Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Peppermint Popcorn Bark – Popcorn coated with white chocolate and crushed candy canes! O-M-YUM! This stuff is so dang addictive! Super easy to make and even easier to eat! Whip up a batch or three for easy homemade holiday gifts! People go crazy over this stuff! #popcorn #peppermint #dessert #candycanes

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Easy Candy Cane Coated Popcorn Recipe

It is finally Christmas baking time at my house, and this Peppermint Popcorn Bark is always one of the first things I make. It is SO good and SOOOO easy to make! Popcorn coating in white chocolate and candy canes. YUM! I love to whip up a few batches as gifts for friends. Everyone LOVES this stuff.

How to Make Peppermint Popcorn Bark

This popcorn is super easy to make. Start with popping popcorn. Next, you need to crush a box of candy canes. Finally, melt some vanilla almond bark or white candy coating. Add a touch of peppermint oil to the melted candy coating and toss everything together. Spread the mixture onto some wax paper or parchment paper and let the almond bark set up. Break the popcorn into pieces and enjoy!

  • This recipe uses peppermint oil and NOT peppermint extract. Adding liquids to almond bark will cause the candy coating to seize up. Using peppermint oil won’t change the consistency of the candy coating and adds a lot of peppermint flavor. You can buy it at a cake decorating store, Hobby Lobby, online at King Arthur Flour, or with my affiliate link at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3505NNw
  • The popcorn will keep for at least a week in an air-tight container.
  • You can use any popcorn that you prefer. Microwave popcorn, air-popped or store-bought are all fine. I usually use plain microwave popcorn.
  • I use a food processor and basically make candy cane dust with small pieces.
  • If you don’t want to use almond bark, you can substitute an equivalent amount of white chocolate. You will want to add a tablespoon or two of shortening to the white chocolate chips to easier to melt and gives it a smoother, creamier texture.
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Homemade Holiday Gift

I absolutely LOVE this popcorn! I make several batches of it during the holiday season to give some away to friends. Don’t worry, I also make a batch for myself. This stuff is too good not to indulge! Especially at the holidays.

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Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Yield: 20 cups
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Peppermint Popcorn Bark – Popcorn coated with white chocolate and crushed candy canes! O-M-YUM! This stuff is so dang addictive! Super easy to make and even easier to eat! Whip up a batch or three for easy homemade holiday gifts! People go crazy over this stuff! #popcorn #peppermint #dessert #candycanes

Ingredients:

  • 2 (3.3-oz) bags microwave popcorn, popped (18-20 cups)
  • 1 (6-oz) box candy canes, crushed
  • 1 (20 to 24-oz) package vanilla almond bark
  • ¼ tsp peppermint oil

Instructions:

  • Place popcorn in a very large bowl – the biggest one you have. Pour crushed candy canes on top of the popcorn.
  • Melt almond bark according to instructions on the package. Add the peppermint oil to the almond bark and pour over popcorn.
  • Stir until all the popcorn is coated. Pour popcorn on wax paper and allow to harden. Once the popcorn has hardened, break into pieces and enjoy!

Notes:

  • This recipe uses peppermint oil and NOT peppermint extract. Adding liquids will cause the almond bark/candy coating to seize up. Using peppermint oil won’t change the consistency of the candy coating and adds a lot of peppermint flavor. You can buy it at a cake decorating store, online at King Arthur Flour, or with my affiliate link at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3505NNw
  • The popcorn will keep for at least a week in an air-tight container.
  • You can use any popcorn that you prefer. Microwave popcorn, air-popped or store-bought are all fine. I usually use plain microwave popcorn.
  • I crush my candy canes in the food processor – it is quick and it pulverizes the candy canes!
  • If you don’t want to use almond bark, you can substitute an equivalent amount of white chocolate. You will want to add a tablespoon or two of shortening to the white chocolate chips to easier to melt and gives it a smoother, creamier texture.

Steph

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  1. I just found this on Pinterest and had to come by and pin it! What a great treat for Christmas!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive,365.

    1. It is a type of white chocolate made with vegetable oils instead of cocoa butter with added flavoring and color. Tastes almost vanilla like.

    2. It is a type of white chocolate made with vegetable oils instead of cocoa butter with added flavoring and color. Tastes almost vanilla like.

  2. Since almond bark comes in different size packages, when you say "1 package" do you know about how many ounces or if it's the smaller or largest size packages? Thanks!

  3. Stupid question – what kind of popcorn do you usually use. And, buttered or not? I plan to make this to take to a family Christmas party Saturday night! I know the kiddos will love it. THANKS!

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