Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day and there’s so much to be made. I have a love of chocolate and have found covering fruits, popcorn and other confections just makes life a little sweeter. The holidays are right around the corner now, so I’ve decided to start brainstorming what treats I can make for parties, family gatherings, and also for cute DIY gifts. I’ve taken my love of peppermint bark and decided to turn it into dark chocolate covered peppermint popcorn; a treat that is sure to please. This recipe will give a sweet and salty flavor, along with a crunch from the popcorn and peppermint.
Instead of using butter to melt down my chocolate, I’ll be using coconut oil, which can be replaced in any recipe in a 1:1 ratio. Coconut oil has been my go-to ingredient for melting chocolate, especially white chocolate. The clumps and burning that have once occurred will be no more. Since I had all the ingredients in my pantry and already purchased candy canes to put onto my Christmas tree, I decided to whip up a batch this weekend for a party. This recipe was a hit! Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:
¼ cup whole grain popcorn kernels
1 small brown paper bag
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract, to taste
1 tablespoon Kelapo Coconut Oil
2 candy canes, crushed
- Fill brown paper bag with kernels. Fold bag over 3 or 4 times.
- Place bag upside down in microwave, making sure it is steady so it doesn’t fall over during microwaving. Microwave for 3 minutes or until you hear the kernel popping slow down to about 2 seconds between pops.
- Pour popcorn onto a large sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place dark chocolate chips and coconut oil over a double boil until completely melted. Add in peppermint extract and stir thoroughly.
- Drizzle dark chocolate over popcorn, coating to your liking.
- Next, sprinkle crushed candy canes over the top layer and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to set.
- Serve popcorn in a decorative bowl for everyone to enjoy!
If you’d like to add a little more holiday spirit to this popcorn, try adding an additional layer of a white chocolate drizzle. This popcorn is perfect to place in gift bags for a cute gift or treat for friends and family. Looking for more peppermint recipes? My peppermint bark is another hit that’s sure to keep the festivities going!