One of my favorite Christmas cookies is a Peppermint Joe Joe from Trader Joe's. Unfortunately, we don't have a Trader Joe's in The Ham, and I didn't make it over to Atlanta or up to Nashville to pick up a box (or six). I was forced to come up with a homemade Peppermint Joe Joe fix. I am really into popcorn treats this year, so I thought about the Peppermint Popcorn Bark I made last week. I thought if the peppermint was good - Oreos and peppermint had to be better, right? Right!!
Be warned - this is highly addictive! Chicken Legs, my official taste tester, took a bite and said "It's good". He took another bite and said "This is really good.". After another bite he said "Take this stuff to work so I don't eat it all!". I gave some away, but I couldn't bring myself to give it all away. It was just too good!
Peppermint Cookies & Cream Popcorn
2 bags microwave popcorn, popped
1 (6oz) box candy canes, crushed
1 pack Oreo cookies, crushed
1 1/2 packs Almond Bark
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract or a few drops of peppermint oil
Place popcorn in a very large bowl - the biggest one you have. Pour crushed candy canes and Oroes on top of the popcorn. (I crush my candy canes and Oreos in the food processor) Melt one pack of almond bark according to instructions on the package. Add the peppermint extract or oil to the almond bark and pour over popcorn. Stir. The Oreos will absorb some of the almond bark and the popcorn won't be fully coated. Melt the remaining almond bark and pour over popcorn. Stir until popcorn is coated. Pour popcorn on wax paper and allow to harden. Once the popcorn has hardened, break into pieces and enjoy!