Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Sweet and salty, with a hint of peppermint, this Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark will be a hit at your next holiday get together.

Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark

The holiday season is in FULL SWING on the internet. Blogs are bursting with cookies, homemade gifts, holiday cocktails and giveaways. You name it and us bloggers have got you covered. I’m no different. I’ve got some great pepperminty festive recipes coming your way. And a couple with cranberries too.

Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark

First up is this holiday peppermint popcorn bark. It might look familiar to you. I basically took this holiday popcorn bark that I made for Valentine’s Day earlier this year and tweaked it to work for the winter holidays by replacing the melted white chocolate with melted candy cane Hershey’s kisses.

Candy Cane Hershey Kisses

This creates a subtle peppermint flavor that pairs with the chocolate, popcorn and pretzels just perfectly. I chose to use dark chocolate red and green M&Ms, but you could also use the festive peppermint M&Ms if you’d like.

Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark

I made a double batch of this stuff last weekend to take to a gingerbread house party we went to. It was a big hit and I got multiple requests for the recipe. One thing to note. If you use microwave popcorn, use a lightly salted butter-free variety so the flavors don’t interfere with the intent of this treat.

Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark

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Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Sweet and salty, with a hint of peppermint, this Holiday Peppermint Popcorn Bark will be a hit at your next holiday get together.

Ingredients:

8 cups popcorn (equal to 1 bag microwave popcorn)
3 cups pretzel sticks, broken in half
8 oz candy cane kisses, unwrapped
1 1/2 cups dark M&Ms (or peppermint M&Ms)
3 oz or 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup sprinkles

Directions:

Pop corn according to package directions.

Put popped corn and pretzel pieces into a large bowl. Make sure to get all of the unpopped kernels out.

Melt candy cane kisses in a microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring in between, until melted.

Pour melted candy cane kisses over popcorn mixture and mix with your hands to coat completely. Pour onto a wax paper or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with M&Ms. Mix a little more to incorporate M&Ms.

Melt bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Drizzle over popcorn bark. Sprinkle sprinkles over popcorn.

Allow to cool and break into large pieces.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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25 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Cake”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — June 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Happy birthday! Today is my husband’s birthday, and he also requested a chocolate cake. I baked him Ina Garten’s Beatty’s chocolate cake. Your chocolate cake may be the one I bake for my birthday later this year. 🙂

    • beantownbaker — June 17th, 2013 @ 8:48 am

      That’s a really good chocolate cake recipe too! Tell your husband happy birthday!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Happy birthday! A no frills chocolate fudge cake sounds perfect 🙂

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This looks amazing!! And happy birthday!!!

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    tracy {pale yellow} — June 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday! Noting like a perfectly simple chocolate cake to ring in a new year! This one looks scrumptious!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    That is seriously one gorgeous cake!!! I think I’m in love!

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    carolg — June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    happy birthday and thanks so much for the chocolate cake- can’t have too many chocolate cake recipes

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

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    Jessamyn — June 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    We’re birthday buddies! Hope you had a great day!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Your cake looks amazing!!

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

    and if i want to make this 9 x 13?any caveats? i never know if i can just change pan size and oven time/temp?

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

      Two 9″ round pans is the same amount of cake batter as a 9×13 pan. I’d probably use the same temp and start checking around the same time. But I would expect it to take longer to bake in the end.

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    tnx- 9 x 13 is easier to tote

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Oh goodness, this looks indulgent! I need to make this for my husband as soon as I can!

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — June 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Happy birthday! This cake is to die for- looks so chocolatey and fudgey. Hope you had a great day!

    • beantownbaker — June 19th, 2013 @ 7:13 am

      Thanks! I had a great birthday this year.

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    krimpetgirl — June 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Tomorrow is my birthday and I am making your birthday cake for my big day!

    Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — June 23rd, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

      Happy birthday tomorrow!! Hope you enjoy the cake as much as I did.

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — July 5, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Wow – this cake looks so good! I am always looking for chocolatecake recipes to try – so glad to have stumbled on your blog!

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    Amber Berry — August 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I just made this for my mom and brothers Birthday tomorrow 🙂 I will come back and let you know how mine turned out 🙂 thanks for the recipe and happy late Birthday!

    • beantownbaker — August 4th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      Definitely let me know how it goes!

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    Amber Berry — August 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The cake turned out amazing and was a huge hit! Most of the kids weren’t a huge fan but i don’t think they have learned to appreciate dark chocolate 🙂

    • beantownbaker — August 5th, 2013 @ 7:14 am

      Glad it was a success (for the adults!)

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