Monday, December 6, 2010

Peppermint Bark Popcorn

I'm just a fanatic about peppermint as I'm am with pumpkin, there are so many oh-so-yummy peppermint desserts out there and I'm going to try just about all of them! :)
First up is Peppermint Bark popcorn from Our Best Bites. ummm...yum! Another two of my favorite things put together! I didn't have a whole lb of almond bark, so it turned out a little dry, so you should definitely use the full amount of everything that's called for and get the full experience! :)
Notice my candle and plate in the background? See I am a complete peppermint fanatic! But can you blame me!? :) It would make a very cute, yummy, festive gift for someone!

Peppermint Bark Popcorn
Recipe by Our Best Bites

16-20 C popped popcorn (fresh, or about 2 bags microwave popcorn)

1 lb Almond Bark

1 6oz box candy canes, crushed. (About 1-1 1/2 C total and
Bob's are the best!)
2 tea. peppermint extract, or a few drops of peppermint oil
3/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
*one bag microwave popcorn has about 10 cups in it, so if you're air-popping, do about 20 cups.

Place popcorn in a very large mixing bowl. Unwrapping the candy canes to crush them is the most labor intensive step of this easy treat, so you can do that ahead of time if you want too. I put my candy canes in a large zip-lock bag and have a whack with a heavy marble rolling pin. One they're crushed, dump them into the bowl with the popcorn.
To melt the almond bark, follow the instructions on the package. I just break it up and put it in a glass measuring cup and microwave on 1 min intervals until it's nice and smooth.
When your almond bark is melted, add the peppermint extract. It will seize a little bit (get kind of lumpy) but it's totally fine. If you use a peppermint oil it shouldn't seize at all, just make sure to only use a few drops as oil is stronger than extract. Pour over popcorn and candy canes. Stir it up really well until the candy is evenly distributed. Pour the popcorn out onto a piece of waxed paper, parchment, or foil. Spread it out into an even layer and leave it alone!
While the popcorn is setting, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. I really like dark chocolate to counter-balance the sweetness of the almond bark, but I know there's a lot of dark haters, so do what you want!
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. You can use a fork, or put it in a zip-lock bag with the corner cut off.
Leave it until the almond bark and the chocolate is hardened. If you need to hurry it up, do this whole process on lined cookie sheets you can pop in the fridge. When chocolate is hardened, use your hands to break up popcorn into chunks. Toss in a bowl, a jar, a cute package, or in your mouth :)

1 comments from awesome people!:

Jen and Dale said...

Laura, You are AMAZING! It looks so yummy! I'll have to try this one soon :) Thanks for posting the recipe!