Funfetti Popcorn (or Bunny Bait for Easter)

03.18.2012

I’m going to warn you now so you can’t say I didn’t warn you later, this festive, sweet treat is HIGHLY addictive!  Isn’t it fun?  It’s perfect for birthdays and holidays because not only is it amazingly delicious but it makes a huge bowl full so you’ll have enough for a crowd of people.  It is also easy to switch it up for different holidays, I listed a few alternate variations below.  No matter what holiday it is, you are going to want this stuff around!  Both kids and adults alike will absolutely love it, and you will love how easy it was to make!

Funfetti Popcorn (or Bunny Bait for Easter)

Funfetti Popcorn (or Bunny Bait for Easter)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn
  • 12 oz. Plain Vanilla Candy Melts, such as Wilton*
  • 1 1/3 cups pretzel squares, broken into pieces
  • 1 12 oz. bag plain Milk Chocolate M&Ms or Mini M&Ms (for Bunny Bait use pastel M&Ms)
  • Multicolored Sprinkles, about 1/4 - 1/3 of a 2 oz. container

Directions

  • Pop popcorn in a popcorn popper into a large bowl (or alternately in the microwave if using microwave bags of popcorn) according to manufactures directions. Remove any unpopped popcorn kernels. Toss in broken pretzel pieces and M&Ms.
  • Melt Vanilla Candy Melts in a microwave safe bowl on HIGH power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. 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, and gently stir mixture until evenly coated (don't over stir though or your sprinkles wont stick if the white chips begin to set and harden). Pour mixture into a single layer onto wax paper. Sprinkle entire mixture evenly with sprinkles before vanilla chips set. Allow to cool and harden, then gently break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
  • Note: I was able to fill 8 - 9 1/2"x 4" party treat bags about 2/3 full with this recipe, just to let you know so you have an idea for gift giving.
  • Recipe Source: Adapted from Bake at 350

Notes

*These can be found in the cake decorating section of some supermarkets, at craft stores or at specialty kitchen kneads stores.

http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/03/funfetti-popcorn-or-bunny-bait-for-easter/

Switch it up (and name accordingly =)


Christmas – Christmas Crunch
Use 1 12 oz bag green and red Milk Chocolate M&Ms
Optional – add in crushed hard or soft (such as Bob’s) peppermint candies
Use green and red sprinkles

Valentines – Love Lure
Use 1 12 oz bag pink, red, white Milk Chocolate M&Ms
Use red and pink sprinkles
Optional – add in cinnamon imperial hearts candy or pink, red and white conversation hearts

St. Patricks Day – Leprechaun Lunch
Use 6 oz green and 6 oz. yellow M&Ms, or 12 oz. green (available at craft stores)
Use green and yellow sprinkles

Easter – Bunny Bait
Use 1 12 oz bag pastel colored Milk Chocolate M&Ms

July Fourth – Fourth Fireworks Crunch
Use 6 oz red M&Ms and 6 oz blue M&Ms (available at craft stores)
Use multicolored red, blue and white sprinkles mix
Optional – sprinkle with red Poprocks candy once chocolate has almost set (so they don’t just dissolve)

Halloween – Bat Bait
Use 12 oz brown and orange M&Ms
Use black and orange sprinkles
Optional – add in crushed Oreos in place of pretzles

Thanksgiving – Turkey Treats Mix
Use 12 oz. Reese’s Pieces in place of M&Ms
Use brown, yellow, orange, red sprinkles

…That’s just my random list I thought up but you could change these up (Bunny Bait not my own idea, adapted from Bake at 350) and add your own ideas.  You could even replace the M&Ms with jelly beans, skittles or Sixlets.  I hope you have fun holidays throughout the year and a great upcoming Easter!

25 comments

  • SerenaB: Such a wonderful idea! I love how you packaged it perfect for little treats for friends to take home! Have a wonderful week! Xoxo March 18, 2012 at 12:16pm Reply

  • YummyInspirations: What a great idea! Think I’ll do something similar for my son’s birthday! Thanks for sharing! March 18, 2012 at 5:04pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I think I just found what to make for cub scouts this week my soon will love helping making this. Might even make it for the baby showe I’m hosting. March 18, 2012 at 9:31pm Reply

  • bridget {bake at 350}: Isn’t it fun!?!? I could eat it all myself! March 19, 2012 at 11:42am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Bridget – It is so fun, and SO addictive! I had to hurry and gift it or I would have easily eaten it all myself. Thanks for a great recipe! I love your blog! March 20, 2012 at 10:02pm Reply

