This Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn is a quick and easy holiday treat that combines festive sweets with a light salt contrast!
Got a sweet tooth and looking for a holiday snack? Here’s a chocolate mint popcorn recipe that’s quick to make and sure to please.
This one is easy to make a couple of hours before cocktail hour as you will want this to cool before serving.
Why You’ll Love this Peppermint Bark Popcorn
You can vary this recipe up in so many combinations and I’ve got some listed below, but maybe you’ll come up with your own special twist!
And since you can change things up so easily, you’ll be able to make this at any time of the year; just add more seasonal ingredients. This popcorn pairs nicely with our Whiskey Champagne cocktail.
This recipe only needs 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes to make. Let’s get started!
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Ingredients
- 1 package microwave popcorn, popped – use your favorite popcorn for this holiday treat; anything with a lightly salty flavor or even a sweet kettle corn will work perfectly.
- 2 oz Ghirardelli chocolate, melted – I love using this brand specifically for its high quality at an affordable price point!
- 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candies – any kind of hard peppermint candy will work here, including candy canes.
- Pop popcorn and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can also used waxed paper.
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of coconut oil, then stir until melted and smooth. This Ghirardelli melting chocolate is fantastic to use in this recipe.
- You can use chocolate chips instead if you don’t have baking chocolate pieces. Then drizzle the warm chocolate over the popped popcorn.
- Immediately sprinkle the crushed peppermint over chocolate. Do it right away so the peppermint pieces will stick to the chocolate. You can also melt candy slowly in the microwave and then drizzle onto the popcorn.
- Let chocolate set then break into pieces. Serve at room temperature and enjoy this decadent snack! Store extra in an airtight container but try to eat it in a day or two!
Can I use white chocolate instead of dark chocolate?
Yes, you can absolutely make white chocolate peppermint popcorn instead of dark chocolate! And it will taste fabulous, just like this does.
Where to buy peppermint popcorn?
As much as I would LOVE you to try this quick appie, maybe you just want to skip the work and open a bag. OK, here you go – premade Peppermint Popcorn.
How to store peppermint popcorn?
Keep the popcorn in an airtight container somewhere at room temperature. If you live somewhere warm, be sure to store it somewhere cool and dry so the chocolate doesn’t get too melty. You can also store it in a festive metal tin, especially if you plan to give this holiday popcorn away as a homemade gift!
How long will peppermint popcorn last?
Stored properly, your popcorn should last for a week or so. But it’s best enjoyed within a couple of days of preparing it!
Popular Variations and Substitutions
- Add Christmas sprinkles for an even prettier bowl of popcorn. You can even use other colors of sprinkles to customize this popcorn for any occasion. You may want to omit the peppermint candies if you’re making your popcorn treat for a holiday or event outside the winter season.
- To be extra fancy, you can also stove-pop your own popcorn for a super authentic and old fashioned feeling.
- If you love caramel, replace the chocolate with melted caramel. Or use both for extra sweetness!
- Add salt if you want your popcorn to be both salty and sweet!
- Add some walnut or pecan pieces for some extra crunchy goodness. To drive home the sweetness, cook them in some white and/or brown sugar in a pan to candy them!
- Use crushed candy canes instead of (or in addition to) the peppermints.
- Melt and drizzle a small amount of coconut oil along with the chocolate to stabilize it and ensure it won’t seize up while melting.
- For color and flavor variation, use white chocolate too. Create a striped effect by melting the white chocolate in the same way as the dark and drizzle it over top.
Looking for More Unique Recipes?
- Here’s our Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn – perfect for a cool afternoon.
- A more substantial appetizer is this scrumptious and beautiful Cheese Ball shaped like pine cones!
- Try these Peach Shooters as a late afternoon cocktail treat.
- Check here for more holiday cocktail recipes.
This Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn makes a tasty snack for cocktail hour!
Peppermint Bark Popcorn Recipe
- 1 package popped microwave popcorn
- 2 oz Ghirardelli chocolate, melted
- 2/3 cup crushed peppermint pieces
- Pop popcorn and pour on parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Melt chocolate in microwave slowly and stir until smooth
- Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn while warm
- Sprinkle crushed peppermint over chocolate
- Leave chocolate to set for about an hour.
- Break into smaller pieces.
- Serve at room temperature.
- You can use white chocolate instead of or in addition to the dark chocolate.
- Some additional toppings: caramel sauce, candied nuts, festive sprinkles.
- Feel free to make this recipe with stove-popped popcorn. We like the ease of using a microwave popcorn but if you prefer to pop it yourself have at it!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g