Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe
I've been really busy lately and haven't seen many friends over the last while so I decide to invite a couple of them over last minute. To my surprise they are available – Yippee. Now to make some treats for us to nosh on. I have plenty of food to make some delicious savoury bits and pieces but I don't really have the ingredients or the time to bake up something sweet.
I rifle through my cabinets. Of course, I have popcorn. I always have popcorn, in my house it's a munching staple. I spot a new container of chocolate Glaze Pop that I haven't yet had the chance to try. Okay, chocolate popcorn but I need to pair it with something fun so that I can, as Emeril would say, “kick it up a notch”. What flavour goes with chocolate? That's when I remember a leftover box of peppermint candy canes I bought to use as decorative touches on some Christmas parcels. I grab them and get to creating my first ever batch of Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Popcorn – how very wintery and given the cold temps in Toronto lately it’s totally fitting.
I set out the bowl and my friends devour it. This might have been the first ever batch but it most certainly won't be the last!
Here's what you'll need:
- ½ cup Vintage Red Popcorn Kernels
- 3 tbsp Real Theatre Popping Oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup Chocolate Glaze Pop
- 8 Peppermint Candy Canes
Remove the wrapping from the candy canes and place them in a sturdy plastic freezer bag. Grab a rolling pin and begin smashing them until you end up with crushed bits of candy. They don't have to be a consistent size, in fact, it's better if you have some bigger and smaller bits.
Next, add the Real Theatre Popping Oil to your Whirley Pop Popcorn maker and put it over medium heat. Let it heat through then add a few test kernels to the popper. Once they pop, add the vintage Red Popcorn Kernels, the salt and the chocolate glaze pop and begin cranking the handle. Slowly but constantly stir throughout the popping process. Once the popping noises slow down, remove from the heat and keep stirring until the noise stops completely. Add the crushed candy canes and give the handle a few more cranks to combine. Pour it into your favourite colourful bowl and enjoy!
While smashing candy canes is a great way to get out some stress it can be a bit time consuming and messy. Wrap the bag in a tea towel to avoid candy bits flying all over your kitchen. Of course, If you have a mini chopper you can use it to crush your candy canes instead. Just pulse them a few times and you'll have candy cane bits in no time.
For me it's all about the presentation. For this recipe, I'm using this vintage red bowl that goes with our vintage red popcorn. It belonged to my mother – not only is it retro-chic but it makes for a great red accent to any table.
If you aren't a fan of peppermint thankfully there are a bunch of AWESOME candy cane flavours available these days. So, see if you can find orange or cherry both will complement the chocolate glaze wonderfully.