Peppermint Bark Popcorn


Like me, do you wait until the last minute to make a holiday treat for your friends or neighbors? If you answered yes, then this recipe has definitely got you covered. It’s nothing like those 4 hour long recipes that seem as though they take all day to prepare, then 4 hours more to rest in the fridge. This recipe takes about 10 – 15 minutes to make and it is completely addictive! Not to mention it’s got holiday festiveness written all over it, especially once you add the Christmas sprinkles. If you like salty and sweet you could even add in 1 1/4 cups of broken pretzel pieces along with the popcorn.

Peppermint Bark Popcorn (easy 10 minute recipe)| Cooking Classy

This recipe definitely deserves to make it to this years treat list. Trust me, you’ll be so glad it did! Happy Holidays and enjoy!

Peppermint Bark Popcorn (easy 10 minute recipe)| Cooking Classy

Peppermint Bark Popcorn (easy 10 minute recipe)| Cooking Classy


Peppermint Bark Popcorn

5 from 1 vote

Yield: 10 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (10 cups popped)
  • 12 oz vanilla candy melts or vanilla almond bark
  • 5 peppermint candy canes , finely crushed (crush until it's half powder half tiny pieces. Scant 1/2 cup)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • 1/2 cup good quality chocolate chips (milk, semi or bitter-sweet, whichever you prefer)
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract


  1. Pop kernels in a popcorn popper according to manufacturers directions, into a very large bowl (if you don't have a popcorn popper, you can also do it in a brown paper bag in the microwave - see instructions here. Removed un-popped kernals). Melt candy melts according to directions listed on package. Pour melted candy melts over popcorn and toss to evenly coat, then set aside 1 Tbsp of crushed candy canes and immediately (before coating hardens) add remaining crushed candy canes to popcorn and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle with Christmas or red sprinkles if desired. Spread onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper into a single layer (add more sprinkles if desired).
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Stir peppermint extract into melted chocolate. Transfer to a piping bag (cut tip from corner) and drizzle evenly over popcorn. Sprinkle remaining 1 Tbsp candy canes over chocolate and allow chocolate to set at room temperature, then break popcorn into pieces. Store in an airtight container.


  • vanillasugarblog: this year I cannot get enough of peppermint baking and creating.
    I just crave it so much, I think it was all that pumpkin–I got so sick of it.
    LOL December 19, 2013 at 5:20pm Reply

  • Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness: Popcorn and peppermint bark!? It’s like two of my favorite things had a baby. This looks incredible…and easy! Pinned! December 20, 2013 at 5:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for pinning Taylor! December 20, 2013 at 3:00pm Reply

  • Karen: I have just made these muffins, smelling heavenly, but it took more than the 12 muffin pan to make. Did you use jumbo size tins?
    Thanks December 20, 2013 at 11:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m guessing you made the doughnut muffins? Even though I don’t know if that’s exactly what you’re referring to I know that it would be the regular size pan because I don’t even own jumbo tins :). They are filled very full though (the doughnut muffins) it gives them a nice domed top. December 20, 2013 at 2:48pm Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Bakng Talent: Love how festive this is…this would make a great gift for a neighbor. Plus I love how its a quick recipe. December 20, 2013 at 5:50pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I love how easy this is! And you know I could munch on this all year long! December 23, 2013 at 12:57am Reply

  • Debra: I have renamed this to Christmas Crack aka Peppermint bark Popcorn!! Just made seveal batches for coworker gifts. This stuff is addicting.I did one batch with chocolate drizzle didn’t care for it. Rest of batches no drizzle are perfect!! December 17, 2014 at 8:24am Reply

  • Allison: Just tried this for the first time. Popcorn seems soggy after set. Anyone else every had this problem? Wondering if I put in refriderator after coating with almond bark & peppermints would help. December 20, 2015 at 9:54am Reply

  • Jessica.: This is SO addicting. I tried it for the first time this christmas and am about to make my fourth double batch for people. Great recipe!! December 30, 2015 at 11:46am Reply

  • Jackie: I added a cup of marshmallows & its great! December 12, 2016 at 11:00pm Reply

  • Sarah: I was melting the milk chocolate when I added the peppermint extract it started to get really chunky, it was too stiff to put in a bag to spread over the popcorn. How can I add the peppermint extract without it getting chunky? Everything else worked splendidly. Any advice to help me with that. -Sarah August 29, 2017 at 1:52pm Reply

  • Vanessa: I’ve made this a couple of times, the past two Christmas seasons if I am remembering correctly, and I’m back again to make it this year! So yummy! I can’t wait. Thanks for the brilliant recipe! December 14, 2017 at 8:21am Reply

  • Trudy Ovard: Yes, I made the Peppermint Bark Popcorn last year for a family party and everyone LOVED it. This year I am making it for our neighbor gift. Thanks for the great, tasty and easy recipe! December 15, 2017 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! So glad you loved it Trudy! December 18, 2017 at 3:28pm Reply

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