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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mint Chocolate Popcorn

I hope you have already had the distinct pleasure of encountering those pink-and-white peppermint marshmallows they sell around Christmastime.  They make seriously delightful rice crispy treats, add minty fun-lovin' to a mug of chocolate, and, at least at our house, are very persuasive when it comes to bribes.
 This year, I actually flipped the bag over, to discover an intriguing and super easy recipe for peppermint chocolate popcorn, which we immediately made and took to a big post-Thanksgiving family party.  Dang good, people.  Tiny bit of salt, lots of marshmallow and chocolate, with the trademark crispy crunch you always want from a popcorn snack.  When melted with chocolate, I have to say, the mallow mint is very subtle, but with a dash of peppermint extract, equilibrium is restored.

Mint Chocolate Popcorn (print recipe)
Makes about 12 cups

1/2 tsp salt, divided
12 cups warm air popped popcorn
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
40 Jet-Puffed Mini Peppermint Mallows
1/4 to 1/2 tsp peppermint extract, optional

1.  Heat oven to 275 degrees.  Sprinkle 1/4 tsp salt over popcorn in a large bowl; toss to coat.  Set aside.

2.  Melt chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan on low heat, stirring frequently.  Add marshmallows; stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/4 tsp salt and peppermint extract, if using.

3.  Pour chocolate over popcorn; toss to coat well.  Spread onto a greased baking sheets.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp, stirring after 15 minutes.  Cool on wax paper.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe from the back of the peppermint marshmallow bag

1 year ago:  Sticky Toffee Pudding

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was the proud recipient of the popcorn leftovers (what little was left) and they were all mine as we drove home the next day. Made the sad trek northward a lot less miserable. This popcorn is SO delicious. Just the right balance of sweet, salty, and deeply chocolatey. Wish I had some right now, in fact.

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