I just realized I never posted my recipe for this! We made this on Christmas day I think. . . and it was so easy. Even better, it was delicious, and I don't care for peppermint, so that's saying something!
You will need 1 cup of smashed candy canes, 16 oz white chocolate bark(vanilla almondbark? Is that the same thing? Worked for us!), and 4 qt popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup unpopped kernals). Simple, right?
First, we gathered up all the leftover and broken candy canes, put them in a ziplock bag, and smashed them. The recipe calls for one cup of smashed candy canes--I had maybe 6 or 7 canes which was enough for about 3/4 cup and it was plenty.
Either roll them with a rolling pin, or hand them over to your resident smasher with a mallet! Ethan did a great job of smashing our candy canes. You want an almost sand-like consistency.
Meanwhile, pop your popcorn and melt 16 oz vanilla almond/white chocolate bark on a double broiler--it's better to do it that way than in the microwave, much less likely to burn. I in fact do not own a double broiler (next year, Santa?) so I did the old school technique of a pot inside a pot. I boiled about an inch of water just beneath my second pot. I stirred the chocolate quite often to get an even melt and avoid burn.
Looks creamy and yummy now!
Now, take half of your crushed candy canes and add them to the melted chocolate.
Stir it up good.
Then start folding it into the popcorn. Stir carefully so you don't pulverize your popcorn.
When its all mixed and gooey, add the other half of the candy canes--this last step gives the popcorn a prettier appearance and just the slightest crunch of candy cane crystals when you devour your popcorn treat.
Which you will, because gosh dang, it's good!
Try it, seriously the easiest new recipe I tried this past season!