Flash in the Pan: Super Easy Chocolate-Peppermint Popcorn (with Corn-Free Option)

[Chocolate-Peppermint Popcorn is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and  yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

Vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free Chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe

Some people think, “Santa Claus.” Some people think, “cranberries.” Some people think, “tofurkey.” Me? When I think of the holiday season, I think: “chocolate + peppermint.”

Of course, there’s no doubt that chocolate is my favorite food on the planet. (If we’re heading off the planet, well, then maybe it’s Klingon gach). But pair that sepia confection with sweet, fragrant peppermint, and my palate may just fall into paroxysms of delight.

This recipe is my anti-candida friendly version of a product I spied the other day while shopping for groceries: a bag of white chocolate-peppermint popcorn. As soon as I saw it, I knew instantly that I’d attempt a healthified version the moment I got home. I’ve been using my air-popper and this organic popcorn to ensure we’re not ingesting GMOs in our snack. You could use any kind of popped corn, or try the corn-free option in this recipe (scroll to the bottom for the recipe).

Vegan, candida diet, sugar-free chocolate peppermint popcorn on rickiheller.com

My first batch was, in fact, made exclusively with “white chocolate,” but I quickly realized that, without the crushed candy canes sprinkled over top, my treat seemed rather anemic looking (sort of like Kristen Stewart without makeup on). The solution? Dual drizzles of both dark and white chocolate!

This recipe is so easy to make, you might prefer to keep the process a secret so that everyone thinks you slaved for hours. That way, you can talk about how exhausted you are after concocting this gourmet treat (which is why you’ll be “too tired” to help clear up later–heh heh).

Vegan, gluten-free, candida diet chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe

[In process–drizzled with chocolate and coconut butter, ready for the fridge.]

This popcorn is also really easy to eat, which makes it the perfect snack to set out in a big bowl on the counter throughout the holidays. Then you can pluck a handful as you pass by the kitchen to go sip nog by the fireplace, munch while you watch It’s A Wonderful Life, take along when you sneak upstairs to wrap gifts, or nibble when you head back to the kitchen to roast that tofurkey. Either way, it’s a delectable, festive snack.

Stay tuned: next time,  I serve up TWO fantabulous appetizers for your holiday festivities!

Vegan, gluten-free chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe on rickiheller.com

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[Mum, you know that Elsie and I love popcorn, too, right? So why’d you have to go ruin it with that contra-canine chocolate??]

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  1. Ah that sounds like a wonderful treat! I’d definitely snack on this during a movie night 🙂

  2. “Contra-canine chocolate”! Love it! Poor pitiful deprived pups. 😉 This recipe looks divine, Ricki! That last photo of it in the snowman bowl is calling my name. 🙂


    • Those Girls are pretty wacky, right? 😉 And don’t worry, Shirley, those dogs are anything but deprived (despite their pitiful expressions!). Glad you like the popcorn, too. And the bowl was there in every photo–just didn’t reveal the snowman until I munched a bit more of it! 😀

  3. I just made some (with a few modifications) and it is fabulous! Thanks for what is sure to be a gone-in-sixty-seconds dessert this holiday!


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