Poppin’ in the Holidays
Popcorn is such a delicious and simple salty snack. Chocolate is also a delicious and simple sweet snack. It only seems right to put the two together, right? And the refreshing taste of peppermint just screams holiday season! It was only a matter of time that these three flavors would join in perfect marriage of sweet, salty, and holiday cheer. Enjoy this yummy snack after dinner or package it up in a cute holiday box for a great DIY gift for friends and family.
Handmade and Homemade
This is the year for handmade and homemade holiday gifts for everyone. I wanted to keep gifts under a tight budget soooo everyone’s getting something made my yours truly! No matter the price, it is always nice to give a gift and see someone’s face light up with a smile. I actually prefer the homemade and handmade gifts over store bought because it represent time, effort, and loving thought put into that gift. Even if it’s something small or simple, it’s from the heart. And that is what this season is all about!
There is a popcorn store I love going to with SO many flavors of popcorn. They have samples all over the store and I will walk in and taste test them ALL–popcorn is my kryptonite. The flavors are so creative and all so tasty! And popcorn is truly a perfect canvas for creativity. Its natural flavor is so subtle that really any added flavor will shine through. My Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn has been a hit so far in our household so why not share the joy?! The important thing to remember when creating edible gifts is the shelf life. I love this recipe because it will stay for a good while in a closed container. If it is packaged in a jar or tin, this popcorn can survive being mailed across the country and still be delicious when received.
Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
If you are looking for a delicious gift that will be popular with pretty much all who receive it, try this popcorn recipe. And get creative with the flavors! Use regular sandwich cookies instead of peppermint; use a little bit of caramel drizzle for some extra sweets; go for white chocolate and dark chocolate for a zebra popcorn….have FUN with it! P.S. I totally channeled my inner Jackson Pollock with this recipe 🙂 That Art History degree paid off!
- 6 chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies
- 1/2c dark chocolate chips
- 1/3c popcorn kernels
- Place cookies in a large plastic bag. Using a rolling pin (or other heavy, smooth object), break up cookies into very small pieces. Set aside.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pop popcorn using an air popper (no oil!). Place all popped popcorn in one layer on lined baking sheet. Remove any un-popped kernels. Let cool completely.
- Over a double boiler or a heat-resistant bowl over a pot of simmering water, place chocolate chips into top bowl. Melt slowly and stir constantly once chocolate ships start to melt. Continue until all chocolate chips are melted into an even mixture.
- Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over cooled popcorn.
- Sprinkle smashed peppermint cookie pieces over popcorn while chocolate is still warm.
- Let stand and set on the counter for at least 30 minutes. The chocolate should be completely hardened.
- Serve or keep in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to a week.