Peppermint Popcorn

Alright, I was dinking around & made some (easy) peppermint popcorn. You can get more elaborate, doing the white chocolate separate from the mint, which is fine; this is just faster.

The recipe, though modified, came from the internet. I wanted it simple, easy & quick. I went over quite a few recipes, & a few that just didn’t have it. You can make this in bulk for the holiday party, if you’d like. It holds up pretty well too.

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Main recipe is this. If you’d like just chocolate, substitute the mint candy, for chocolate.

1 bag of kettle corn (You want the mushroom popcorn). You can pop your own or buy a already made bag (I won’t tell).

20 pieces of Hershey’s white chocolate peppermint kisses (minced & chopped or all minced) divided (15 & 5)

1 tsp cooking oil I use olive oil (veggie oil is fine)

salt (optional)

Get a baking sheet & butter it, or use parchment paper. I buttered mine & tossed it in the freezer to help cool the warm/coated popcorn.

OPTION 2 Recipe (more homemade)

Pop 9-12 tablespoons of regular popcorn (see article) remove un-popped pieces

20 pieces of Hershey’s white chocolate peppermint kisses (minced & chopped or all minced) divided

1 tsp cooking oil (veggie oil is ok)

1/2 tsp peppermint extract/oil (food safe, not the stuff in your candle making kit)

salt (optional)

Get a baking sheet & line it with cellophane (plastic) wrap
Pour popcorn into large popcorn bowl. Set aside.
Chop up 15 pieces of candy & put in a microwave safe bowl with the oil.
Mince the remaining 5 pieces, which you’ll sprinkle over the mixed popcorn when it’s on the baking sheet.
Nuke the 15 pieces for 30 seconds & stir. Nuke for another 12 seconds & stir again.

Add peppermint extract & stir (optional)

Spoon over popcorn that is in the bowl & stir (flip for the talented). Keep doing this, till you’re out of melted candy. Melted candy & bowl will be HOT
Stir & fold (or bowl flip) popcorn a few times to mix the warm candy & to coat as much of the popcorn as you can.
Spread that on to the baking sheet (I used a 1/4 sheet pan & the one from my toaster oven, see pics).
Sprinkle the 5 pieces of minced candy over the top & let it cool. I stuck it back in the freezer. I also opted to sprinkle some salt over it, as I love the contrast of sweet & salty.

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If you used a bag of kettle corn, you can put the coated popcorn back in (recycle), after it’s cooled. Otherwise, put it in a bowl.

Secret ingredient? Sprinkle some instant chocolate over the still warm popcorn. Not a lot, just a dusting. Ginger, cinnamon & such are also very good toppers this way.

Tips: You can shave cut two-three pieces easy, by rocking your knife & cutting/shaving the candy with the back of the blade. Then just ‘chop’ the shaved bits till it’s smaller. This helps speed up the melting process, & makes for better coverage, when sprinkling.

If you use your grinder attachment, be sure to do it in small batches, as the motor may heat up the candy & melt it, especially on your little coffee/spice grinders-FYI.

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