Thursday, December 22, 2011

Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Don't you wish you were my neighbor? We made plates of fudge and this delicious peppermint bark popcorn for neighbors and friends this Christmas. I love this recipe for peppermint bark popcorn because it's easy to make large batches as gifts and it tastes amazing!

Peppermint Bark Popcorn

16-20 cups popped popcorn
1 pound white chocolate almond bark
1 6 ounce box candy canes, crushed (about 1 generous cup)
2 teaspoons peppermint extract or a few drops peppermint oil to taste
3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Place popcorn in a very large mixing bowl.

Melt almond bark according to package instructions. When completely melted, add extract or peppermint oil. If using extract, it's normal for the almond bark to seize (get lumpy) which is okay, just stir very quickly because the more you wait the more it will seize.

Pour melted bark mixture over popcorn, adding crushed candy canes on top. Stir to coat evenly. Pour popcorn onto waxed paper, parchment, or foil and spread out.

Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. Let popcorn dry completely until chocolate and almond bark are hardened. You may place in the fridge to speed the process along.

When chocolate is hardened, use your hands to break it into large chunks and then serve.

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