Holiday Popcorn Bark

On a whim the other day, I bought a bag of Valentine’s Day M&Ms. I love M&Ms. Especially dark chocolate ones. As I continued my grocery shopping, I was thinking about what I would do with the M&Ms. I decided to just set them in a bowl on my desk at work. A lot of my coworkers have candy dishes on their desk, so I figured why not. But then I got to thinking about it. A dish of M&Ms sitting on my desk could be really dangerous. That’s a recipe for me eating 80% of the bag of M&Ms.

Holiday Popcorn Bark

The next thought that came to mind was to whip up some White Chocolate Frito Popcorn. I decided against it since I had just recently made the Dorito Oreo Popcorn. I started looking through the cabinets to see what else I had on hand.

Holiday Popcorn Bark

White chocolate? Check. Popcorn? Check. M&Ms? Check. Sprinkles? Check. I was just going to toss everything together and call it a day. But I really wanted something salty and crunchy in there. So I had Hubby grab some pretzels on his way home from his coffee run and voila – Holiday Popcorn Bark.

Holiday Popcorn Bark

This recipe is obviously adaptable for any holiday. Just add some festive M&Ms and sprinkles for whatever holiday is right around the corner! It would also be perfect for a birthday using regular M&Ms and sprinkles! The options are endless.

One Year Ago: Peanut Butter Caramel Corn and Salted Caramel Sauce
Two Years Ago: Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot and Crunchy Nut Encrusted Chicken Tenders
Three Years Ago: M&M Cookies and BBQ Chicken Pizza Sticks
Four Years Ago: Vegan Chocolate Banana Caramel Cupcakes

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Holiday Popcorn Bark

This popcorn bark can be adapted to whichever holiday is coming around the corner

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

10 cups of popped popcorn (1 bag microwave popcorn)
3 cups prezels, broken into pieces
8 oz white chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cup M&M’s
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 white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted.

Pour melted chocolate 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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14 Responses to “Dairy Free Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla Ice Cream Cupcakes”

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    ttfn300 — May 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

    these look so fun! i, too, am LI, but i carry lactaid with me everywhere… and jp licks makes a lactose free flavor 🙂

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    Jen — May 27, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Lactaid is my best friend. I have spare pills in the car, in Hubby’s wallet, in my purse and desk. Can’t ever be too prepared! I have had their lactose free flavors and they’re quite tasty. I wish they had more than one a month though!

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    Sam — May 27, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Ooooh. This looks too good. I’m gonna have to try that.

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    Stef — May 27, 2009 at 4:23 am

    I love the idea of using the cone method for ice cream cupcakes. I hadn’t thought of that. That strawberry down the middle of the cupcake is so perfect! I’m so glad you entered again!

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    gaga — May 27, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I wouldn’t be able to live without ice cream! Your cupcakes are beautiful. Good luck in the competition!!!

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    Ingrid — May 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    They look pretty! Love the photo of the cross section where you can see the strawberry.
    ~ingrid

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    Vegiegail — May 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Those cupcakes look scrumptious! Oh, and you’ve gotta try Purely Decadent made with Coconut Milk Ice Cream! It’s rich and creamy, a lot like gelatto!

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    Jen — May 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks Vegiegail – I’ll have to check that out.

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    Sara — June 1, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    So cute! These are so pretty with the strawberry in the middle and they look delicious.

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    paru's_circle — June 3, 2009 at 4:23 am

    voted for your strawberry one..good luck!

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    Bethany — June 11, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    gorgeous. love the inset strawberry. love the Neapolitan theme.

    bethany@scoopalicious

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    Shoshana — June 12, 2009 at 4:46 am

    I agree with you about the non-dairy ice creams available in stores. However, If you have an ice cream maker vegan chick-0-stick ice cream is unbelievably rich, creamy and delicious.

    Here is the recipe http://couldntbeparve.blogspot.com/2008/09/chick-o-stick-ice-cream_04.html

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    Karen — May 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hey, these cupcakes sound awesome! I use to be Lactose Int., but I found the best cure ever & seriously have been L.I. cured for 7 years. I could not give up my dairy & use to take 3 Lactaid every time I ate.I heard about “Lactogen” on the radio on the way home from a trip. I would do anything to get rid of my L.I. so it was $90.00 at the time so I said what the heck I spent $200.00 a year on Lactaid. I was floored that it worked & 7 years later still no signs. I drink milk every morning, cheese everyday, & ice cream when ever. It retrains your body to except lactose, so for 42 days while you take it (a mix to drink with water) you have to stay away from all dairy & anything with dairy in it. I just went to the health food store during that time. I am sure you can find it on the web. Lactogen is the name

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    Karen — May 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    This is my second post, it erased my first. But for all you suffering with Lactose Int. try Lactogen it really works I have been cured for going on 7 years now. It was only $90.00 when I tried it & I was spending $200 a year on Lactaid at the time. I now can drink milk every morning, & eat cheese every day & ice cream when ever. It is not an on going thing you take it once for 43 days & that is it.

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