Holiday Salted Peppermint Bark

I thought I was done traveling. But I’m not. Sadly, I had a family emergency back in Wichita last week, so I haven’t had much time to cook. Just to drive. Driving to Wichita takes something like 7-8 hours. Whoever invented road trips must have been on drugs or alcohol at the time. Because driving through Kansas is not fun. It has grass. Dirt. And wreaks of urine. I’m not sure why. I swear it wasn’t me though. I get nervous on road trips, so I drink a total of 8 ounces per 10 hours. Extremely healthy, but I’m definitely not the one that has to stop at all those creepy rest stops. Those things are the creators of scary movies. Not peeing there.

So road trips are boring, obviously. I brought snacks, which is a given, in hopes of keeping myself entertained. Food gives you endorphins, endorphins make you feel good, feeling good makes you feel like you’re having a good time. So I stayed pretty entertained. And I actually found some great food options on the way there. I made mini muffins from Health-Bent and brought with me some Steve’s Paleo Krunch, but I needed some real protein to keep me from eating constantly. So we first found a Qdoba and I got a shredded pork bowl with guac and pico and it lasted 2 meals. Awesome. Then on the way back home, we stopped on Subway and I got a salad. Did you know you can get any sandwich a salad? That’s pretty rad. The chicken didn’t taste real, but whatevs. Better than the Taco John’s option. I would have been a terrible traveling buddy if I ate tacos and tater tots.

Why does Subway smell so weird? The smell seriously sticks to my hair within 15 seconds of being inside Subway. It creeps me out.  I guess I smell like broccoli most of the time anyways. I shouldn’t hate.

We played some pretty interesting games on the road trip. Like finish my sentence. And would you rather. Out of the 16 hours total of driving, we played those games for a total of 35 minutes. So in all honesty, they weren’t interesting at all. But I’m really good at using cruise control now.

Have you ever slept on your arm wrong and woke and your arm is broken? Ok, that’s an exaggeration. But I did wake up the other day, after not working out for 2 days, and my shoulder is completely wrecked. It aches so bad. I mean, it hurts to turn a door handle. But not to snatch. What? I think I’m broken.


Holiday Salted Peppermint Bark

  • Yield: 6-8 1x




  1. Melt coconut butter and chocolate chips.
  2. Mix peppermint oil into chocolate.
  3. Pour coconut butter on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Pour melted chocolate on top of coconut butter. Use a knife to make designs in the coconut butter and chocolate mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with salt on top.
  5. Place in freezer to harden for 30 minutes or more.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


48 thoughts on “Holiday Salted Peppermint Bark”

  1. Driving does suck. I live in Texas and it takes me at least 4 hours to drive to anywhere interesting. It can take up to 11 hours to drive somewhere and you aren’t even out of the state!

  2. Sorry to hear you had a family emergency. Sounds like Kansas is as much fun to drive across as Nebraska.
    You make me laugh again today. Creepy rest stops. lol You are such a hoot. I really, really like your blog. Hope there are no more creepy road trips in your future.

  3. Can’t wait to try this! You crack me up! The smell of Subway- I totally get it! I actually avoid certain places completely (Panera) because I will then smell like them for what feels like days even after a shower 🙂

    Love your stuff!

  4. Hope everything is OK with your family!

    I like how you had to add the “edible” note for the peppermint oil. All I can picture is someone using their home fragrance oil instead. Why does my chocolate taste like a candle?!

  5. Completely unrelated question: Would any of your icings/frostings (I’m thinking from the carrot cake cupcakes or the pumpkin one) work for decorating cookies? And if not, is there something I could modify to make them more like decorating icing?

    Also, driving through Kansas blows. I once drove from kentucky to colorado in a 16 passenger van with 9 college students. I thought we’d never leave Kansas.

  6. I’m sorry but I cannot NOT crack up at your writing style. I want to be your BFF. So, I’m not sorry actually, because that’s a compliment. ALSO FYI, I got my copy of OMG, That’s Paleo and I must say, I have been blown away by it so far. Smoky bacon chili has been on the weekly rotation since the first batch I made and with your help, I’ve even convinced a few nay-sayers that Paleo is more than just boring meat and vegetables 24/7… AND doesn’t have to be difficult. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the bday present! 🙂 I love your posts, so when I saw that you updated this today, I was pumped. These look great!

  8. What brand of dark chocolate do you use???

    Ummmm, and yes, the smell of subway is horrid. When I go there it’s the rule of IN-AND-OUT ASAP! It totally sticks to the hair….nasty.

  9. Thank you for a paleo version of this so I don’t eat all the crap around my office!

    Are you from Ta Town?? I am in Kansas City (born and raised)! Thankfully I’ve only made that terrible drive across KS like twice…but it is probably the worst. thing. ever. Sorry to hear about the fam emergency…hope everything is okay!

