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Candy Cane Popcorn

Festive candy cane popcorn covered in a buttery marshmallow coating. Sweet and savory with the perfect peppermint flavor. 

We’re a big popcorn family and love to enjoy it as a snack or treat. Around the holidays, we always make fun variations like this Christmas popcorn, popcorn balls, peppermint bark popcorn and microwave caramel corn. So yummy!

candy cane popcorn in a red bucket with a label

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If you’re looking for an easy and fun winter-time treat, this recipe is perfect. Popcorn and peppermint are both so delicious, so why not create a tasty treat that combines the two. Talk about perfection!

Most candy cane popcorn recipes use white chocolate, but we used marshmallows instead so that it would taste buttery like true popcorn. It’s more savory-sweet (similar to kettle corn) and is amazingly delicious accented by the bright peppermint flavor.

The best part is that this Christmas popcorn is crazy easy to whip up, which makes it the perfect neighbor gift this holiday season. Download our free gift label below for an extra special touch!

crushing candy canes with a muddler

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Popcorn (Pre popped, microwave or stovetop popcorn)
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Candy Canes
  • Salt

The best way to crush candy canes

There are a few nifty ways to crush the candy canes into bite-sized pieces. My trick is to use a muddler or even a molcajete (used to make guacamole). It crushes them up super quickly!

You can also use a blender or food processer (only pulse 1-2 times). Or even add them to a ziploc bag and crush using a cup or rolling pin.

using a muddler to crush candy canes

How to make candy cane popcorn

Melt butter and marshmallows

In a large pan, begin to melt the butter and marshmallows. While the mixture is melting, cook the popcorn in the microwave.

Crush the candy canes 

Crush the candy canes into small pieces (check out the different crushing methods above). If you don’t have peppermint extract, try making it with double the amount of candy canes.

Combine all ingredients 

Once marshmallow mixture has melted completely, turn off the heat and add peppermint extract, candy cane pieces and salt. Stir to combine, then gradually add in the popped popcorn. Keep stirring until popcorn is well coated.

mixing together candy cane popcorn with a wooden spoon

How long will it last?

This candy cane popcorn mix will stay fresh for 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container or bag. It never lasts that long in our house though. :) You can enjoy it warm or cold – whichever way you prefer!

Great for gifting!

We filled the popcorn into these adorable red containers that are perfect for gifting. Just be sure to transfer the popcorn to the containers before it cools and hardens. This batch filled two containers perfectly so try not to snitch too much… if you can help it! ;)

FREE candy cane popcorn gift tags

Download and print our free printable popcorn gift labels to seal up your jars and then they’re ready to give.

candy cane popcorn in a Christmas container with a festive label

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candy cane popcorn in a red bucket with a label

Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Festive candy cane popcorn covered in a buttery marshmallow coating. Sweet and savory with the perfect peppermint flavor.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 22 marshmallows (about half a bag)
  • 3 bags microwave popcorn (plain or lightly salted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 candy canes , crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Begin by melting the butter and marshmallows together in a large pan. While the mixture is melting, get your popcorn popping.
  • Next crush up the candy canes. If you don’t have peppermint extract, try making it with double the amount of candy canes.
  • Once the marshmallows are completely melted, turn off the heat and add peppermint extract, candy canes and salt. Stir to combine then gradually add in the popped popcorn. Be sure not to let any unpopped kernels into the pot. Stir gently until popcorn is evenly coated. Eat warm or cool - either way it’s delicious!

Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

Originally written by Bettijo and Aimee from Paging Supermom for I Heart Naptime.

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