Monday, July 11, 2011

Thin Mint Popcorn

I know you probably think all my family ever eats is popcorn and popsicles.  Just to reinforce that idea I thought I better post my latest popcorn creation.  Cinnabon might still be my favorite, but my husband (who is a chocolate-mint hater) went crazy over this! Also there is a leafy green in my picture so the road to healthier family eating is being paved already.  Seriously, this is a big step for me guys.
This would also be a super cute popcorn for Halloween.  It comes out dark and creepy looking and it would look awesome with candy corn in it. Even though candy corn is kind of nas-tay


 Thin Mint Popcorn 
1 1/2 bags light microwave popcorn, popped (Don't use 2 full bags)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp baking soda 

1 package Thin Mint cookies (or Keebler Grasshoppers), coarsely chopped

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Rip open your popcorn bags and tear them carefully down the middle.  (Basically make your popcorn bag flat with the popcorn sitting on top of it.  This will cause all the unpopped kernels to fall to the bottom, so you can easily scoop up handfuls of the popped pieces only.) Place the popped kernels in a large bowl.

Stir together the sugars, corn syrup, cocoa, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium high heat until boiling.  Allow to boil 2 minutes. Then stir in peppermint extract and baking soda. Mixture will foam.

Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn in your bowl and stir until very well coated.  Spread the popcorn onto the foil-lined sheet.  Bake in the oven 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped cookie pieces. Allow to cool to room temperature.  (Put in freezer for 10 minutes or so if you're impatient like me).  Break into chunks and store in an airtight container. Best after aging a day or two.

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S.V. said...

Thin mints are one of my favorite cookies and I love popcorn I can see how this would be yummy.

Tina @flourtrader said...

Wow-I am ready for a popcorn party! This really puts caramel popcorn to shame. Lovely flavor-Yum

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Oh wow, love this!!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

I just love thin mints. That popcorn sounds really yummy!

Cassie | Bake Your Day said...

So glad I found your blog, thanks for stopping by mine. This popcorn is awesome, what a great idea. My husband and I both love a chocolate/mint combo, we would love this!

Kate @ Kate from Scratch said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I just made plain old caramel corn with sea salt. This is like cookies meets popcorn meets awesome. I'm officially outshined...and I thank you for it. haha!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

now that is one impressive popcorn, I would love to dive into a bowl of that wonderful creation! Just don't forget the napkins!

Mother Rimmy said...

Unlike your hubby, I love thin mints and popcorn. Can't wait to try this for my next movie night.

Jill @ Dulce Dough said...

Thin mints are my favorite! I love this idea!

Jocie's Mom said...

Amazing! I absolutely adore thin mints! Couple it with popcorn and I'm well on my way to a food coma. Well done :)

Anonymous said...

That's pretty cool! I'm sorry you don't like Candy Corn - I love it....I always buy the first bag I see and tell hubby the fall season has officially begun! Of course, I don't it much of it...but I would with this great popcorn!

Sandy @ Everyday Southwest said...

Genius! Two of my favorite foods... together... now I don't have to choose!

Thanks for the friend add! I look forward to more of your creative recipes!

Unknown said...

Katie, I am so glad you "found" me! And thank you so much for joining in on "Made it on Monday".
And guess who made my TOP 3 Picks for week #18......YOU!
It will be posted on the blog on Monday! :)

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