It’s Christmas eve and finally ready to start my holiday baking. Last minute, maybe? Definitely. But I’m okay with that. My favourite Chex mix is in the oven toasting. I’m about to make tiramisu for the first time. And I busted out the white chocolate and candy canes for something a little different this year.
Usually I make peppermint bark. First, this recipe was my standby and then this one took over. Both are wonderful. But I wanted to try something different this year. So I added popcorn which makes everything better.
It’s just as easy and not too sweet. Candy canes get crushed in a food processor (tip: use ear plugs because pulverizing candy is LOUD). Popcorn gets popped (I use a hot air popper but your favourite method should be fine too). White chocolate gets melted. There’s some peppermint oil too. Mix, stir, salt and cool and you’ve got something festive and delicious.
This recipe also makes a ton so there’s enough for sharing, last-minute gifting and selfish snacking to your favourite Christmas movie. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and spend time with the people you love the most!!
salted white chocolate candy cane popcorn
10 c freshly popped plain popcorn
6 regular-sized candy canes, unwrapped
500 grams of white chocolate buttons or chips (I used Callebaut – the good stuff)
4-8 drops peppermint oil
Divide popcorn into 2 large bowls. Crush candy canes using a food processor – the closer to powder you can get it the better, but some chunks are good too!
Melt white chocolate in a pot over boiling water (bain marie) or in the microwave. When smooth and melted, add in a few drops of peppermint oil, depending on how minty you think you’d like. Pour melted chocolate over the popcorn and then add in the crushed candy canes. Stir well so that everything is evenly coated.
Spread popcorn out evenly over 2 baking sheets covered in parchment. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Let cool (I placed the pans in front of an open window to cool things down quickly) so that the chocolate hardens. Pack in tightly sealed containers or dig right in!