  • KayLyn: Found this on Pinterest…looks excellent! Can’t wait to try. I’ve done white chocolate popcorn before (just popcorn and melted white chocolate) but found with a little butter and salt it helps add some richness to it. Ever try that? I’d be interested in your opinion on adding butter and salt with the other mix ins in this recipe. March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: KayLyn – I’m glad you mention that because I do a lot of popcorn recipes and I’ve wondered if adding butter would make the popcorn soggy at all? I always love things a bit richer so I would love to give it a try! And a hint of salt would be good too, I thought of adding a bit and a bit of vanilla but I decided just to stick with the recipe and keep it simple =). Thanks for your comment! March 28, 2012 at 5:59pm Reply

  • Handmade by Hilani: Love this. Planning my Easter Menu and this is surely on it! March 28, 2012 at 6:01pm Reply

  • oatsandbeansandbabygrow.com: Have you seen the white chocolate M&Ms they have out for Easter now? That might be white chocolate overload, but they’re super yummy. Or even jelly beans! Cute idea :) March 28, 2012 at 7:56pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: You can never have too much white chocolate =) it sounds delish to me, and I think kids would love it with jelly beans! March 29, 2012 at 9:05am Reply

  • The Paige Family: How many days in advance can you make this? Does the melted chocolate keep the popcorn from going stale? April 3, 2012 at 7:26am Reply

  • Jaclyn: The Paige Family – I would say no more than 1 or 2 days in advance. That’s just my recommendation it would probably be good for much longer because you can buy similar stuff in specialty shops and it’s been sitting there for weeks but I think in nearly all cases the fresher the better. April 3, 2012 at 7:53am Reply

  • KayLyn: I finally got around to making this and decided to make two batches, one with butter, one without. I put 1/2 T. butter on one batch and made the other without. I love both, but feel the butter gives it a richer taste even with the add-ins. I think I could even safely use up to a tablespoon without it getting soggy. I put the butter on first, stirred it up good, the added the melted chocolate. Thanks so much for sharing this, it is a super fun, yummy, and easy treat to bring where ever! April 18, 2012 at 4:06pm Reply

  • Jessica Jones: what’s the nutritional info on this? just curious. my mom made some and gave me a bag. I want to eat it, just not all of it if it’s high in calories..Lol March 17, 2013 at 9:28am Reply

  • Terri Karls: Our Easter Sunday needs this treat—I’ll be making it to have at our Easter egg hunt. March 22, 2013 at 7:22am Reply

  • Nicki: thinking about skipping the m&ms and adding nuts and/ or lucky charms. This looks so cute! Thank you!! March 22, 2013 at 12:51pm Reply

  • teena: i couldn’t find vanilla candy melts so can i use white chocolate chips? wondering if it will be too thick…:) March 26, 2013 at 9:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think the white chocolate chips would be too thick and somewhat gummy for coating popcorn. You can use the white almond bark that is located near the chocolate chips in the baking isle of most grocery stores, it works basically the same. March 28, 2013 at 9:58pm Reply

  • Melina: YUM!! Just made this for Easter festivities this weekend and I’m afraid it won’t last past tonight! So addicting!! March 29, 2013 at 9:09pm Reply

  • sunniedaes: Made this for our Easter celebration that we held yesterday. Bagged it up in Easter themed cello bags and placed one at each plate. My kids are all grown now but they loved it! I only got five bags out of the recipe but my bags were probably bigger. Certainly made for a festive table along with my bunny salt and pepper shakers. Thanks for a wonderful and easy treat. March 30, 2013 at 10:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome =), so glad it was enjoyed! March 30, 2013 at 8:52pm Reply

  • nicole: loooved this quick easy pleasing to the eye and to the pallet recipe!!! I’ve adapted it for many other occasions like a bridal shower and called it “Bridal bites”.I tied the bags with little labels . I was wondering if this recipe would freeze well? Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe! May 15, 2013 at 12:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’ve actually never tried freezing any type of popcorn so I’m not sure but that’s a good question. I think it would probably go stale but not certain. I’m glad you’ve like this though :). May 16, 2013 at 10:12pm Reply

  • Janet: Why not just use microwave popcorn that has
    butter and salt flavorings already?! Then no
    worries about being soggy! April 8, 2014 at 10:54am Reply

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