Looking for a fun holiday snack? This Peppermint Bark Popcorn is a festive and easy recipe to make for the holidays!
One of our favorite things to do on a chilly Saturday afternoon is pop a big bowl of popcorn and curl up on the couch for a movie. Robbie gets to pick the movie, although I do help steer his choices a bit. The classic Ghostbusters calls to me a bit more than Paw Patrol: The Movie. Call me crazy. However, before we sit down to select the movie, Robbie’s job is to pop the popcorn. He puts the bag in the microwave and hits start. Then he watches as the bag puffs up. (We take over from there since the popcorn is hot.)
The other day, Robbie asked me, “Dad, where does popcorn come from?” I explained that popcorn is corn kernels that literally pop when they get hot. He was a little confused. I realized that when you make popcorn in a microwave, you can’t actually see the popcorn pop. That’s when I decided to make a batch of stovetop popcorn so Robbie could see the popcorn pop. And pop it did – we had popcorn popping everywhere! (Normally you put a lid on the skillet, but I left it off for a couple of seconds so Robbie could watch.)
Peppermint Bark Popcorn
Since it’s the holidays, I decided to take that popcorn and go one step further. We mixed in some white chocolate candy melt and crushed candy canes. A little drizzle of melted chocolate chips after that, and we had a big sheet pan full of Peppermint Bark Popcorn. It was delicious!
Peppermint Bark Popcorn is one of my many favorite treats during the holiday season. Our grocery store sells containers of Peppermint Bark Popcorn, but it’s insanely expensive! This is a really easy recipe to make at home – and that includes making stovetop popcorn. You could use plain microwave popcorn (i.e. no butter) to make this recipe even easier. However, if you have a kid in the house (or just a kid at heart), then I suggest the stovetop version. It’s easy, and it’s a lot of fun!
Taking the cue from the version at our local grocery store, I sprinkled some red and green nonpareils in with the white chocolate candy melt. The additional colors add a festive holiday touch! Apparently nonpareils are known as ‘hundreds and thousands’ outside of North America. Me? I’ve always called them sprinkles. Whatever you call ’em, I highly recommend sprinkling a handful into this Peppermint Bark Popcorn. They don’t add much in the flavor department, but they sure are fun!
While we ate this Peppermint Bark Popcorn during family movie afternoon, this recipe would also be great for neighbor or teacher gifts. It’s easy and tasty, and if you have any little hands around, they are super helpful with shaking the sprinkles on top! Once the popcorn is finished, just bag it up in decorative cellophane bags with a festive holiday ribbon. Nice and easy! (Of course, you might need to make an extra batch so you can nibble a bit while making the bags.) I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do – it’s an easy and fun way to celebrate the holiday season!
Did you make a batch of this Peppermint Bark Popcorn at home? Leave a comment, or better yet snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) so I can see your version!
Peppermint Bark Popcorn
- 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- ¼ cup popcorn kernels ~7 cups popped
- 6 oz. white chocolate candy melt
- 3 candy canes finely crushed
- red and green nonpareils
- ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Using a large skillet with a lid, add the vegetable oil and popcorn kernels; stir until kernels are well coated.
- Cover skillet and place over medium heat.
- Once the first kernel pops, begin shaking pan back and forth lightly to ensure kernels don’t burn.
- When popping slows to every 3-4 seconds, remove pan from heat and uncover.
- Using a microwave, melt the white chocolate candy melt according to the package instructions.
- Transfer the popcorn into a large bowl. Add the melted candy melt and crushed candy canes; toss until well combined.
- Spread mixture onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper.
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
- Transfer melted chocolate into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (or a sandwich bag with one corner snipped off). Drizzle chocolate evenly on top of popcorn.
- Sprinkle top of popcorn with red and green nonpareils.
- Once cool, break apart and store in an airtight container.
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