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White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

This white chocolate peppermint popcorn is a wonderful treat to make during the busy holiday season. In this recipe, the popcorn is covered with delicious white chocolate and it’s slightly minty with a touch of crushed peppermint candy. It’s really easy and quick to make too. Actually, the hardest part of making this snack is keeping everyone away from the popcorn until you can finish. So whip up a batch of this tasty popcorn and watch it disappear, or package it in treat boxes, or bags for a special homemade gift.

 

Ingredients

½ cup Popcorn Kernels (makes approximately 16 cups of popcorn)

1 tablespoon Canola Oil

¼ teaspoon Salt, or to taste

8 ounces White Chocolate Chips

¼ cup Crushed Peppermint Candies

 

You will also need:

2 Large Baking Sheets

Parchment Paper

Rubber Spatula

 

Make the Popcorn

Place the popcorn kernels, salt and canola oil in a large, heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat, cover. Give the pot a shake often. When the kernels begin to pop, shake the pot quickly and frequently to prevent the kernels from burning while the popcorn gets going.

 

Continue shaking frequently, when the popping slows to 1-2 seconds between pops; remove the pot from the heat. Uncover immediately to prevent condensation from making the popcorn soggy. Allow the popcorn to cool.

 

Melt the white chocolate

Add the white chocolate chips to a medium bowl. Microwave the white chocolate for 10 seconds on high. Remove it from the microwave oven and stir. Continue microwaving the chips 10 seconds at a time and stirring between each session until the white chocolate is melted and smooth (about 50 seconds to 1 minute total). Don’t just place the chocolate in the microwave for a minute, that won’t work. The chocolate will become a clumpy mess, and unusable.

 

Make the white chocolate peppermint popcorn

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the popcorn evenly on the two baking sheets. Drizzle the white chocolate over the top of the popcorn.

Drizzling White Chocolate on Popcorn using a red spatula

 

Then, sprinkle the crushed peppermint candies and toss gently. Spread the popcorn out on the baking sheet gently using a rubber spatula and allow it to dry.​ Enjoy!

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn on a baking sheet

 

Cook’s Notes:

You may be able to find crushed peppermint candies at craft stores or the supermarket around the Christmas season. If you can’t find them, make your own by crushing a few candy canes. Place the candy canes in a re-sealable bag and tap them gently with a mallet. Wrap the bag in a kitchen towel prior to crushing to avoid a sugary mess on your workstation.

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn served in Christmas themed tins and bowls

 

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Drying Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This white chocolate peppermint popcorn is a wonderful treat to make during the busy holiday season.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, sweets
Servings: 8
Calories: 228 kcal
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Popcorn Kernels makes approximately 16 cups of popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • 8 ounces White Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ cup Crushed Peppermint Candies
You will also need:
  • 2 Large Baking Sheets
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rubber Spatula
Instructions
Make the Popcorn
  1. Place the popcorn kernels, salt and canola oil in a large, heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat, cover. Give the pot a shake often. When the kernels begin to pop, shake the pot quickly and frequently to prevent the kernels from burning while the popcorn gets going.
  2. Continue shaking frequently, when the popping slows to 1-2 seconds between pops; remove the pot from the heat. Uncover immediately to prevent condensation from making the popcorn soggy. Allow the popcorn to cool.
Melt the white chocolate
  1. Add the white chocolate chips to a medium bowl. Microwave the white chocolate for 10 seconds on high. Remove it from the microwave oven and stir. Continue microwaving the chips 10 seconds at a time and stirring between each session until the white chocolate is melted and smooth (about 50 seconds to 1 minute total).

Make the white chocolate peppermint popcorn
  1. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the popcorn evenly on the two baking sheets. Drizzle the white chocolate over the top of the popcorn.
  2. Then, sprinkle the crushed peppermint candies and toss gently. Spread the popcorn out on the baking sheet gently using a rubber spatula and allow it to dry.​

Recipe Notes

Don't just place the chocolate in the microwave for a minute, that won't work.

 

The chocolate will become a clumpy mess, and unusable. You may be able to find crushed peppermint candies at craft stores or the supermarket around the Christmas season. If you can’t find them, make your own by crushing a few candy canes. Place the candy canes in a re-sealable bag and tap them gently with a mallet. Wrap the bag in a kitchen towel prior to crushing to avoid a sugary mess on your workstation.​

Nutrition Facts
White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Potassium 109mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 20g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This white chocolate peppermint popcorn is a wonderful treat to make during the busy holiday season. It’s really easy and quick to make too. Whip up a batch and watch it disappear, or package it in treat boxes, or bags for a special homemade gift. #whitechocolatepopcorn #popcorn #peppermintpopcorn #holidaytreats #christmastreats

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