Simple to make almond bark covered buttery popcorn with peppermint candy cane pieces. Perfect for gift giving, movie night, or anytime you just need a little salty & sweet treat! So addicting – we should call this Peppermint Bark Popcorn “Christmas Crack Corn!”
Peppermint Bark Popcorn
One of my favorite snacks in the world is popcorn. Just the scent of it and I know I won’t be able to say no. This peppermint bark popcorn begins with 2 bags of microwave popcorn and ends up at a sweet and salty holiday treat covered with almond bark and candy cane pieces.
Recently I made a recipe for Peppermint Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies, and I had a little bit of almond bark and crushed candy canes leftover and I had the most excellent idea! Everyone that has ever tried my Candy Coated Popcorn Recipe (a.k.a. “Crack Corn”) LOVES it, and I thought to myself, what if I made that into a Christmas Crack Popcorn Recipe? I did, and I was so happy about it!
How to make Peppermint Bark Popcorn/Candy Cane Popcorn
Gather your ingredients together, you’ll need white almond bark, vegetable oil, microwave popcorn, crushed candy canes, and (optional) some sugar crystals and peppermint extract.
These simple ingredients will make this big beautiful bowl of white almond bark popcorn with peppermint in minutes!
First, pop your microwave popcorn, and remove as many of the unpopped kernels as you can.
Melt the almond bark and oil in the microwave until smooth. (if you want it to be even more pepperminty add some peppermint extract) Pour over popped corn.
Stir the almond to coat the popcorn and then drop in the crushed candy corn and stir to mix.
Spread it out onto a cookie sheet and dust it with a little more peppermint candy to the top. (add some sparkling sugar crystals if you want — I like the sparkle it gives it)
Let the almond bark set before transferring the popcorn to an airtight container or a Ziploc bag to keep it fresh.
*Find the complete printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
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Peppermint Popcorn Recipe
If you have white chocolate or white chocolate chips on hand, you can also melt them and use them in place of the almond bark, to make a white chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe. I love the ease of the melting when it comes to almond bark though – it melts nice and smooth and I never seem to have a hard time with it getting overheated like I sometimes do with white chocolate.
Peppermint Bark Popcorn as gifts
This peppermint candy coated popcorn makes a great gift for co-workers, neighbors, just about anyone! Wrap it in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon, put it in a cute tin, fill a fun mug or decorative bowl with it, and wrap it up. Who wouldn’t love some??
All sorts of Popcorn and Snack Mix Recipes
When I am not sure what to make, I typically head to the pantry and whip up a snack mix with what I have on hand. Over the years, I have made so many! I gathered all of them together in a “roundup” of recipes that you can see in the recipe photo above. Here are a few of my favorites for Christmastime and Wintertime:
- Candy Coated Crispix Snack Mix
- Winter Wonderland Snack Mix
- Double Chocolate Peppermint Muddy Buddies
Leftover Candy Canes? Here are some ways to use them!
I always seem to end up with leftover candy canes. When it’s close to Christmas, use them up! Here are some great ways to do that:
Make Fudge! My White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge and these Chocolate Mint Candy Cookies are perfect for a cookie tray, and make an amazing gift, too! Another peppermint candy treat I love? This Dark & White Chocolate Peppermint Bark. Plus it is so simple to make.
Stir some holiday flavor into your mug of hot cocoa with a Chocolate Mint Stirring Spoon, or use a candy cane to garnish a White Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Martini! One year I made Homemade Sugar Scrubs for the kids’ teachers, and the Peppermint Sugar Scrub was such a hit!
But for now, let’s make some Peppermint Bark Popcorn. Here’s the recipe!
- 3 squares almond bark
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 bags of microwave popcorn, unpopped kernals removed
- about 1/3 cup crushed candy canes
- a couple of drops of peppermint extract (optional)
- sugar crystals (optional)
- Pop the popcorn as directed on the package. Remove all of the unpopped kernels. Pour into a large bowl.
- Melt almond bark squares and oil in your microwave for one to one and a half minutes, or until you are able to stir into a smooth pourable consistency.
- Pour warm mixture over popcorn and stir to coat.
- After the popcorn is evenly covered, stir in crushed candy canes, reserving a bit for the next step.
- Spread popcorn out onto a large cookie sheet, Sprinkle with remaining candy canes, and let it sit for a little bit for the almond bark to set.
- Transfer it to an airtight container to store.
I typically double or triple this recipe when I make it. When I make that much, I coat the popcorn in a large paper grocery bag, instead of the big bowl. It works better to shake the bag to coat it.
If you want to really give it a stronger peppermint flavor, add a couple of drops of peppermint extract to the melted almond bark before coating the popcorn. The candy canes give it a nice mellow peppermint flavor on their own.
I added sparkling sugar to mine, but it's totally optional to do that!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g
Nutrition isn't guaranteed accurate.