Peppermint Bark Popcorn
16 c. popped popcorn (fresh, or about 2 bags microwave unbuttered, natural/salted popcorn)
1 lb. almond bark
1 6-oz. box candy canes (12-ct.), crushed (about 1 generous c., Bob’s brand are best!)
1/4 tsp. peppermint oil or 2 tsp. peppermint extract*
3/4 c. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
* Flavored oils (for candy making) will combine best with the almond bark, if you can find them. Otherwise, if using extract, the almond bark will seize or go lumpy - just stir quickly and pour quickly on the popcorn. Once mixed in it will be fine.
Place popcorn in a very large mixing bowl.
Melt almond bark according to package instructions. (I melted mine on the stove in just a few minutes.)
When completely melted, add extract or peppermint oil.
Pour the bark mixture over the popcorn and pour crushed candy canes on top. Stir to evenly coat.
Spread popcorn mix onto waxed paper to cool.
Melt chocolate chips slowly in the microwave (follow the bag instructions).
Drizzle over popcorn mixture.
Let mixture dry completely until chocolate and almond bark are hardened. (Close to the end of this process, I packed mine up and put it in the refrigerator to help it solidify faster.)
Once mixture is solid, break it apart into chunks, and enjoy!