This Peppermint Bark Popcorn recipe is the perfect sweet and salty treat for holiday parties or snacking while watching your favorite Christmas movies!
Easy Peppermint Bark Popcorn
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is eating peppermint bark candy. Not gonna lie…I do a little happy dance the first time I see Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares hit the shelves!
This peppermint bark popcorn is inspired by my favorite Christmas candy. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty and a delicious holiday treat!
Anytime my husband and I go to the movies, we always pour some M&Ms into our bag of popcorn because chocolate and popcorn taste so good together!
This almond bark peppermint popcorn takes the whole chocolate popcorn thing to the next level. It’s SO good!! And easy to make!
Here’s the breakdown:
Fluffy, buttery popcorn drizzled with rich chocolate almond bark and creamy melted peppermint chips and finished with a dusting of crunchy crushed candy canes. Sounds heavenly right??
So let’s get to it!!
Related: Try our Peppermint Bark Brownies too!
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What You Need to Make Peppermint Bark Popcorn:
- 6 cups popcorn, popped
- 1 cup chocolate almond bark or chocolate chips
- 1 cup peppermint chips
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup crushed peppermint pieces
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What is Almond Bark?
Chocolate Almond Bark is a type of melting chocolate that is often used in recipes that require melting chocolate because it is easy to work with. It commonly comes in regular chocolate and white chocolate almond bark varieties and is typically found on the baking aisle.
Despite the name, chocolate almond bark has nothing to do with almonds and does not contain almonds. I’m not actually sure how it got the name!
Can You Use Chocolate Chips Instead?
Absolutely! While almond bark is used in this recipe because it is ideal for melting, there are a couple substitutes you can use if you don’t have almond bark on hand.
Chocolate melting wafers are also perfect because they are created with the intention of melting. They have ingredients added to make for smooth, creamy chocolate when melted — both in taste and appearance.
You can also use melted chocolate chips for this recipe. If you do so, I recommend stirring in a Tablespoon of shortening or coconut oil during the melting process. This helps the chocolate melt smoothly and evenly.
First, prep a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick silicone baking mat (one of my personal favorite kitchen tools!)
Spread already popped (and cooled) popcorn in an even layer, covering the entire surface of the your prepared pan.
TIP: Try our Instant Pot Popcorn Recipe! It’s easy and the best tasting popcorn ever!
Melt almond bark in 20-25 second intervals in the microwave — be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl and handle carefully! Stir in-between heatings, until melted and smooth.
TIP: If you don’t have almond bark on hand, you can also use melting wafers or milk/dark chocolate chips. If using chocolate chips, stir in a Tablespoon of coconut oil or shortening to ensure smooth melting.
Repeat with the peppermint baking pieces so that both and melted and pourable.
Drizzle first the melted chocolate over the popcorn, then the melted peppermint candy.
While chocolate is still wet, sprinkle popcorn with crushed candy canes or peppermints.
We do the candy coating process on a large flat pan for even coverage. However, you can also place the popcorn in a large bowl and toss to coat.
Give your candy cane popcorn 30 minutes or so to set before enjoying or packaging. It makes an excellent gift idea!
How to Store You Chocolate Covered Popcorn
Homemade candied popcorn lasts for quite a while at room temperature! Store in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
You’ll know it’s time to make a new batch if the popcorn feels soft or the chocolate looks damp.
More of our Most Popular Peppermint Recipes
- Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream
- Peppermint Kiss Cookies
- Tipsy Peppermint Mocha Drink
- Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
- Candy Cane Brownie Bombs
- Candy Cane Layer Cake
- Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Candy Cane Jello Shots
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Peppermint Bark Popcorn
- 6 Cups Popcorn popped
- 1 Cup Chocolate Almond Bark or chocolate chips
- 1 Cup Peppermint Chips
- 1/2 Cup Peppermint Pieces crushed
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Spread the popcorn in an even layer on the prepared cookie sheet.
- Melt chocolate almond bark or chocolate chups in 25 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each increment until melted and smooth.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn.
- Repeat melting and drizzling steps with peppermint chips.
- While chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with crushed peppermints.
- Let set/dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving or packaging.
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