Musings of a Museum Fanatic: Peppermint Popcorn Crunch Bark

12.13.2017

Peppermint Popcorn Crunch Bark

It's the holidays! It's the time when we're all working on making gifts for friends, family, coworkers and so many other people in our lives. It can get really expensive! I'm a fan of the food gift, it's cost effective, doesn't give the person another thing to put somewhere in their already packed house and it shows them that you care because you took the time to make it for them. 

Best part of the Peppermint Popcorn Crunch Bark is it's super duper easy but tastes so good everyone will think you spent hours and hours on it! I'll be making several batches this year for all of my gifting. 


Ingredients 
8 cups lightly salted, unbuttered popcorn (1 bag)
1 cup mini pretzels

12 oz vanilla flavored almond bark 

7 large candy canes or 20 peppermint hard candies, coarsely crushed

1 cup Christmas colored M&Ms





Directions:

1. Spray bottom of Large Sheet Pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pop popcorn according to package directions. 




2. Put popcorn in large mixing bowl (take out unpopped kernels!!). Crunch up pretzels into the popcorn. 



3. Put almond bark in large Silicone Prep Bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 1½ minutes; stir. Keep heating for 30 seconds until completely melted.



4. Pour melted bark over popcorn mixture. Mix gently with until evenly coated. Add remaining mix-ins and mix gently. 



5. Pour popcorn mixture onto pan, spreading evenly. Refrigerate 5–10 minutes or until set. Break into pieces and serve. Store at room temperature in airtight container for up to 5 days. 


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