Candy Cane Popcorn

During the Christmas season I’m always looking for friend and neighbor gifts that are tasty, pretty, and easy. This Candy Cane Popcorn is all three. I recently guest posted this over at Sweet Bennana & Sam as part of her holiday round up. I know it sounds simple but these three ingredients come together to create magic. This creamy popcorn tastes like Christmas! I was surprised how much I enjoyed it because it was so easy to throw together and when you’re making mass amounts of edible gifts, that’s important. This is definitely on the top of my favorite popcorn list.

I tested it out on my neighbor’s taste buds too. Yes, I’m that crazy woman giving my neighbors Christmas treats in November. They all gave me the thumbs up.

If you want to make these cute tags, just print this document I made here on some white cardstock. Here are the Candy Cane Popcorn Tags.

You can pop your own popcorn but I actually just used one bag of microwavable popcorn which turned out to be 8 cups. Just don’t use one that’s super heavy on butter. You want a blank canvas to put your toppings on. Crushed candy canes are stirred into the almond bark to help it stick to the popcorn with additional candy canes sprinkled on top.

Package it up with some festive tissue paper in little takeout boxes. You will love this!

Candy Cane Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces vanilla almond bark (see note)
  • 12 peppermint candy canes, crushed in a food processor to fine crumbs (or by hand)
  • 8 cups popped popcorn

Instructions

  1. Place popcorn in a very large bowl.
  2. Melt almond bark according to package directions.
  3. Stir 1/2 cup of the crushed candy canes into the melted bark and pour over the popcorn. Stir thoroughly coating popcorn while sprinkling with remaining crushed candy canes.
  4. Lay popcorn on a parchment lined cookie sheet to cool.
  5. Break into pieces and package up for gifts.

Notes

This time of year almond bark can usually be found in your grocery store. I also can find it at Target and I can always find it at Walmart. It melts so much better than white chocolate.

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  1. Looks great!

  2. This looks delicious, and your packaging is beautiful!

  3. I wish you were my neighbor! haha!

  4. wow this looks fantastic!

  5. i love peppermint!! Wilton makes a seasonal candy cane candy melt!! then it’s only 2 ingredients!!

  6. fantastic! I think I will be making this for the kids teachers, how long do you think that it could be stored for? many thanks

  7. I found make your own Almond Bark Vanilla flavored coating. Is that what is supposed to be used? There are no almonds in it, it’s just the coating.

  8. Hello,

    Do you think white candy melts would work? Or white chocolate? I am allergic to every nut but the peanut (crazy, I know).

    Thanks!

    • White chocolate would work but it’s just not as easy to melt and coat. I don’t know if it’s true but a reader who is allergic to nuts emailed me and said there aren’t actually nuts in almond bark believe it or not. I’m not telling you to try it but that’s what she said.

  9. This looks so yummy and easy! I can’t wait to try it out…and possibly gain a few pounds!

  10. This is perfection! I heart anything peppermint flavored:)

  11. Wow, these look sooo good.
    Definitely making them this Christmas season.
    Thx!

  12. We like a harder sugar cookie, anyone know one i could use

  13. I have some leftover crushed peppermint from my holiday baking. About how many cups would you say 12 candy canes amounts to?

  14. This looks awesome! Anything that is easy and delicious gets my attention this time of year!

  15. YUM! I cannot stop eating this popcorn. I changed it up to make it go further. So I used 3 bags of popcorn instead of one and it tasted perfect to me!

  16. Hi Christy,
    Loved this recipe and made it last night. Mine isn’t as adorable looking as yours, but it turned out great and everyone loved it. I’ve featured it in my Charmingly Chocolate newsletter today and encouraged my readers to check out your blog. Maybe I can feature you again in another newsletter later this year. Your photos and ideas are fantastic.
    Blessings for the new year,
    Angie
    Here’s the link to the newsletter if you want to check it out
    http://www.chocolate-candy-mall.com/Charmingly_Chocolate-peppermint-candy-recipe.html