This candy cane popcorn is coated with white chocolate and crushed candy canes. It’s the perfect holiday popcorn recipe everyone will love!

Candy Cane Popcorn in a red bowl with two candy canes on top of the popcorn.

If you are looking for a fun, easy holiday snack, this is the one for you! This candy cane popcorn crunch is incredibly easy to make and is so fun and festive! My mother-in-law shared this recipe with me, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite snacks for Christmastime. 

Another festive popcorn option is my red velvet popcorn, with red velvet cake crumbs that are perfect for your holiday color scheme. You can also use red-colored white chocolate wafers in this recipe if you are looking for more red. However, I love the white chocolate option because you see the specks of red from the candy cane and it’s so darn cute!

Holiday popcorn is great to have around the house during Christmastime. It’s a perfect snack to include in your finger foods for you and your family to enjoy. It’s also a great option to use for any friend or neighborhood gifts. Form the popcorn into balls and wrap in plastic wrap with a holiday bow — it’s an affordable and sweet treat to share! 

Popcorn in a red bowl against a metal gray background.

Ingredients

  • Popcorn kernels — Just the popcorn kernels, not the bagged popcorn
  • White chocolate wafers — The melting chocolates. I buy mine from Michaels.
  • Crushed candy canes — About 4 regular-sized candy canes (the traditional peppermint candy canes).
A large bowl of popcorn, a bowl of white candy melts, and a bowl of crushed candy canes.

How to Make Candy Cane Popcorn

  1. Pop the popcorn kernels with an air popper. 
  2. Crush the candy canes. Place several candy canes in a food processor or blender, blend until finely crushed. 
  3. Melt the wafers according to package directions. (I place them in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 20-second intervals, stirring well after each interval. Continue doing this until fully melted).
  4. Pour the white chocolate over the popped popcorn, stir to coat. Add the crushed candy canes and gently mix.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Best when fresh though!
A large glass bowl full of popped popcorn covered in white chocolate and crushed candy canes.


Tools Used for This Recipe

Air popper

Large bowl

Small Ninja – I use this all the time. The one I linked is a slightly more advanced model. The one I have is 10 years old and I don’t think they make it anymore. But I love it because it’s easier to clean than a food processor!

Popcorn bowls!

A close up photo of popped popcorn covered in white chocolate and crushed candy canes.

Recipe Tips

Use the traditional peppermint candy canes! Candy canes come in so many different flavors, but my favorite with this popcorn recipe is the traditional.

You will want to use a very large bowl. It will make mixing so much easier!

If you don’t have a large enough bowl, spread the popcorn out on cookie sheets and drizzle the white chocolate on top, then sprinkle the crushed candy canes. Let the chocolate cool before moving to a popcorn bowl.

You can also mix the crushed candy canes into the white chocolate before pouring. 

I use the chocolate wafers you can buy at Michaels. You could also use red-colored chocolate wafers to make the popcorn extra festive. 

You can use microwave/bagged popcorn if you’d like, Preferably unsalted and unbuttered. BUT, if you love a little butter and saltiness, go ahead and try it with the white chocolate and peppermint. Who knows, maybe you’ll have found a winning combo!

Add holiday sprinkles to really bring home the Christmas colors! 

Two red bowls full of popped popcorn.

FAQ

Can you use microwavable popcorn?

Yes! I’d recommend without butter and unsalted, since that’s what you’d get if you were using just the kernels. But like I mentioned above, if you want the saltiness and buttery flavor, then go for it.

More Fun Popcorn Recipes

A bowl of popcorn on a metal plate.

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Candy Cane Popcorn in a red bowl with two candy canes on top of the popcorn.
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5 from 2 votes

Candy Cane Popcorn Crunch

Candy Cane Popcorn Crunch is the most delicious holiday recipe featuring popped popcorn covered in white chocolate and crushed candy canes. This is a great recipe to make and give as gifts to neighbors, family, and friends.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 12 cups of popcorn

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate wafers
  • 1/3 cup candy canes - crushed (will need about 4 regular sized candy canes)

Instructions
 

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with an air popper. 
  • Place several candy canes in a food processor or blender, blend until finely crushed. 
  • Melt the dipping wafers according to package directions. (I place in a microwave safe bowl and heat at half power in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval. Continue doing this until fully melted).
  • Pour the white chocolate over the popped popcorn, stir to coat. Add the crushed candy canes and gently mix. 
  • Let popcorn sit for 1 hour or so to let the white chocolate set. Store in an airtight container for up 5-7 days.

Notes

Recipe from my mother-in-law. 

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 25g (8%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 8g (12%)Saturated Fat: 4g (20%)Cholesterol: 5mg (2%)Sodium: 21mg (1%)Potassium: 83mg (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 18g (20%)Vitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 45mg (5%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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