Peppermint Popcorn is a delicious snack that is as fun to make as it is to eat! A crunchy, sweet, and minty holiday treat you’ll want to share (or not) either way, make a double batch just in case.
Peppermint popcorn may not sound like your traditional flavor combination but I can assure you that the two work really well together!
This white chocolate candy cane popcorn is such an amazing holiday treat that you’ll want to include it at your holiday parties and gatherings. You’ll love having a Christmas white chocolate popcorn recipe in your delicious arsenal of easy dessert ideas.
Making this Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe
You can make your own popcorn using kernels and a stovetop pot, or by using microwave popcorn. The instructions for both are included down below so keep reading!
This peppermint popcorn can use crushed peppermint from candy canes, peppermint sticks, peppermint breath mints, storebought crushed peppermint candies.
Can you freeze white chocolate popcorn?
While you probably could freeze the popcorn and have it turn out tasting okay, the popcorn may taste soft or chewy once it thaws. For this reason, I recommend trying a small portion of popcorn in the freezer and then seeing if it ends up the way you like it so that you don’t have to risk ruining an entire batch of peppermint popcorn.
How long does white chocolate popcorn last?
In our house, it never lasts long but that could also be because I usually reserve it for large holiday parties where there are multiple guests. For best results, I recommend eating it within a week, but once you taste the irresistible white chocolate peppermint popcorn, you shouldn’t have an issue with that.
Peppermint Popcorn Ingredients
-3/4 cup of popcorn kernels or 5-6 bags of popped microwave popcorn
-1/4 cup canola, vegetable or coconut oil (you won’t need this if you’re using a microwave popcorn)
-1 package white chocolate bark, broken into individual squares
-1 cup crushed peppermint pieces (about 2 sticks or 10 candy canes)
How to make white chocolate popcorn with peppermint
How to pop the popcorn on the stove:
Pour oil in a large pot and heat on medium-high for 2 minutes.
Add in popcorn kernels and cover, gently shaking the pot occasionally.
Once popcorn begins to pop, decrease heat slightly and shake the pot more consistently.
Remove pot from heat once you can count to 3 between pops.
Remove unpopped kernels and pour popcorn into 1 giant bowl or 2 large bowls. Salt popcorn lightly if desired.
If using microwave popcorn, pop it and set it aside in a large bowl.
Microwave your white chocolate bark on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.
Stir gently, then microwave for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
Pour the chocolate over popcorn and sprinkle peppermint pieces on top. Stir thoroughly to coat.
Spread on wax paper to cool. Break pieces up gently and enjoy!
- 3/4 cup popcorn kernels or 5-6 bags of microwave popcorn
- 1/4 cup canola vegetable or coconut oil*
- 1 package white chocolate bark/ coating broken into individual squares (1 lb 8 oz)
- 1 cup crushed peppermint pieces 2 sticks or 10 candy canes
- *omit if using microwave popcorn
- To pop popcorn on the stove: Pour oil in a large pot and heat on medium-high for 2 minutes. Add in popcorn kernels and cover, gently shaking the pot occasionally. Once popcorn begins to pop, decrease heat slightly and shake the pot more consistently. Remove pot from heat once you can count to 3 between pops. Remove unpopped kernels and pour popcorn into 1 giant bowl or 2 large bowls. Salt popcorn lightly if desired.
- Microwave chocolate bark on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir gently, then microwave for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
- Pour chocolate over popcorn and sprinkle peppermint pieces on top. Stir thoroughly to coat. Spread on wax paper to cool. Break pieces up gently and enjoy!
How to store white chocolate popcorn
White chocolate popcorn should be kept in an airtight container such as a Ziploc bag or another sealed container. This will help to keep your popcorn as fresh as possible for as long as possible. Leaving it exposed to the air for too long can make any popcorn variety go stale.
How long will white chocolate popcorn keep?
While caramel covered popcorn may last several weeks, white chocolate popcorn has a shorter shelf life. It can last a few days and taste great but you could possibly extend it to a week or two if the right conditions are met. As always, the fresher it is, the better it tastes, which is one of the reasons why you may not get to see the exact estimated shelf life of the popcorn as you will have no doubt eaten it long before then.
Love popcorn? So do we! Here are some other popcorn recipes to try!
- Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn
- Caramel Popcorn Cake
- Better than Caramel Popcorn
- Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Pretty in Pink Popcorn
- Chocolate Popcorn
- Caramel Popcorn
- Game Day Popcorn Mix
- Halloween Popcorn Mix
- Snickers Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Homemade Stovetop Popcorn
- Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn
Peppermint Popcorn is a delicious holiday treat that you’ll enjoy bringing to your next holiday party or gathering. The crunchy, sweet and minty combination is one that will bring everyone back for more!