  10. So…I’m from Hutchinson & live in the Springs now. I knew there was a reason I really liked you! lol And yes, eastern Colorado/western Kansas is the WORST!! But the wind farms look pretty cool at night. 🙂

    This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it & share with all my friends. Thank you!

  11. Hope everyone in your family is ok; there’s obviously no GOOD time to have a family emergency, but during the holidays could well be the worst!

    This sounds delicious!!! Quick (possibly dumb) question – I’ve never seen peppermint oil (the edible kind, haha) in the store… Is it in the baking aisle at just a typical grocery store, or at a Whole Foods-type store only, or what?

  12. I love peppermint and chocolate. thank you for this recipe now I don’t have to do without this season

  13. I have been a devote since learning about your site this summer and have made as much as I can – LOVING IT ALL. But man, this recipe was soooo fast and SOOOOO FREAKING DELICIOUS! Thank you for your inspiration and creativity. I will be a follower for LIFE! Btw, so happy about your skin and admire your journey to make yourself feel better. GOOD FOR YOU! Hard for me to find coconut butter besides Nikkis. Are you able to find it in Whole Foods or other ‘natural’ grocer? Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year and greater successes with your new book! Love 🙂 forever grateful, Erika in NY

  14. Sorry! I meant to add 5 stars to my earlier post. I just chowed down on two pieces and had to put the rest of the batch in zip locks for my friends. FREAKING AMAZING!

  15. I am from Windsor, Ontario Canada originally and I still remember when I was in University, there was this bar downtown that was right beside a Subway, and when the air conditioning turned on in that bar I swear it blew the subway smell on everybody there. barf. So I always walked out of that bar with my hair smelling like Subway. Great post by the can never go wrong with peppermint and chocolate! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  16. I made this last night and found that I needed to keep it in the freezer or refrigerator. I put some in little bags for friends and set them on the counter and it melted. Did this happen to anyone else?

  17. This is amazing. The salt really makes it! Tastes kind of like Andes mints 🙂 However mine did not turn out as pretty as yours… I think I went wrong heating the coconut cream to pour it in the pan… Next time I will just spread it. Juli you are a kitchen goddess.

  18. Hi! I tried making this but as soon as I added the peppermint extract to the chocolate it turned fudgy instead of liquid-y and now I can’t get it thin enough to pour. Any thoughts on that?

    1. Answer to the “fudge” thing…the chocolate seized. My chocolate savvy partner informed me that I must have put water in it somewhere…and then he checked the organic, alcohol free peppermint extract from Trader Joe’s I had used: water. So find edible peppermint oil OR use the extract with alcohol, because melted chocolate seizes when you add water. Now, I haven’t played with adding the peppermint to the chocolate chunks, THEN heating it to melt…someone out there should be able to help with that question…

  19. You’re so right about Subway — I worked there for about 6 months in high school. I swear that stuff got into my pores, because everything about me smelled like Subway for weeks after I quit. But I guess smelling like Subway, the sandwich shop, is better than smelling like subway, the transportation system!

  20. How did I fail at this? I was so excited, like dancing in my kitchen excited, like scaring my husband and dogs excited. I put them in the freezer and all I managed to produce was very rubbery bark. I waited till evening till I finally made myself accept I had failed at the most basic recipe. I am still going 5 stars because it tasted yummy and I am fairly certain the error was in the production team. Sigh…sadness.

  21. YES! The “Would You Rather” game is, hands down, the most versatile and engaging activity when in a pinch. As a parent of 3 boys, we regularly play WYR while waiting for food at restaurants, standing in long lines, waiting, waiting, waiting. Our version involves lots of gross out topics and mentions of bodily noises.

  22. Samantha Thiessen

    So meanwhile in Canada, this chick made above said bark, except left out the peppermint. Then flipped over to your pumpkin pie bar recipe and made the maple roasted pecans and swirled them into the bark. I think I’ll call it Sanity in a Pan. And then gonna feed it to my gals doing 14.2 this morning. Thank you so much for the ongoing delicious inspiration Juli!

  23. Love this and I make these once a week with dark chocolate.
    Always good for a snack or to put out if friends stop by.
    Everyone I have served it to loves it and are convinced there has to be more INGREDIANTS than what I tell them.
    Thanks for all you do

  24. THIS IS WHAT MY HOLIDAY DREAMS ARE MADE OF. I am in my third trimester and didn’t read the directions so I melted the coconut butter and chocolate together, but it didn’t take away from it at all. I committed the paleo sin of topping with Andes’ Peppermint Crunch in addition to the flaky salt –holy balls. Thank you, Juli!!!

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