A refreshing burst of peppermint with a sweet and salty mix of white chocolate popcorn. This treat is perfect for the winter season.
Candy cane popcorn
So this year to spruce up the holiday feel around here I made a batch of white chocolate peppermint popcorn and oh my goodness it tasted great. My daughter ate almost the entire batch by herself because she couldn’t get enough of it.
I quote, “It’s taking me forever to eat my bowl of popcorn because it tastes too good and I’ll be sad when it goes away.” I mean, I think that means we have a winning recipe on our hands, right? I’ve never gotten that big of a reaction out of her for anything else.
Thankfully this recipe is easy enough to make that the next time we want some I can get her in the kitchen to do most of the leg work. It’s only fair, right? 😉
Peppermint popcorn ingredients
- Almond Bark or White Chocolate
- Red Colored Sugar Sprinkles
- Mini Marshmallows
- Crushed Peppermint Candies
- Flakey Sea Salt *optional
- Stripes Peppermint Balls
What you’ll need to make this recipe
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Tips for making white chocolate candy cane popcorn
We mix our crushed peppermint into the white chocolate to give us better coverage with the flavor as it coats every piece of popcorn. You could also toss it in with everything else in the next step, but I feel like this minor detail makes a noticeable difference.
You can use buttery, unflavored, salty, or kettle popcorn (any popcorn of choice) to get a different flavorful combination depending on what you want. I used Movie Theater Butter Flavored popcorn and was surprised by how well it worked with the peppermint.
FAQ’s about peppermint popcorn
Fresh is best as the peppermint will become chewy as it ages, but my daughter ate it happily for about 3 days from an airtight bag held at room temperature.
I wouldn’t. While popcorn can be frozen, peppermint candies don’t do well at cold temperatures. The colors run, the texture becomes chewy and messy. For best results just make a fresh batch.
How to make white chocolate peppermint popcorn
Pop popcorn and remove kernels while placing the popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
Melt the chocolate or almond bark in a small bowl in the microwave in 30-second intervals stirring well between each.
Once the chocolate has been melted, stir in the crushed peppermint candies.
Toss the chocolate and peppermint into the popcorn to evenly coat.
Add the red colored sugar, mini marshmallows, and peppermint balls and toss to combine.
Give it about 5-10 minutes to set so the chocolate isn’t so messy and enjoy.
More great holiday recipes to try
- Christmas Hug Pretzels
- Hot Chocolate Pancakes
- Rolo Stuffed Ritz Crackers
- Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins
- Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
- Christmas Tree Pretzels
White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
- 1 3.2oz bag popcorn, popped (about 7-9 cups)
- 2 pcs Almond bark (or 1 cup white chocolate chips)
- 1 Tbsp red colored sugar sprinkles
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies
- 1 pinch flakey sea salt (1/8 tsp) *optional
- 1 cup Bob's Sweet Stripes soft peppermint candies (about 26 pcs)
- Pop your popcorn and remove all unpopped kernels. Place all the good popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl, melt your white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well between each until smooth.
- Once the chocolate has melted, stir in the crushed peppermint candies.
- Toss the popcorn with the white chocolate peppermitn mixture to evenly coat.
- Add in the red sugar, mini marshmallows, and peppermint balls. Toss to combine.
- Let rest about 5-10 minutes for chocolate to set before eating.