I make peppermint bark this time of year, it's great to have on hand when company comes to visit and my family always asks for it. If you buy it already made, it's crazy expensive. Why not make some yourself? It only has four ingredients:
Bag of chocolate chips (milk, dark, whatever you like)
Bat of white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint flavoring
6 candy canes, crushed
I start by melting the chocolate in the microwave. You can also do this over a double boiler but I find the microwave works just fine if you do it in 15 second intervals and keep it stirred. This gets poured into an 8 by 8 inch pan that's lined with parchment paper.
I only let this set up for about 5 minutes before melting the white chocolate chips the same way. Once the white chocolate is melted, I stir in the peppermint flavoring and then drop it by spoonfuls on top of the melted chocolate then swirl it all together. The reason I do it this way is I've found in the past if I wait until the first layer has set up, the bark has a tendency to separate between the two chocolate layers.
The last step is to sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top and push them in gently with your fingers to make sure they set. Here's a secret... I buy candy canes after Christmas at super sale prices and just keep them in a cabinet until the following year. They keep really well. *shhhhh*
Once the entire pan has solidified, lift the parchment paper out, cut the bark and package for gifts. Or just eat it.