Nothing says 'the holidays are here' quite like peppermint! The garnish of peppermint bark is beautiful! Two recipes actually: peppermint bark (which should be made at least two days ahead) AND cheesecake. Timing does not include leaving cheesecake in oven after shutting off oven nor the chilling overnight. Estimating that 13 round candies is a third cup? Peppermint extract is very strong so if reducing cheesecake recipe as I usually do -have made several times- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract for 4 servings is a tad too much and that is what site math will do.