Christmas Crunch

Materials

What you need:

  • 1-2 bags plain popcorn
  • 24 oz white candy melting wafers
  • 1-2 cups plain christmas M&Ms
  • crushed candy canes
  • mini pretzels (or broken pretzel pieces)
  • red and green sprinkles or coloured sugar

Preparation

How to assemble:

Step 1: Using an air popper or stove top, pop popcorn. (or alternately in the microwave if using microwave bags of popcorn) following directions. Remove any un-popped popcorn kernels. Place in large bowl.

Step 2: Toss in broken pretzel pieces and M&Ms (you can set some aside to sprinkle on at the end if you want them to show through better).

Step 3: In a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate melting wafers in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Remember that the chocolate will continue to melt after removing from microwave.

Step 4: Drizzle half of melted chips over popcorn mixture, then stir, tossing gently a few times with a rubber spatula. Then drizzle remaining half of melted chips over popcorn. Gently stir mixture until evenly coated (don’t over stir though or your sprinkles won't stick if the white chips begin to set and harden).

Step 5: Pour mixture into a single layer onto wax paper or parchment paper (or into cookie sheets lined with the paper). Sprinkle entire mixture evenly with sprinkles before melted white chocolate starts to set. Allow to cool and harden, then gently break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

NOTES: 

  • For stocking stuffers or hostess gifts, fill up decorative cellophane bags with coloured ribbon.
  • You could also try different flavored candy melts such as chocolate, mint or peppermint.
  • For best tasting results, serve this within a few days as popcorn tends to go stale.
  • Try different festive sweets such as crushed candy canes mini candy canes or marshmallows.
  • This is easily customizable for other holidays just swap out with other colors of seasonal M&M’s and sprinkles.


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