even if that’s not true, the wrappers make them the best peppermint bark candy to throw in a bowl and keep on the coffee table or on your desk. Ghirardelli also makes a dark chocolate version, but we all preferred the flavor balance of the milk chocolate. But you kind of can’t go wrong with either.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best THICK

Trader Joe’s Peppermint Bark

Okay, I wasn’t even going to recommend this, but I imagine there are people out there who really like FAT AND HARD peppermint bark. This is not for me, but if you have a hammer and want to work out some aggression at snack time, maybe this is the best peppermint bark brand for you? It’s so, so fat, but it does taste genuinely good. It has fine flakes of peppermint on top versus the big chunks of peppermint candy on the Williams Sonoma bark or the sharp little shards on the Kirkland bark. Biting into this really tests the fortitude of your teeth. It also comes in big solid pieces versus broken-up shards like the others. It’s weird, but the tin is lovely.

Rating:

6.5/10

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Other products we tried: Cost Plus World Market White and Dark Chocolate Bark, Ghiradelli Squares Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Ghiradelli Snowmen 


About the Author

Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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