This Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe is the Best!

We are pretty wild about candy canes and popcorn, and we are glad it’s December so we can start making our delicious Candy Cane Popcorn.

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Most of the recipes we’ve seen out there include white chocolate, but we aren’t big fans. This version is an ooey-gooey goodness of buttery, caramel popcorn mixed with a fresh peppermint crunch. It’s nothing short of spectacular. Seriously you should make some today too.

Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe
Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe


2 sticks Butter
Half a Bag of Large Marshmallows (about 22)
3 bags of Microwave Popcorn
1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
4 Candy Canes, crushed
1/4 teaspoon Salt

TO MAKE: Begin by melting the butter and marshmallows together in a large pan (I use my Le Creuset for everything!). While the mixture is melting, get your popcorn popping (be sure to check out our Microwave Popcorn Trick) Next crush up the candy canes — the kids love to help with this part. By the way, if you don’t have Peppermint Extract try making it with double the amount of candy canes. Once marshmallows are completely melted turn off the heat and add peppermint extract, candy canes and salt. Stir to combine then gradually add in the popped popcorn. Be sure not to let any unpopped kernels into the pot (nobody wants a chipped tooth!). Stir gently until popcorn is evenly coated. Eat warm or cool — either way it’s delicious.

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You can also package this popcorn up to give with our free printable Candy Cane Popcorn Gift Labels.

If you love peppermint too then be sure to checkout these other posts:

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Christmas Corn Flake Wreath Treats

Bettijo Bridges

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Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.

7 thoughts on “This Candy Cane Popcorn Recipe is the Best!”

  1. Help! I was going to try to make this tonight for my coworkers for Christmas, but I’m confused as to what marshmallows I need! My store sells 3 sizes: mini, what I would consider “regular,” and jumbo – when you say “large” do you mean the regular or the jumbo ones?? I was assuming the regular but 2 sticks of butter per half bag of regular seems like a lot since I know that regular rice krispie treats only use 3 tbsp of butter for an entire bag of regular? Or is it supposed to be very buttery? Thanks in advance for a clarification – hoping to hear back from you soon!


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