L.I.T.T.L.E. – December 16, 2016
Peppermint bark is one of my favorite candies for the holidays! Add that with one of my most favorite snacks, popcorn, and we have a recipe for a waistline disaster! There are a lot of recipes out there for Peppermint Bark Popcorn. This one is an adaptation from Cooking Classy’s Peppermint Bark Popcorn. I love my sweet things to be a little more on the savory side, so here’s my take on this classic winter holiday gift snack!
Peppermint Bark Sea Salt Popcorn
Prep: About 15 minutes
- 1/4 C Un-popped Popcorn
- 2 C White Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 3-4 drops and 1-2 drops Peppermint Oil (or extract)
- 6-8 Candy Canes (crushed)
- Oil Spray
- Sea Salt
Crush candy canes and set aside. Then pop the popcorn how you like (we love air-popped!). While popcorn is popping, set up a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put popcorn in a large bowl, removing un-popped kernels. Spray popcorn with oil (I love to use my Misto for spraying healthier oils and avoiding aerosol sprays) then sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Toss popcorn, spray oil, and sprinkle sea salt until popcorn is evenly seasoned.
Using the directions for melting, melt white chocolate in the microwave until smooth: 45 seconds and stir, then 15 second increments, stirring vigorously after each interval until melted. Add 3-4 drops peppermint oil to the white chocolate. Stir well. Working quickly, pour white chocolate over popcorn and mix thoroughly. Now spread over the parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the popcorn while the white chocolate is still wet.
As that cools, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Add 1-2 drops peppermint oil and stir well. Scoop melted chocolate into a small Ziploc bag and snip the corner to create a mini-piping bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. You can let the popcorn sit out on the counter to set or pop in the refrigerator or freezer for faster setting (so you can eat it sooner!). Once set, break up the peppermint bark popcorn into pieces. Enjoy and store leftovers in an air-tight container!