Peppermint Crunch Popcorn

You might have heard, I sort of have a thing for popcorn. I kind of love it. I grew up eating popcorn every Sunday night with my family. It was a tradition that I have carried happily on into adulthood.

Occasionally I have it other nights in addition to Sunday. (Just to be clear, occasionally = always.) I prefer it air-popped with a healthy unhealthy amount of butter and salt. Now, even as much as I love popcorn, I have surprisingly few popcorn recipes on my site. When my amazing friends threw me a virtual baby shower, a few people came through with awesome popcorn recipes, knowing my love of the stuff. This made me realize that I don’t have too many popcorn recipes on my blog. Only two, in fact: Kahlua and Espresso Bean Caramel Corn and Rum Spiked Caramel Corn (umm…can we ignore the fact that those both have alcohol in them?) The lack of popcorn recipes must be remedied! Maybe I should have a popcorn month! Just kidding. I think.

This popcorn is crunchy, sweet, pepperminty and perfect for the holidays. It makes a ton so it would be great for a party! Enjoy!

 

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn

This popcorn is crunchy, sweet, pepperminty and perfect for the Holidays.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels, popped (or about 16 cups popped popcorn)
  • 16 ounce package white chocolate candy melts
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 10 regular-sized candy canes, unwrapped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used holiday colored chocolate chips)

Directions:

  1. Place candy canes in a large zip-top bag and crush using a rolling-pin or meat tenderizer. Make sure the pieces are quite small, but they don’t have to be uniform. In a very large bowl or a foil roasting pan (I prefer the roasting pan), add popped popcorn (try to pick out the kernels and partially popped kernels), crushed candy canes, and chocolate chips.
  2. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour melted candy melts over popcorn mixture and stir well so that everything is coated. Spread on two large baking sheets until hardened. Store in airtight container.
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Verdict: Really good! I love the sweetness, the touch of peppermint and the crunch of the candy canes.
Husband’s take: “Wow.”
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy!

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  9. How adorable is this? Such a great idea!

  10. How did I miss this wonderful popcorn treat Rachel? This has my name written all over it – since well, I am known to eat bag after bag of popcorn. Seriously, I have house two full bags alone. I should not be trusted around a white chocolate + peppermint mix!

  11. I would totally support a popcorn month! This looks awesome :)

  12. I’m totally addicted to popcorn too! This looks seriously addicting!

  13. I think I need to start a Sunday popcorn tradition too…and kick it off with this one! PS: A popcorn month sounds amazing!

  14. This popcorn looks so scrumptious, Rachel! I would have no problem just devouring this all on my own! Mmmm!

  15. this popcorn looks so pretty…I can’t wait to try it…and what a fun family tradition.

  16. The first time someone offered me chocolate covered popcorn I was kind of reluctant to try it. Then I proceeded to eat my weight in it. :)

  17. Love festive popcorn, I need to try one of these holiday recipes before it’s too late!

  18. Yum – love popcorn, and these flavors are perfect!

  19. You are the 2nd person I’ve heard of that has a popcorn on Sunday night tradition! One of my old co-workers and her family always had popcorn on Sunday nights as dinner! And they flavored it with nutritional yeast (sounds weird, but she gave me some and it’s really good!)

    This popcorn looks great! Peppermint is a holiday favorite of mine. I’m not sure if I could stop eating this once I started! Great recipe!

  20. I love this, perfecltly festive!

  21. This is such an easy and festive treat, love it!

  22. Apparently we are both loving holiday popcorn today! I just made white chocolate toffee popcorn and had considered adding peppermint but I didnt want to be the only one eating it.

  23. A friend of mine was asking about popcorn recipes the other night; I will have to share this with her. She and her hubs are screenwriters and during awards season there is a LOT of movie viewing, hence a lot of popcorn eating.

    This is calling my name; love the combination as witnessed by the fact that I bought a bag of White Chocolate Peppermint ‘Holidrizzle’ popcorn at Sprouts last night!

  24. This looks delicious! I think my husband would love it :)

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