Peppermint Bark Popcorn

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It’s that time of year. That time of year when American office workers start suffering from sugar overload due to all the irresistible holiday treats parading around the office. It’s also the time of year when I start experiencing grass-is-greener complex about working from home. While it is true that working at home is totally awesome, my December has been pitifully devoid of holiday treats. My nonexistent co-workers aren’t presenting tins of peppermint bark and fudge at every corner. You lucky office people, you.

crushed peppermint and melted chocolate

Yesterday, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make myself the kind of holiday treat that I’ve been craving. I made a big batch of my favorite light, salty snack (stove-top popcorn) and drizzled it with melted dark chocolate and crushed candy canes. Twenty minutes later, I had my peppermint-and-chocolate fix. I know that top photo makes it look really decadent, but keep in mind that I only drizzled the topside of the popcorn with chocolate. It’s not so rich that I feel sick to my stomach after a few bites. And it’s gluten-free, so I’ll be sharing my leftovers at girls’ night tonight.

Peppermint Bark Popcorn Recipe

You could go in a lot of different directions with this basic chocolate-drizzled popcorn concept. You could mix some lightly salted, roasted nuts in with the popcorn before drizzling it with chocolate. You could sprinkle it with coconut flakes or sprinkles instead of peppermint. You could trade white chocolate for the dark chocolate, or hey, drizzle it with both for a more decadent, classic peppermint bark approach. Just be careful when you’re melting the white chocolate, as it is more likely to scorch.

Peppermint chocolate popcorn recipe - cookieandkate.com

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn
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Serves: 6
 
Get your peppermint-and-chocolate fix with this simple holiday treat. Please do make the popcorn on the stove with a bit of oil—it's really easy and tastes SO much better than microwave or air-popped popcorn. This peppermint bark popcorn is perfect to bring to holiday parties since it is gluten-free, vegan and ready in about twenty minutes.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • sea salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 standard-sized peppermint candy canes (you'll need about ⅓ cup finely crushed peppermint)
  • Maldon salt or flaky finishing salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cover a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Pour the oil into a large, heavy-bottomed pan with a lid (if you have a medium-sized Dutch oven, it's perfect for this). Turn the heat up to medium, add 2 kernels of corn, and cover.
  2. Once the kernels pop, remove the lid and pour in the remaining popcorn kernels. Cover the pot and give the pot a little shimmy to distribute the kernels evenly.
  3. Cook over medium heat, shaking the pot occasionally. Crack the lid just a smidge so the popcorn stays crisp, and cook until the popping sound slows to about one pop per every few seconds. Remove the pan from heat and dump the popcorn onto the parchment paper-covered pan. Lightly salt it and pick out any kernels that didn't pop.
  4. Place the candy canes in a plastic bag. Cover the bag with a tea towel and crush the candy canes by rolling a rolling pin over it. A hammer works, too. You want the candy canes to be pretty finely crushed when you're done.
  5. Melt the chocolate chips over a double broiler or in the microwave in twenty-second bursts, stirring between each, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  6. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. Working quickly, sprinkle the popcorn with the crushed candy canes. Lightly sprinkle with a pinch of Maldon/finishing salt or sea salt. Transfer the pan to the refrigerator for ten minutes, or until the chocolate is set completely. Break up the popcorn sheet with your hands and serve.
Notes
Yields about six cups of popcorn.
Storage suggestions: Store in an airtight plastic bag. The popcorn is best served on the day it's made, but should keep for a couple of days.
Make it vegan/dairy free: Substitute the dark chocolate chips with your favorite dairy-free chocolate chips.

Comments

  1. says

    Oh snap! I planned on making something very similar this weekend and I’m going all out with dark and white chocolate. Hoping I can capture some precious daylight. Yours looks lovely! I really need something with drizzled chocolate :)

  2. says

    I love anything peppermint!! Omg I haven’t had lunch yet so I really wish there was like a smell-o-computer or something. I’d probably eat at least 2-3 servings of this in one sitting if I made it. I’m definitely going to pin this so I remember!

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Jen says

    Nice. Will be making this for work next week. Just made pretzels drizzled with chocolate and sprinkles for my daughter’s Brownies xmas party last night. The salty and sweet together are so good.

  4. Grace says

    Thanks for adding to my peppermint bark obsession! At least this one is easier on the waistline. I have an office party Friday so I think this will be just the snack to bring. Though I’ll have to make it just before work so i don’t eat the whole batch. I can’t believe you have leftovers to share. Stronger woman than I!

  5. says

    If it makes you feel any better, the only treat on offer at my workplace is the odd glass of cheap white wine ;)

    Love this popcorn – I bet crushed candy canes give it a really nice crunch!

  6. says

    Considering my “night life” consists of bedtime movies & sweets + salties… I kind of have to have this. I absolutely plan to eat this. In my bed. & re: your last comment… man, that’s the thing about blogging. You end up *seriously* wanting to hang out & we all seem to be scattered to the four corners! One of these days…

  7. says

    Yes, please. I’ll have the whole batch, all to myself! This sounds so wonderful. It’s my dad’s birthday tomorrow. Maybe I should make some for him (at least half will get there).

  8. says

    Kate, this looks INCREDIBLE and just like the treat I need to get myself moving this afternoon. As a non-office worker, I feel you on not having a copious amount of treats around this time of year, and it’s always nice to treat yourself to something scrumptious… Definitely making this today. :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. says

    Working in an office of some kind has its perks in that sense…but then you realize your pants don’t fit come January first! Oops!

    This popcorn/peppermint bark fusion sounds like it would make that SO worth it though.

  10. says

    I know I would be at least 5lbs heavier this week if I were working in an office around all those treats! I totally get what you are saying. This is totally my kind of treat, love it!

  11. says

    Oh my. Oh. My.

    This looks awesome, and with ingredients I already have around the house for Christmas! What a great way to change up the typical idea of peppermint bark.

  12. Allison says

    This was a hit!!! Oh wow! I made this for a military squadron holiday party, and holy bajoly, it flew out of the bag. I could barely get it out of my house because I couldn’t stop munching. This tastes like a gourmet specialty treat. The cool thing is (well, aside from the deliciousness), is it was beyond simple to make. And cheap! Thanks for posting. I can’t wait to make a batch for my family, here at home.

    • says

      Thanks for the glowing review, Allison. I’m so glad you loved the recipe! It is so simple and cheap, and I was glad that it was gluten-free so I could share it with all my friends. Happy holidays!

  13. Jill says

    I made this and it was great- however,I did use trader joes air popped pppcorn( I know, I know) .
    I wasn’t able to create the “bark texture. It fell apart after a long time in the fridge. Tried the freezer too.
    Was it my need for instant gratification and using store bought popcorn?
    Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Jill, I think you would just need to use a lot more chocolate in order to achieve the texture of peppermint bark. I didn’t want a heavy treat so the one cup of chocolate seemed about right for me.

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