Friday, December 3, 2010

Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Recipe courtesy of Our Best Bites
(check there for photos, etc.)

2 bags microwave popcorn
1 lb Almond Bark (or white chocolate chips)
1 6oz box candy canes, crushed. (About 1-1 1/2 C)

2 tea. peppermint extract, or a few drops of peppermint oil

3/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place popcorn in a very large mixing bowl.

Crush the candy canes (easiest, although very noisy, if done in a food processor or blender).

Melt the almond bark, (or white chocolate) in your microwave. (cook on 1 min intervals, and stir in between until 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, add crushed candycanes and stir to combine.

Pour the popcorn out onto a piece of waxed paper, parchment, or foil. Spread it out into an even layer and let it "dry".

While the popcorn is setting, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn.

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