My 9 year old daughter was searching for something she could actually make by herself to give to her brothers for Christmas. She was sweating a bit over her original idea of dried apple slices, because we couldn't get a 'private' block of time big enough to get this done in secret before Christmas. So when I saw a version of this recipe on a friend's page, I knew we could tackle this lil project with grace and ease! It turned out to be fun too, and just so happens to support great digestive health! LOL! :-)
I'm all for multi-tasking, so when I saw I needed to run out for the white candy coating to make it right away, I thought "Hmm, if I put the candy canes in a ziploc and stick em under my tire before I pull out of the garage, I'll come home to crushed candy canes!" :-) Well, it was hilarious, but I was wrong, so don't bother with that... My daughter used the flat side of a meat cleaver to pound 3 large candy canes into powdery perfection. :-)
We put 1/2 of a 12 ounce bag of Ghiradelli White Melting Wafers in a makeshift double boiler over medium heat, while we popped 1/2 cup of kernels in a hot air popper. (It made a large bowl of popcorn - mixing bowl sized)
Once the wafers had melted we removed it from the heat and added 1 Tbsp of organic coconut oil to make it more spreadable, and 5 drops of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil to make it fabulous. **Be careful...we were only shooting for 4 drops--and peppermint is really easy to overdo!**
We lined a 13 x 9 baking pan with wax paper next, and mixed about 1/2 the candy coating mixture into the bowl of popcorn and 1/2 the candy cane powder and carefully folded it over and over to spread it around evenly. We poured the popcorn into the pan, leveled it out and drizzled the remaining candy coating mixture on it with a spoon and sprinkled on the remaining powdered candy cane. After she quit laughing, my daughter gave it two thumbs up. :-)
It was delicious while warm, and it's still delicious after setting up. Once the candy coating hardens, the popcorn might need a liiittle help separating.. (Hmmmm, maybe we could even make theses into popcorn balls! Edible ornaments next year? ;-)
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