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One of my best friends was craving peppermint bark the other day (on Facebook) and it inspired me to make this holiday-themed popcorn because she’s a popcorn lover. And it just so happens, this is another irresistible Christmas food-gift idea that will keep and package well for all your gift-giving needs. In fact, check out our new Food Gifts category in the Recipe Index.
And, in this recipe, I will also reveal my secrets as to how I’ve been making popcorn from scratch without a popcorn-maker since we moved to Alaska at a fraction of the cost of store-bought. It’s healthier and nothing beats the taste of homemade popcorn with real melted butter and salt. Nothing. What’s my secret? Brown paper lunch sacks. Seriously. Check it out.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Popcorn
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
- 1/3c unpopped popcorn
- 1 large brown paper lunch sack ("jumbo" is what mine were called)
- 2c white chocolate chips
- 1/2c of crushed candy canes
- fine sea salt
Pour unpopped popcorn into brown paper bag and fold top of bag over three times. Lay bag seam side down (so that the folds don't reopen during popping) in microwave. Microwave for about 1:45 to 2 minutes, or on your microwave's popcorn setting, if it's reliable.
Pour popped popcorn into a bowl and separate out any unpopped kernels.
Melt white chocolate chips in microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
Drizzle half of the melted chocolate over the popcorn. Carefully stir. Drizzle the rest of the chocolate over popcorn and stir again. Fold in crushed peppermint.
Spread popcorn out on parchment paper or greased foil, sprinkle with sea salt, and allow to sit until set. I put mine in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes.
Break popcorn apart and store in bags or an airtight container.