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National Peppermint Bark Day – December 1, 2021

On Peppermint Bark Day, we celebrate the seasonal treat we cannot wait to get our hands on every Christmas! The unbeatable combination of mint and chocolate is the perfect sweet indulgence. 

The once-a-year favorite is crafted using the finest ingredients, including custom-blended Guittard chocolate and triple-distilled oil of peppermint. This “bark” is finished with a snowfall of peppermint candy pieces. The result is an unforgettable holiday confection with a perfect harmony of flavors and textures in every bite.

History of National Peppermint Bark Day

In 1998, Williams Sonoma debuted The Original Peppermint Bark, which is now often copied but never matches in quality or flavor. Crafted in small batches with no added artificial flavor or color this top-quality bark is made with a custom blend of Guittard chocolate and triple-distilled peppermint oil. The company spends 12 weeks every year making Peppermint Bark just for the holidays. It took more than 20 rounds of testing to settle on the perfect recipe for Peppermint Bark and it takes more than 24 hours to make a batch from start to finish. Today, 18 products bear the ‘Peppermint Bark’ name at Williams Sonoma.

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National Peppermint Bark Day FAQs

Is Williams Sonoma the original inventor of Peppermint Bark?

YES! Williams Sonoma’s founder, Chuck Williams invented the confection in 1998 after more than 20 rounds of recipe testing.

Why do they call it Peppermint Bark?

The most commonly accepted reasoning for the word ‘bark’ in chocolate bark is that the surface of the sweet treat resembles the crackly texture of a tree.

What does Peppermint Bark taste like?

Peppermint Bark is the perfect fusion of peppermint and chocolate.

National Peppermint Bark Day Activities

  1. Indulge in Peppermint Bark

    There’s nothing better than enjoying Peppermint Bark yourself to kick off the season. Why not find a quiet spot during the festive season, a good book and enjoy some ‘me’ time. Alternatively, ring in the full festive experience by tucking into Peppermint Bark while you decorate the house, to really get you in the holiday spirit.

  2. Gift to Friends and Family

    Put a smile on everyone’s face this festive season by gifting a beautifully packaged, personalized tin of Peppermint Bark from Williams Sonoma. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.

  3. Visit a Williams Sonoma Store for a free sample

    Williams Sonoma will be giving out free samples of their signature sweet snack, Peppermint Bark, at all of their stores throughout the season. Hurry on down to try some and pick up a few tins while you are there.

5 Delightfully Sweet Facts About Peppermint Bark

  1. It took a few attempts to reach perfection

    It took Williams Sonoma more than 20 rounds of testing before they landed on the perfect recipe for their Peppermint Bark.

  2. 1/4 of the year is spent on prepping it

    Williams Sonoma spends 12 weeks a year making their Peppermint Bark, especially in preparation for the holiday season.

  3. They use a lot of chocolate

    More than 1 million lbs of Guittard chocolate is used each holiday season to make Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark.

  4. It takes a day to make

    Making a single batch of Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark takes 24 hours, from start to finish.

  5. A lot of peppermint bits go into it

    Williams Sonoma makes 65,000 peppermint bits to sprinkle on top of their Peppermint Bark.

Why We Love National Peppermint Bark Day

  1. We love chocolate and peppermint!

    The combination of chocolate and peppermint is a classic. The striking contrast of the minty coolness with warm chocolate is worth celebrating.

  2. It’s a ‘sweet’ holiday

    Peppermint Bark Day is a delightfully sweet holiday that is perfect for the festive season.

  3. Peppermint Bark is nostalgic

    There is something about Peppermint Bark that takes us back to our childhood. Watching our parents or grandparents make Peppermint Bark and enjoying it is a feeling we don’t want to forget.

National Peppermint Bark Day dates

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2022December 1Thursday
2023December 1Friday
2024December 1Sunday
2025December 1Monday

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